Adopt A Hive – New Sweet Home For Primerose Hive – Montara, CA

The Palo Alto Primerose Hive now has a sweet home in Montara, California. Christa has always been intrigued with keeping bees and now she’s a new beekeeper who adopted this hive as her first.

My dad and I arrived at Christa’s just after 9:30 AM with the hive. Met Christa, her husband Greg, and their son Luke who was excited that the beeman is coming. Greg, a hardcore saltwater angler, helped Christa clear some weeds in the lot next to the house and laid a perfect foundation for the hive stand.

While there we helped set up the hive and gave Christa an hour and half lesson with Greg and Luke observation from a distance. We opened up the hive and went through frame by frame, explaining what we are seeing such as capped and uncapped honey, pollen, capped brood, eggs and larvae, drones, and of course the Queen. This hive is booming so we added a second medium with ten foundationless frames underneath the main hive body.

The Coastside provides a somewhat stable temperature for the honey bees throughout the year with mostly mild temps with only a few hot days and rarely freezing conditions. As I drove to Christa’s house today I paid close attention to the wild flowers and much Eucalyptus trees nearby that are still in bloom. Christa also has much flowers, wild blackberry, and Eucalyptus trees that surround her property.

Local beekeepers from Moss Beach says they get about 15 gallons of honey each year andΒ  have confirmed that their major flow is from the Eucalyptus trees which starts to bloom in early Winter.

The Primerose colony of honey bees are going to love their new home. Thanks Christa for adopting these girls and please send updates along with pictures.

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6 Responses to Adopt A Hive – New Sweet Home For Primerose Hive – Montara, CA

  1. Todd says:

    Wooo, looks like a nice home in Montara. I have a question about your frames. You’re going foundationless, right? Have you found they build off it and in the proper direction without issue? Also, wondering if the wax is going to blow out when I spin for honey this fall., or will it stay in tact after all those G forces? Have you experienced or heard anything of that nature?

    Thanks!

    Cheers!

  2. Hey Todd,

    I employ crush and strain only to extract my honey. If you go foundationless and use an extractor, you need to wire or use fishing line running across your frames to hold the combs in place when spinning.

    Majority of the time, guide or guideless in the foundationless frames, they build straight. Sometimes the bees will build some straight and some in awkward directions. What I find helpful is if you have any drawn frames put those in the box as a reference for the bees. If you have more than one, even better putting in a pattern such as EDEDED…

    BTW, I used to shoot weddings too. A lot of work. I now rather work with bees. πŸ™‚

  3. patricia says:

    beautiful hive!

  4. Todd says:

    Funny! Don’t think I can quit the day job yet πŸ™‚ It’s a nice mix though, that’s for sure. Little of this, little of that. Thanks for the info about going foundationless. I have three hives going in different locations. I think I will experiment and go foundationless with the supers on one hive to see what happens. Should be fun!

    Todd

  5. FYI, I’ve read that people have put foundationless frames into an extractor BUT it was 2+ year old comb.

    Now, after you asked this question I was thinking, how come no one invented or marketed anything to “wrap” around a foundationless frame so you can put it in the extractor without damaging comb. Hmm… πŸ™‚

    But I think it might be as easy as stringing the comb/frame or any other method you can think of securing the comb from breaking off under much G-force.

    I don’t have an extractor so if you do try stringing or something, let us know.

  6. Todd says:

    I will let you know how things go. Think I will keep the foundationless frames for cut comb and spin the other hives to bottle the honey.

    Keep swarming!

    Todd

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