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Reuben Valles

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  • in reply to: Need Bees–Keep me on your swarm list #7964

    Reuben Valles
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    Eric, you dont have to remove your post….thats the point! There are no degrees in beekeeping, nor are there any professors in this city qualified to hand out those degrees. I believe Susan makes great points, and in the urban enviornment where others live in close proximity to your hives you need to have some good mentoring and some go to people to help you should any issues arise…….and they will. We have all made mistakes, and will continue to make mistakes and have issues come up. I just didnt want you feeling like you had to get beekeeper approvals to be involved with Honeylove and the site.

    • This reply was modified 7 months, 3 weeks ago by  Reuben Valles.
    in reply to: Need Bees–Keep me on your swarm list #7898

    Reuben Valles
    Participant

    Hi Eric, you have every right to post on the forum and ask for a swarm. The forum belongs to everyone. Sometimes you might get lucky. Susan brings up a good idea, but dont apologize for using the forum in the very manner its inteded to be used. Also, maybe this season you will get lucky and catch a swarm too! Everyone on this forum was a beginner at one time! :)

    Good Luck!

    in reply to: Woodenware for Sale #7897

    Reuben Valles
    Participant

    Hives still available!

    in reply to: Want used boxes and frames #7878

    Reuben Valles
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    I have some brand new painted deeps with the ultra cool foundationless frames from Pierce-Mieras. My lady Beeks just prefer to use the mediums, so i am selling these unused hive bodies. I have 5 deep hive bodies for sale. 4 have the foundationless frames and one hive body is just the box. the boxes are like 3 months old and have been in my garage.

    I will sale the one empty hive body for $20 bucks.
    The four hive bodies with the frames are $40 bucks each.

    Remember these are unused, painted, with the very nice metal inside the box frame rail, and foundationless frames (these frames are like 33 bucks per 10 frames alone!)

    Reuben
    310 663 5965

    in reply to: What should i do with my Brood Box as we go into winter #7218

    Reuben Valles
    Participant

    Thanks for the insight today at the mentoring session Rob, Ceebs, and Kirk. Im noticing that if you ask 10 different beeks their opinion about questions like the above aforementioned, you will get 10 different answers. It is all very helpful though. Judging by what ive been seeing in my hive and the hives we opened today at mentoring, i could do just fine by leaving my hive alone till January. The hive has plenty of honey, and the brood box is not overflowing and stuffed to the hilt yet. I think its just fine as is for a couple months.

    in reply to: Ready for Bees 9/28/2013 #7061

    Reuben Valles
    Participant

    I returned in the early morning today and finished setting up the hive. I removed all the seran wrap which exposed muliple openings in this old hive box that is falling apart. I replaced the lid with a new lid and onto a brand new shiny white honey super (medium) and returned to the bees their honey. I leveled off the hive again as level as i could. These bees seem to come at my vail quite a bit and really bump me in the face. This doesnt really happen to me when ive mentored other times, so at the moment i would say these little guys are not the most inviting bees ive worked with. I bet that seran wrap noise was annoying to them. In a couple weeks i will return and bring some sugar water to spray the guard bees a little with spray and take a solid 30 minutes of smoke and waiting. My next goal is to change out this very old and falling apart hive box so that there is only one opening in the front. Also, the brood box is one mass of comb and really stuck together. I tried to separate them today but i didnt want to bug the bees too much so i thought i will try next time. Thanks for reading :)


    Reuben Valles
    Participant

    Hello Susan, by “Properly” what do you mean exactly? The way the group described their services/referrals does indeed sound odd and not very forthcoming, but what do you think they really do then? In what way are you skeptical? Skeptical of what kind of practices?

    Thanks for your phone call the other day and all your concerns with me and Kirks transfer of my new hive :) The bees have settled quite a bit since the move Thursday night. They are using their water source nicely and seem content!

    in reply to: Ready for Bees 9/28/2013 #7056

    Reuben Valles
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    Me and Kirk went back for the final move Thursday evening after removing 4 honey supers to lighten the load back on tuesday. The hive also has two deep hive bodies. Tuesday evening went real smooth and the bees were calm. A little smoke and slow movements and it all went fine. Three supers were sort of empty with very little comb or honey (honey was taken off back in June i was told). The super sitting on the 2 deeps was absolutely full of honey. All 10 frames wall to wall and the frames were stuck together.

    Thursday night was a little more of an adventure. Without opening the hive, we simply applied some smoke and attempted to seran wrap on the lid, and the outside joint between the hives. We closed the entrance, put a strap around the entire hive that could be ratcheted tight. It was dark and we were doing this by flashlight. The bees starting getting louder and more excited. Next thing i know they were all over my vail and suit. Im not the most experienced Beek but even i could sense the bees were ratcheted up a bit. After Kirk gets stung 7 or 10 times and we’re going “Damn”, Kirk looks around the hive again. This old hive had two small cracks/openings were bees were piling out on the back. We got those openings seran wrapped/taped up shut. The bees outside the hive were still all over my vail and getting into Kirks vail. We put the hive in the truck and got into the cab with bee suits on.

    At the new location we placed the hive on its stand and then opened a small opening to the entrance and left them alone.

    I will return Monday, remove the strap and plastic wrap, and place the honey super with honey in it back on top for winter nourishment. I will try not to disturb them and leave them alone for another week or so. I really need to go through the deeps and look for brood and examen the frames, but the colony has been through alot and i will give them more time.

    Im a beek! Sweet!

    in reply to: Ready for Bees 9/28/2013 #7051

    Reuben Valles
    Participant

    Alright! So I got an established hive. I have to move it from its current location. Bit of work, but I removed some of the supers last night that werent needed. Then removed a super full of honey. Tomorrow I will go back with Kirk and seal up the entrance, secure the hive with straps and move it to its new location. I will then replace the super with honey on it for the bees to have nourishment this winter! Nice bees, hard working, and they are real workable and not mean. Im excited :)

    Not much traffic on the honeylove site. Where are all the Honeylovers/Backwards Beekeepers posting?

    in reply to: Beekeeping Questions #7049

    Reuben Valles
    Participant

    How many of you have ever gotten a swarm to come to a swarm box? If you’ve had success in attracting some bees, how did you do it? Did you use pheromone? lemongrass oil? both?

    Susan told me there are 9 feral colonies per square mile in Los Angeles, so it must be super easy to catch em right??? ;) Im kidding of course

    Just wanting to pick everyones brain

    in reply to: Ready for Bees 9/28/2013 #7048

    Reuben Valles
    Participant

    Went back to my hives today (without bees at this time). On one of them i put in some foundationless frames i picked up at Pierce-Mieras, and added an attractant with lemongrass oil. I used the entrance reducer to limit access.

    I will get a few frames with comb/scent/propolis from a mentor and add that too. Perhaps i can get lucky in the next few months and get some scouts to start taking a look. There were quite a few bees around the bushes today, so even though its not swarm season they can still smell that pheromone attractant. Who knows. Fingers crossed on that hive.

    in reply to: Anyone use liquid smoke for attic cutout? #7046

    Reuben Valles
    Participant

    Roberta, did you try the liquid smoke yet? How did it work?

    in reply to: Ready for Bees 9/28/2013 #7043

    Reuben Valles
    Participant

    Well it took most of the day, but I got two deep hives set up on stands with the stand legs in tuna cans in oil. It took a while to get the hives leveled out from left to right. I have a slight tilt downward so any moisture rolls out the front. I converted my foundation frames to foundationless with home depot paint stirers today also.
    Now I just need to find some bees

    in reply to: How Do I Get Bees? #7032

    Reuben Valles
    Participant

    Hello Everyone, well I will be ready to set up my first hive tomorrow sat September 28th, 2013. I have my deep hives, stands, and frames and will be getting them in place tomorrow morning. So starting this weekend i will actively be searching out a NUC or a swarm. I will be raising them without foundation, bee syrup, or treatments. Im going to start from day one with this style of beekeeping
    Thank you,

    Reuben Valles
    310-663-5965

    in reply to: Honeylove Forum #6979

    Reuben Valles
    Participant

    Hello Everyone, Im looking to buy some local organic honey. Any ideas of who i can contact?

    thanks,

    reubenvalles@hotmail.com

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