October 2018 Beekeeper’s Corner

By Gerald Przybylski Jerry has been an East-Oakland beekeeper since 2011; local bees preferred. In the fall, hives should be downsized to match the colony they contain. The very minimum amount of honey they need is all the honey on brood frames… totaling a frame or two of capped honey. …

September 2018 Beekeeper’s Corner

By Gerald Przybylski Jerry has been an East-Oakland beekeeper since 2011; local bees preferred. It’s time for us ACBA member beekeepers to do something in the service of fellow beekeepers across the country. I’m entering Varroa percentage data at the Mite-A-Thon website, and so should you. The Mite-A-Thon website is …

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 …