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Los Olivos Honey Bees
  • Welcome to our beekeeping pages. We are backyard hobbyist beekeepers in Los Olivos, CA.
  • Honey Bee Swarms

    • We are happy to rescue any exposed honey bee swarms in the Santa Ynez Valley (Buellton, Ballard, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Solvang).
       
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    • Honey bee swarms are generally docile. The bees are just looking for a new home. Swarms are the natural way that a bee colony reproduces itself. Swarms are rarely defensive, since the bees have no brood or hive to protect. Before leaving their hive, the bees gorge themselves on honey to provide energy to create wax comb in their new home, and as such are too "fat" and cumbersome to use their stingers. The swarm is simply waiting for scout bees to find a new home. When the new home is found, the swarm will fly off (usually within two days).

Vic and Debbie Ceder
 
Debbie and Vic Ceder

About
  • In May 2015, we started beekeeping with two nucs (small nucleus hives) from Jeremy Rose  www.californiabeecompany.com.
  • One hive did amazing, but the bees absconded from the other (perhaps due to ants, wax moths, etc.). The remaining hive quickly populated 2 large brood boxes, then produced nine 16-oz jars of honey by October 3rd.
  • The bees are surprizingly gentle, and interesting to watch.
  • In 2016, we obtained 2 more nucs from Jeremy Rose, and got a 4th hive from an extraction.
  • As of April 2017, we have 5 hives (two from recent swarms).
  • We live in Los Olivos, California  en.wikipedia.org with year round bee forage. Clairmont (Lavender) Farms  www.clairmontfarms.com is located only about a half mile away from us.
  • We've joined the following groups:
Why we started with bees (by Vic)
  • It was the right time, and the right thing to do. Besides, how much harder can bees be than raising chickens?
  • Each year, there are fewer and fewer pollinators, due to pesticides, other environmental contaminants, disease and mites. Over the years, We've noticed a decline of bees in our yard. After recently installing solar panels, bird houses, and bat houses, honey bees seemed the next logical extension.
  • Ever since grade school, I've always wanted to keep bees. When other kids were interested in dinosaurs, I was interested in insects. I've had 3 large books about bees in my library for 30 years or more. During these younger years, I was introduced to a local beekeeper named Karl Wollarth  www.independent.com. He had a pick-your-own raspberry and blackberry patch, and sold honey and fruit at the local farmer's markets. He had several bee hives and also raised chickens. I remember being impressed with his varietal honeys: avocado, eucalyptus, and lemon. Each was different and delicious.
  • A few years ago, I discovered that 3 of my cousins were keeping bees (one in Marin County, CA; one in Denver, CO; and one in Washington, DC). That was the clincher... I just had to get bees!

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