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  1. Any word on when bees could be released from almonds this year!

    Im hearing the north could be released at almost anytime now. I probably have a couple weeks left at the most out of Livingston, farmer told me it is happening quick and gonna end even quicker!!LOL
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    Re: 2 dead hive with pics and questions

    Mites. See the white specks inside the cells, that is varroa mite feces. Those funky looking cells are emergency queen cells. Looks like one hatched normally (out the tip, looks like a volcano) and...
  3. Re: Number of hives to justify running them to almonds

    Go through a broker is your best bet. If you get to see and talk to the farmer you end up pollinating for and he is happy with your bees, maybe the two of you can work something out for the following...
  4. Re: Almond Pollination: Would you say there is a legitimate shortage of bees?

    Thanks guys, I appreciate the replies!!
  5. Re: Number of hives to justify running them to almonds

    Wow, that's some running around for less than 100 hives!!! Ive turned down yards because they are 2 hours away and im a very small outfit!!
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    Re: Pollination fair value

    Heck ya!!! Take them to almonds and use that money to expand or sustain your beekeeping. I took 6 hives to almonds my first year, they were 7 frame average and I got $140 a hive. I even told the...
  7. Re: 10 Frame Single Deep For Almond Pollination ?

    Ive seen them in young orchards before. Not sure how much singles get though.
  8. Almond Pollination: Would you say there is a legitimate shortage of bees?

    I have talked to a few people while looking to acquire a few more hives for almonds and it seems as though things are really tight this year or under. One person I know was looking for 100 hives...
  9. Re: Oxalic Acid ... soon approved for use in beehives

    Sweet deal!! Now I will have to find another way to be an outlaw................need to start importing Chinese honey and call it my own!!! :lookout:

    I just treated my hives with OAV last weekend,...
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    Re: Bee thefts starting up already.

    Awesome Jim!!! But do to Prop 47 he is probably out increasing his hive count already!!
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    Re: Leaves on almond trees on February 5th?

    Yup, sure is!!! Whats your name over there?
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    Re: Leaves on almond trees on February 5th?

    Where were you hunting at? We have a club out of Colusa...............and some dirtbags just broke into all our trailers between Sunday night and Monday night. I hate thieves.
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    Re: Leaves on almond trees on February 5th?

    I seen leaves on trees as well between Williams and Dunnigan when coming back from duck hunting.
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    My mistake was making too weak of splits because I had lots of "extra" queen cells and didn't want to waste them. This year I am going to make splits into strong 4 framers.

    Things I did right:...
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    Re: Bee thefts starting up already.

    Bee rustlers wear concrete shoes and go for swims in the canals.
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    Re: Best State to Be a Commercial Beekeeper

    Good luck in CA, land is sparce and so is the forage. Even a lot of the big guys here send their bees other places for honey crops. Put it this way, i am within spitting distance of alfalfa fields...
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    Bee thefts starting up already.

    Seen a Sheriffs report that 96 hives were stolen out of the Tulare area. Let the games begin.
  18. Re: What do you find to be the most efficient feeder?

    I went to frame feeders last year and havnt looked back since!! I use the cap and ladder system and have very few dead bees. I also like the fact that I can just shift the top over and fill the...
  19. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    I am a very small sideliner with big aspirations, or at least bigger aspirations! With almond pollination prices double what they were less than a decade ago and honey almost four times as much as it...
  20. Thread: 2 of 3 Dead

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    Re: 2 of 3 Dead

    x2. I think hive #1 was robbed out and the queen or an abundant amount of worker bees were possibly killed in the process and they failed to be able to make a new one and the hive crashed. Hive #2...
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    Re: Tarantula Hawk wasp friendly or foe?

    They go purely after spiders. They are really docile compared to yellow jackets, they have no interest in going after humans at all, infact, you are more likely to get stung by an aggressive bee than...
  22. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    My first hive and package of bees cost me over $300 from a bee keeping supplies store, I quickly learned about other venues to get my supplies from a lot cheaper and also what I should make and what...
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    Re: Honey vs 2:1 sugar feed

    The main thing is they wont break the cluster to go and hit the syrup in a feeder. They will hit the stored syrup/honey that is in the comb in the middle of the cluster though.
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    Re: Business decision

    That is exactly what my grandpa always said!! 32 acres is a decent amount of land a lot can be done with it, even if it is just bee related. Plant trees along the perimeters, build a pond, and grow...
  25. Thread: Theft

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    Re: Theft

    WesternWilson, if you shackle everything together you would be doing the thieves a favor, run up, grab the hive and no worries about it coming apart, put it in the truck and away I go. We are...
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