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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
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    Marysville, CA, USA
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    Default First timer to almonds

    With out insulting me to bad, was wondering what to expect when taking hives to almond. This will be my first year. I only have 25 hives, 8 frame doubles. Im already working with a beebroker. I started keeping bees in 04 as a hobby never cared to rent out my hives. For some reason I got the bug in Jan 08, so I have to try it. Anyway I read your guys threads all the time. For some reason it doesnt sound fun. But I want to try it. Any recommendations? Words of wisdom? Any help? Thanks!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008
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    Snowmass, Colorado, USA
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    Don't let the naysayers get you down. Listen to the broker...I am sure it will work out for you. One thing I would try and nail down is when you will be paid...this varies on the brokers...some pay right after the season and with others it may be into summer or towards the end. Make sure your equipment and bees are in good shape...nothing like lifting a pallet of bees and it dumps cause your pallet was rotted out. Oh and keep feeding your bees until they leave so they don't work the stores out which is all they will have when with the broker in the holding yards, though some will dump patties on for you but expect to pay for those. Good luck.
    Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid. John Wayne

  3. #3
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    San Mateo, CA
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    You can expect to lose most of a nights sleep both coming and going. I helped a friend do a pickup full of hives years ago, never again. Maybe better for you, closer to the almonds. We came from the Bay Area. Hand load the hives at dusk, drive a few hours, hand unload the hives, maybe get stuck in the mud and stung a lot, drive home, maybe sleep a few hours. Recover in a few days. A few weeks later do it all over again.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Fresno California USA
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    Default But od

    Life is made of memories why deny yourself?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2008
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    Fresno California USA
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    Default Johnny

    Make all your equipment just the same, bot brds, lids, boxes, etc. One of the keys to bees esp in Calif is the ability to move them without pain & trauma!?

    Working easy is a valuable skill

    Learn & figger out how to load and tie down. Straps or ropes. Flatbeds are easier than box Now you can start building some MEMORIES

  6. #6
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    Jan 2008
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    Davis,South Dakota,USA
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    At the end of it all, you have alot of lumber with good and bad memories.

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