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    Re: Paramount Farms buying out beekeepers?

    It looks like they just want to lock in a bee supply. They have so much more money at stake in their almond acreage, that even if they operate the bees at a loss, the pollination will be worth it.IF...
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    Re: Paramount Farms buying out beekeepers?

    What do Adees run? 65000 or so? And they get slapped hard every few years. 90,000? Man oh man.

    A bit about them from L A Times:...
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    Re: Paramount Farms buying out beekeepers?

    Of course they have a right to engage in free enterprise (well , maybe not in CA). It will be interesting to see what they do. Their bean counters no doubt see a way to save a nickel . Or maybe they...
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    Re: Paramount Farms buying out beekeepers?

    This should be interesting. Odds are it will blow up in their face. But guess they can afford the loss....

    "It's easy to make video's & run around to the coffee shop meetings and talk about it,...
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    Re: Old Dadant 20 Frame Trouble Shooting

    My oldest 20 frame is around 12 years old , and its direct drive ,not belt driven. So not sure how the lower bearing is set up on an older one. But if honey ever got in the bearing, its very likely...
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    Re: summer mite populations and crashes

    I think we had this discussion about what is hygienic in the past. I think the conclusion was that cleaning out blue shop towels,formic pads etc, was not the same as uncapping and removing sick...
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    Re: summer mite populations and crashes

    Yep its showing up here(near Burney). Maybe getting some lightning in the next day or two. So here it comes...:waiting:

    I've used hygienic bees for a long time. Good for keeping chalkbrood and afb...
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    Re: Old Dadant 20 Frame Trouble Shooting

    I replaced the bearing in one of the extractors about a thousand lbs ago. So I just gave it a spin by hand and it spun for around 25 seconds before stopping. No roughness. Before replacement it just...
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    Re: Old Dadant 20 Frame Trouble Shooting

    >the first thing I would check is the bearing in the bottom of the tank..<

    Thats the usual suspect when they run slow. Mine seem to get 1 season before needing replacement.I keep plenty of extras...
  10. Re: Bee Repel (N-butyric anhydride) and queens

    Well it won't repel buzzards. Every time I brought in fume boards, the buzzards would circle low over the yard. No kidding!

    Try the Mann Lake Honey bandit . Smells somewhat like Beequick but works...
  11. Re: Bee Repel (N-butyric anhydride) and queens

    Thats what I have been doing all week. Drive the bees out of the top honey super,set the fume board over the super with brood/honey. Then slip the excluder under it when most of the bees are out....
  12. Re: Is the failure rate of N. California queens higher than normal this year?

    " both the drought and the dreaded swather disease"
    Yep, gonna be tough from here on......Bees are robbing already.Syrup truck is on the way..

    There are lots of reasons bees supercede.They seem...
  13. Re: Is the failure rate of N. California queens higher than normal this year?

    300 from Heitkams, and 60 from Koehnens all put into nucs.. Only a small percentage of duds. Most are doing great. No complaints from me.
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    Re: Fighting the Rise of Bee Rustlers

    >>How about just posting some signs warning that tracking devices are embedded in hives?<<
    One large California outfit has a similar warning stenciled on EVERY hive. Makes you wonder..:)
    Do they or...
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    Re: Fighting the Rise of Bee Rustlers

    I can't get the math to work on these tracking devices. Lets say a small commercial operator runs a thousand hives in 30 beeyards. $200 per year per yard to place a device in one pallet per...
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    Re: Swinger / Hummerbee Modifications

    I put green slime in the tires and thats about it for now. Gonna have to swap some hydraulic lines around when i get time.
  17. Re: The Fascinating Story of California's Jesse James of Bee Thieves

    Good God....
    That guys still around?
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    Re: Fighting the Rise of Bee Rustlers

    Still not sure who the 'Birkenstock crowd' referred to are. If they are the 'hippy' types, well all I can say is they are my best customers. I dont have to agree with their politics to take their...
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    Re: Fighting the Rise of Bee Rustlers

    I googled them. They appear to be sandals. Most of my life was spent in cork boots. Know what those are?:)
    Not that footware is in any way related to bee theft, other than corks can put a world of...
  20. Thread: Grafting

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    Re: Grafting

    [/QUOTE] Taking the extra few seconds to redo a graft could mean an accepted queen cell, which in my opinion is more valuable than the time lost redoing it.[/QUOTE]

    Exactly right. If it doesn't...
  21. Thread: Grafting

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    Re: Grafting

    Not me. With a bag of Chinese grafting tools handy (so I can always find a good one)there is no need to prime.That is assuming the larvae are well fed, as they should be.Now I admit to occasionally...
  22. Re: Queens and nucs from Old Sol 2014.... Survivor Stock, F1 Caucasians, VSH/SMR

    Those are very nice cells,John. You just Know those are going to make great queens!
  23. Re: Bees no Longer Required to Pollinate Almonds.

    I found those in one orchard a few years back. Figured it was some kind of experiment to increase production. Since it didn't seem to be doing any harm , I let it slide. I figured if the farmer...
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    Re: Help make the call.

    Heres the latest from the NWS:

    .Extended Discussion (Tuesday through Friday)
    Anomalously strong high pressure ridge builds along the coast
    next week ensuring dry weather and well above normal...
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    Re: Help make the call.

    1300 banked. Uses 500 for the trucker order, leaves 800 and likely more on the way. No doubt he is still getting orders for those fat sassy Ca spring queens so that leaves some for the last minute...
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