December 2018 Beekeeper’s Corner

By Gerald Przybylski Jerry has been an East-Oakland beekeeper since 2011; local bees preferred. In mid day when the temperature is above 55ºF, the bees should be foraging a little. If they’re bringing back pollen, that’s a good sign.

November 2018 Beekeeper’s Corner

By Gerald Przybylski Jerry has been an East-Oakland beekeeper since 2011; local bees preferred. By now you shimmed under the back of your bottom board so the hive tips “forward.” This allows water collecting on the bottom board to drain out the entrance. An “awning” over the entrance will allow …

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 …