Beekeeper’s Corner April 2018

Rain, rain go-away!  … No! wait!! Rain, rain come back! We have roughly half the rainfall we should by this time of year, and need more. The cold rainy days keep our bees from foraging. The rain dilutes the nectar in the flowers. The bees have a harder time curing …

Beekeeper’s Corner March 2018

Reset! Rewind! The cold weather for most of the last month put the brakes on our bee colony development in some ways but maybe not in others. Large colonies in nice warm microclimates with plenty of forage probably advanced, and maybe even produced some surplus honey. Colonies in colder microclimates …

Beekeeper’s Corner, February 2018

By Gerald Przybylski Jerry has been an East-Oakland beekeeper since 2011; local bees preferred. For many of us, the next two months of beekeeping will be exciting. Prepare ‘stored’ equipment so it will be ready when needed. * Scrape the propolis from the frame end bars, and the frame shelf …

Beekeeper’s Corner December 2017

By Gerald Przybylski Jerry has been an East-Oakland beekeeper since 2011; local bees preferred. The commercial pollination beekeepers are preparing their hives now for the almond pollination. Most of them live in colder zones than we do. Yet they’re popping the covers off for a quick look and to fill …

Beekeeper’s Corner November 2017

By Gerald Przybylski Jerry has been an East-Oakland beekeeper since 2011; local bees preferred. Particularly for new beekeepers, the winter preparation questions resurface every year. #1… How much honey your bees will use during winter depends on winter forage sources. Leave less than a medium full of honey frames if …