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  1. Hello,
    I was wondering if I can talk to someone about starting couple of bee hives in Oakland on the roof of a skilled nursing facility.
    I am not keeping any bees at this time and have no equipment in California. Would be starting from scratch. I used to help my father who has been a beekeeper in the Czech Republic for decades but have no experience beekeeping in CA other than helping friends every now and then.

    thank you so much


    1. We would love to help you out.
      Please send us your contact information or come to our next meeting in Oakland which is on February 14th at the Rotary Nature Center in Lake Merritt.

  2. Hi, Ive heard that there is some organization that you can donate your backyard for beekeeping to, and was hoping you’ll have some details on that.


    1. There are members of the ACBA who would be happy to fill your backyard with bees. Please contact us with your contact information and we will pass it on to the membership.

      1. Hi, I would be happy to also house bees in our backyard. Depending on the situation, I would definitely like to do that.

  3. Hello, I live in Benicia, climate zone 17. A few years back I built a squirrel house for a backyard tree but the bees soon moved in and have had a hive in it ever since. I am looking at planting some bee friendly plants in the area as a source of food. Is there any common plants, something mu local nursery would carry in stock, that you would recommend?

    Thank you in advance for any responses.

    1. Hi there,
      Go to your local nursery and look for labels. Most nurseries stock bee friendly plants and have them labelled as such. One word of caution, the big box stores have them but they don’t always screen for plants that have been sprayed. We recommend going to a local nursery and talking with the knowledgeable employees that would be happy to help you out. Then you just have to decide whether to go “native” or not! 😉

  4. Hello, I manage a small urban farm in West Oakland. We will receive bee boxes this month. I would like to populate them with a captured swarm. How do I find out if a swarm is happening and how do I let people know that we would like a swarm in case someone captures one without a home for the bees? I will try to make the March ACBA meeting

    1. Attending the March meeting will be the best way to get a swarm from our swarm volunteers. You have time. the bees normally don’t start swarming until then at the earliest. You are invited to join the club which will also give you some opportunities to meet with a mentor which will help you maintain your new hive.

  5. Hi, we are interested in getting some bees? We have everything set up in our backyard and we just need bees? Is this something your organization can help with, if so can you please let me know what I need to do?

    Thank you,

    Abigail Roman

    1. Hi
      I would encourage you to come to our next meeting which is at the Lake Merritt Nature Center on March 14.
      Please see our meeting and events page. It is good to make contact with a mentor we have mentors and established beekeepers all over Alameda County.

  6. Hello, I’ve moved to Fremont and I have two empty beehives and two boxes of bees on order. I kept bees for two years in Pleasanton, but I still feel like a beginner. I’d like to have a beekeeper or two in Fremont who would be happy to talk with me as I try to improve my beekeeping. Any Fremont beekeepers happy to help?

    1. Hi we have several established beekeepers in the Fremont area. I would encourage you to come to our next meeting on March 14 to meet some people that can help you out.

  7. Hello!

    Do I need to register to attend the Beekeeper Association’s meeting tonight for a head count, or should I just show up?

  8. Hi My husband and I are new beekeepers. We’ve had a wild hive for some time under our shed. It comes and goes. Now we have a hive that my husband was given permission to take. Do you have any classes for the novice beekeeper in Fremont, CA.?

    1. Hi,
      There are a couple of really great beekeepers in your area.
      Will pass on your information.
      Thank you!

  9. I am an inexperienced bee person in search of info and it seems you are the center of bee knowledge around here. Question 1, we are restarting a hive and I’d like your advice on what bees to get. This is a big topic and I know next to nothing and would appreciate your advice!
    Thanks , Michelle

    1. There are many different answers to this question as you can well imagine.
      You can buy package bees from several different sources in this area and we recommend that you buy locally for best success.
      Bee Healthy Honey Shop in Oakland can get you locally grown bees. You can join the ACBA and come to our meetings as we usually get package bees around this time of year
      OUr next meeting is coming up the second Tuesday this month.

  10. Hello, all.
    I would appreciate company for harvesting honey….happy to give a jar or two in gratitude.
    I have a thriving hive near the Claremont Hotel, in Berkeley. It has a lots of honey as I chose not to harvest last fall, so that the bees can make it through the winter. Did they ever!
    I have never harvested before, and would love support. When I tried this past weekend, the bees would not get off the frames not matter how many times I hit the frame, or how carefully I tried to brush them off.
    I need to remove the honey to frames to put in empties for the bees to use.
    Please give me a “buzz” if you have time, and inclination.
    Katyamadrid numbers one two three (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. Hi- I live in Union City- I really love bees and what they do for us. I’m interested in learning more about bee keeping and wondering if there is someone in my area that I could learn by doing, sot of as an intern 🙂 My weekends and some evenings are free, it would be challenging for me to get to a meeting in Oakland but if you could possibly put me in contact with someone, I would really like to be involved.

    1. Thanks, I will pass this on to the club. To see if there is anyone nearby who could possibly get in touch with you!

  12. I’m an expired member who split back when the politics were an issue. Plan to rejoin and attend next month’s meeting.

    Is there a point in the spring when the swarm squad has their fill and needs to place swarms? I’ve captured a few easy ones but am not on any lists.
    After 3 years of total loss across multiple hives I’m trying feral only.

  13. Hi, I’m a person that just went to the most recent bee meeting this month and wanted to thanks for giving a very informational insite on the new things in bee happenings. My Dad accidentally left his umbrella at the meeting and was wondering if anyone took it in? It would much appreciated if we can get it back.

  14. I have a cousin who was just given a Bee hive and he is storing them in a box and making honey. He puts on a bee suit and uses his smoker a lot. Does he need to register them? And can over smoking them cause them to die?

    1. It depends upon where he lives.
      Over smoking can stress them out and make them sick. Also it makes the honey taste smokey.

  15. Hi – I attended your April 11 meeting as a guest and joined the Association during the same evening. Since then, however, I haven’t received any confirmation or “start-up” emails, and I am thus wondering how to be included into your membership email list to get events announcements etc. May be my email was not legible? Please let me know, I had so much fun at the meeting and I would like to stay in the loop, mostly now that I am getting my first hive!!! 🙂
    Thanks a lot.

    1. Check with our membership coordinator. Sometimes emails are not legible and they don’t get added.
      Come to our next meeting too.
      Our membership coordinator: Membership Coordinator: Paul Thompson –

  16. Hi
    I live in Fremont and I like to have a bee hive in my back yard.
    Is it safe or they will make our neighbors complain about being stung?
    Besides, is this an expensive and time consuming hubby?
    And last, where can I buy all stud and learn how to take care of It?


    1. There are many members of our club in Fremont. Perhaps you could talk with one of them.
      Usually you would want to let your neighbors know your plans and place the hive where it will not cause the bees to be having a lot of contact with your neighbors.
      At least 10 feet from the property line and the entrance facing away from the neighbors. Provide water for them so they don’t forage in your neighbor’s pool or bird bath.
      I would recommend you come to our club meeting and speak to a mentor who could guide you. It is expensive and time consuming and you have to learn how to inspect your hive so having a mentor is really important. Our next meeting is May 9th. Check out this link:

  17. Hi, I’m new to bee keeping and have gone to several meetings over the last year, but when I have a question, I’m not sure who to ask.

    My current question is where to put my topbar hive. I have read a lot but want to know from folks that live in Oakland. I live in Montclair, 1400 ft elevation and we get fog. I had my hive under an Oak tree facing southwest, with morning sun and late afternoon sun, but thought that wasn’t enough sun. Shandy from 11-4pm. My bees absconded last week. not sure why.
    I just moved the box to full sun, facing southwest. Is this too much? I’m putting in a new swarm of bees tomorrow. I could move it back to the Oak tree. Most of my yard is steep, so not everywhere is available. I have tons of fruit trees and bee friendly flowers and pants and a very big yard.
    Suggestions? Thanks.

    1. Usually you want the entrance to face south or south east. Some shade is not a bad thing as the bees have to cool down the hive during hot weather.
      You can try the full sun and see what happens since you didn’t have good luck with the shady area.
      I have bees in full sun and in part shade and the full sun hive is much stronger, so there is a chance the lack of sun during the day made a difference.
      Good luck!

  18. I am moving to a house with a beehive in the roof and would like to get them into a box (vs in the roof) how can I do that?

    1. Call our swarm hotline, 510-898-6696. You may need professional help to extract the bees from the roof.

  19. We have a Honey Bee hive in the base of a large tree trunk of a tree in our yard in Fremont. We are unable to take care of it and would love for someone to remove it. It’s a little too close for comfort. Do you have any suggestions?

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