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 …

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. …