August 2018 Beekeeper’s Corner

By Gerald Przybylski Jerry has been an East-Oakland beekeeper since 2011; local bees preferred. The dearth is on for most of us. The dearth is also the robbing season. Provide colonies with the smallest entrances they seem comfortable with. A small or weak (or queen-less) colony may require an entrance …

Beekeeper’s Corner July 2018

By Gerald Przybylski Jerry has been an East-Oakland beekeeper since 2011; local bees preferred. The dearth (seasonal nutrition scarcity) is here, or soon will be in your neighborhood. Well-provisioned hives, hives with some pollen stored in brood frames, and some capped honey, will consume some of these stores between now …

Beekeeper’s Corner May 2018

By Gerald Przybylski Jerry has been an East-Oakland beekeeper since 2011; local bees preferred. Spring/Summer management: * DO keep your water source filled. We all need to provide a water source for our bees. Some city and county ordinances require it. Keep your water source full until it starts raining …

Beekeeper’s Corner April 2018

By Gerald Przybylski Jerry has been an East-Oakland beekeeper since 2011; local bees preferred.   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. …

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 …