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 in the boxes. (Save the scrapings) Continue reading Beekeeper’s Corner, February 2018

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 feeders to encourage their colonies to build up population for February. Two months give the bees about three cycles of reproduction. Three cycles of doubling may produce eight or nine or ten frames of bees to meet customer requirements. Continue reading Beekeeper’s Corner December 2017

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 your bees forage eucalyptus during winter. In our climate our bees forage almost every day through the winter.  Keep notes. Adjust next year.  Check your hive by lifting the back every week or so. If a hive feels too light, feed it. Continue reading Beekeeper’s Corner November 2017

Beekeeper’s Corner October 2017

By Gerald Przybylski

Jerry has been an East-Oakland beekeeper since 2011; local bees preferred.

Robbing! Robbing!! Robbing!!!

Some of our fellow beekeepers have lost hives in the last month because robbers wiped them out!  During the “Dearth,” when few sources of nectar and pollen are available, our strong hives snoop around our weak hives, and nucs, with the goal of bringing home some of their surplus honey. The books tell us to narrow the entrances of our hives, and put “robber screens” on the entrances. Continue reading Beekeeper’s Corner October 2017

Beekeeper’s Corner, September 2017

By Gerald Przybylski

Jerry has been an East-Oakland beekeeper since 2011; local bees preferred.

Do participate in the National Varroa Survey… the Mite-A-Thon (Sep 9-16)
What to do?
Do your Sugar-Rolls…
Count your Varroa…
Record your results…  Then go to
https://bip2.beeinformed.org/mitecheck
and click the “Take The Survey” tab in the middle of the page. Continue reading Beekeeper’s Corner, September 2017