No, the guys that send their bees to Calf. are not bad beeks, but moving bees for pollination does have risks and I think that is what people here are saying. Plus no one is going to take care of your bees better then yourself in most cases. I think the word should be that if you go into a deal like this that you get it in writing about what you expect come spring if he uses your bees. An agreement of having a new queen and min eight frames of bees in your hives when they return wouldn't be unreasonable. And if it comes back a dead out then a package of bees to fill the box. Something like that and in writing...you are still going to have to deal with stress on the bees and possibly them coming back with something they didn't have when they left, but you should be able to deal with that.
my dos centavos.
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