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  1. #1
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    Question almond pollination

    How manny hives can you get on the average semi trailer going to the almonds. This is assuming 4 way pallets with migratory lids.

    Dan

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    You can place 26 pallets per level x 3 levels x 4 per pallet = 312 you are better to place 1 cover on the 4 hives on the pallet more stable.

    Stephen

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    Default How many on a truck

    It all depends on the weight of the bees and capacity of the truck. It's possible to overload a truck with 384 colonies. If they are light you can put 512. Sometimes the problem is they gain weight then you can't send home the same load that came out. Not much savings there.

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    That would depend on weight, if you’re running 8 frame or 10 frame hives, if you’re running double deep or deep and a half to how high you stack them and still be legal, and the length of you semi trailer(s).

    I run 10 frame double deep colonies and when I ship them it is on a 48’ flatbed trailer and by stacking them three high I can fit 408 hives. You just have to do the math for our self based on our own operation to see what you can fit.

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    just an aside question somewhat related to bwrangler's question...

    in the number posted are these numbers singles, doubles or story and a half?

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    Default hive numbers

    With freight rates where they are now I look at it more as a weight issue. Most trucks now can carry 47 to 48 thousand pounds and a good hauler can look at his air gauges and make a pretty close guess. For us the days of 408 are long past. We typically haul about half singles and half doubles (all 10 frame deeps) getting them only heavy enough to get through a couple of months in Cal. before we will begin feeding and supplementing out there. Any hives that dwindle are just combined with another single. Last year we averaged about 550 per load doing this. Just remember that you can buy feed out there, it just dosen't make a lot of sense to ship a lot of syrup weight at a time, seasonally, when the bees don't use much feed. One more tip is to leave a little slack in the net (usually in the back as we normally leave the front row empty) so that the net can easily be pulled up to take a few pallets off after scaling if the truck is heavy. We always say load them up then begin negotiating. Never had a problem with bees coming out of the almonds heavier then they went in.

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