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  1. #1
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    Does anyone know anything about bumblebee pollination? Were do you get your 1st queen? Were do you get equipment and supplies? how does it work?

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    If you do a search under bees or beekeeping, there are links and sites with information you seek.

    Alot are used for early season "hothouse" or greenhouse pollination. They come in 30-60-90 day units and range in price of about 75 to 150 dollars. Most come out of Canada. At least the outfits I know of. These are disposable, one time "nuc" boxes of bumblebees. They do a great job where the honeybee does not, that being inside a greenhouse. I never looked into the commercial side of it. Just to pass along information or act as a middle buyer/seller.

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    BjornBee,
    But someone that wanted to do that commercially couldn't afford to pay that price could they?

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    Are you talking about buying them yourself for pollination, raising them, or wholesale/retailing them to your customers?

  5. #5
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    I rent out beehives for pollination already. I was wanting to look into renting out bumblebee hives. Can you not collect queens in the fall and use them the next spring? That is what I would want to do.

    JT

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    Have you thought about mason bees or leafcutter bees? I know of people doing that. But don't know of anyone doing bumble bees. I have seen plans for a nest though.
    http://members.aol.com/beetools/bumble.htm http://bumbleboosters.unl.edu/bbidentifier.htm http://bumbleboosters.unl.edu/biology.htm http://bumbleboosters.unl.edu/artificial_domicile.htm http://bumbleboosters.unl.edu/webresources.htm

  7. #7
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    Ya a friend of mine has and uses a lot of leafcutters. I was just looking into bumblebees.

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    Lightbulb

    Koppert biological sytems sells bumble bees for polination you could give them a call they could probably answear any questions you have @1800-928-8827

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