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    Re: Labor Cost Overwintering Bees In California?

    Honey for all.

    It real simple; A medium with 9 frames, 75% covered with bees, doesn't not equal one deep 75% covered with bees.
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    Re: Labor Cost Overwintering Bees In California?

    Here's is what one can surmise from seeing a picture with one double deep and one medium. The medium with 9 frames, covered 75% with bees/brood will NOT exceed a deep with 9 frames covered with 75%...
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    Re: Labor Cost Overwintering Bees In California?

    Keith,
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    Number 1) I am not putting down everything but double deeps. We only market to growers who want double deeps. Doesn't mean there is not a market for say... single 8's.
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    Re: Labor Cost Overwintering Bees In California?

    I believe we are discussing the rental of Bees.

    However, several "beekeepers" suggest that you can only have the same number of bees per square inch (of frame) in a medium box as you do in a deep.
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    Re: Labor Cost Overwintering Bees In California?

    So you think a Hoffman medium frame has the same square inches as a deep frame....Hmmmm... just too funny!

    "That right there pretty much sums things up. A double deep is automatically better than...
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    Re: Labor Cost Overwintering Bees In California?

    Jim, you are 100% dead on! But the growers we deal with want quality and quantity. The growers perception is their reality. This grower came to the conclusion, "why should I pay the same price for...
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    Re: Labor Cost Overwintering Bees In California?

    Square Inches!
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    Re: Labor Cost Overwintering Bees In California?

    Yes it does all depend on the grower and the price.

    Last month we received a 600 hive contract from a grower requesting bid proposals. Our price was the same as last years beekeeper's, the grower...
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    Re: Labor Cost Overwintering Bees In California?

    Yep, some brokers will take anything, as long has they meet the average frame requirements.

    All things being equal, a grower will chose a double deep over three mediums.

    It is just our policy...
  10. Thread: wild pigs

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    Re: wild pigs

    Wild Pigs are good for keeping the bears away.
    At least in the King City, CA area which is over run with pigs.
  11. Wanting to buy large or small Bee Operations, any where!

    We are looking to expand our overall beekeeping operation.

    We will consider locations anywhere in the USA.
    Our goal is to expand our honey production, queen breeding, package bee sales and...
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    Re: Labor Cost Overwintering Bees In California?

    Hi Duncan,

    Yep, for us double deeps are the “unwavering standard” it has to do with our marketing to the growers and their perception, they want to see doubles.

    Even if the top or bottom box...
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    Re: Bee Package Cages

    Don't sell them to Buzz's Bees in California.

    Two years ago I dropped of about 65-75 and told Buzz I only wanted one buck for each of them, he said he would go though them, count them. Never heard...
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    Re: Labor Cost Overwintering Bees In California?

    I think $0.75 would be fair.

    Depends on a lot of circumstances.

    408 hives = 102 pallets X 2 minutes per pallet = 204/60 minutes per pallet = 3.5 hours X $75.00 = $262.50/408 hives = $0.64....
  15. Re: Where to buy those cans of syrup and Bee Package Cages?

    Thanks for the leads.

    Yes I am looking for the type of cans already sealed.

    The empty cans are available at Home Depot or on line, but expensive.
  16. Where to buy those cans of syrup and Bee Package Cages?

    Where does everyone buy the 3-5 pound bee package cages and those tin cans of syrup that goes in them?

    Without the bees of course, we are planning on selling a few 100 packages this year after...
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    Re: Commercial Pollen Substitute

    You may want to check with some local beekeepers before using his stuff.
  18. Re: Help Wanted Almond Pollination Season, Central California

    bump
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    Re: Almonds 2014....Losses???

    Here's a report from Kim Flottum "Catch the Buzz"

    http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2014.04.03.11.49.archive.html
  20. Help Wanted Almond Pollination Season, Central California

    California Almond Pollination Services, Inc. is looking for individuals to help manage over 11,000 hives during the almond pollination season in Stanislaus and Madera Counties and 3,000 hives in the...
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    Re: beekeeper pay scale?

    Why don't you pay more?

    What Happened to buying:
    "More loyalty,
    More focus,
    More honesty,
    More satisfaction in knowing you are helping someone else."

    How many do you hire?
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    Re: **INPUT NEEDED*** 1500 colony operation

    I have an Excel Monthly Cash flow and Budget schedule I would be happy to share with you. send me your e mail. You must have excel program, which it looks like you do.

    With 1,500 hives, the right...
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    Re: beekeeper pay scale?

    Yes the Free Market determines the rate, both what I receive from my customers and what I pay out.

    Illegals are people Too!

    So, you THINK that money can buy:
    More loyalty,
    More focus,
    More...
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    Re: beekeeper pay scale?

    How many people do you hire?

    Why don't you hire more?

    How much do you pay them?

    Why don't you pay them more?
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    Re: beekeeper pay scale?

    We let the Free Market determine what we pay for someone's labor. Our labor rate ranges from $10 to $15 and it depends on what that person can contribute to the profit line. You are not going to get...
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