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    Re: Beehive theft, Kern County

    If the current rumors of 240 to 300 wont drag hives out of every nook and cranny in the US I doubt much will.
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    Re: Beehive theft, Kern County

    Will do. There are many aspects to this. Beeks need to keep their eyes and ears peeled. Unfortunately the end result is not very stiff even when ones livelihood is recovered.

    As one of the victims...
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    Re: No compete clauses

    The other day I had another call from someone who wanted to "help" with queen raising. The whole conversation smelled like a rat waitng to die and rot. Every question and suggestion was one that...
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    Re: Why is shipping not common anymore?

    The UPS rates are very high.

    Beyond the fact that people like getting bees in great shape I wonder why they cough up the dough to use UPS.

    We have found that when one uses the UPS system to...
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    Re: Why is shipping not common anymore?

    The dry alternative is actually less of an expense. And much safer. We have dry shipped packages for almost 10 years. Brought our loss rate down immediately. This year dry ( gel) will run about 60...
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    Re: re-placing bees in almonds?

    I'd leave them for the next 3 weeks and pull them at 90 % petal fall if the grower will go for it ot. Any county with almonds is going to have the government folks who deal with bees so overworked...
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    Re: Beehive theft, Kern County

    Thanks to the astute observation of Mr. T. T. of Woodland there should soon be a bust of the person responsible for the disappearance of hives belong to Ohbees and Koehnens. Keep your eyes open. If...
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    Re: Why is shipping not common anymore?

    As one of the few people who still ships packages I would say a few reasons are at play in the equation. 1.Postal service sucks. 2. Disposition of packages enmasse through distributors is much ...
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    Re: Hive Theft Detection

    Received a text today that another 200 hives were snagged. This time from Roger Sprague's operation.
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    Re: Mann Lake "Employee Owned"

    Thanks for the answer TWall. Interesting! How are these companies compensated... What do they charge? How many folks are employed in such industries within the US. Anyone know?
  11. Re: Trucking bees for almonds...how do they do it??

    To darn funny. :lpf: If it was true upon loading I'd find a way to get that first pallet back off the truck even if it was buried in the middle.

    Does anyone know if the truckers in different...
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    Re: Mann Lake "Employee Owned"

    Since these "shares" you own are not traded on the open market I was wondering who and how the value at "payday" is determined within these ESOP's ? Book value? Other?
  13. Re: Trucking bees for almonds...how do they do it??

    Where do you think sweet potatoes come from? ;)
  14. Re: Trucking bees for almonds...how do they do it??

    Current rates are $2.85-$3.00 for a load of bees. You pick the location on each end to figure the mileage and your bill.

    Hive counts run anywhere from 400 on DD to 700+ on singles.

    Your...
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    Re: Are the good times about over with?

    The gist of my post was not to preach doom and gloom and the imminent and complete end of the "bee world." Anyone here would be hard pressed to find any one pro B than myself.

    Anyone who has paid...
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    Are the good times about over with?

    1. Honey prices. ? :eek:
    2. Reports of bees crashing like in 05-07 ? :eek: :eek:
    3. Almond prices to the growers at harvest in August 2015 as high as $4.90 a pound. By January 2016 they are...
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    Re: How do You Become an Almond Inspector?

    If this is in reference to inspecting bees in the almonds for compensation I'd say there are two main steps:

    1. Get to know a heck of a lot about bees with a sub specialty of knowing bees in...
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    Re: Mite treatment schedule.

    Any premonition of this being an easy task needs to be dispelled from the gitgo.

    Test and treat as needed.

    Repeat till dead.
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    Re: 2016 almond bloom

    Up to this point I'd summize that people think its to early. No use killing them in some barren and flowerless rain soaked "food desert" when you can easier love them to death with sub and syrup in...
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    Re: 2016 almond bloom

    Short take away from the queen breeders meeting today.

    1. Many "local" bees will go in uninspected. To much rain on the north end.
    2. Bee supply is now past being even with beeks and growers ...
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    Re: 2016 almond bloom

    On another thread yesterday I mentioned the buds were moving. 3 weeks is a good guess as of now.

    Queen breeders meeting tomorrow. Sure I will hear more there.

    With the current rainfall (...
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    Re: Almond pollination 2016

    Another 1" plus yesterday here. Now just short of 10 inches of rain or about 50% of the years average.:D

    Creek was 5 feet wide this morning. A week ago an ant could have jumped across without...
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    Re: Almond pollination 2016

    The rain has not been that bad ( yet) but with the chilling hours and a fair share of weather that in the past has lead to bees going down hill instead of growing I would not doubt that there will be...
  24. Re: Historical California Hive Brand Numbers and Names

    The last I heard the box of data went to Eric Mussen when the state closed down the AFB reg. That was over twenty years ago if I remember correctly. Maybe more. Although he is officially retired Eric...
  25. Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    This ought be to as easy to dice up as any Blueberry pie Mr Production has ever sliced. In line with all those other genius beekeeping moves you make happen. Simple as 1, 2, 3.

    Sp/lit those...
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