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  1. #1
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    Question Apple orchard in NY questions

    What is the acres/ hive ratio?
    How strong the hive?
    $/ hive?
    Thanx,
    Aram

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    Default Re: Apple orchard in NY questions

    The Busy Bee teaches two lessons: One is not to be idle and the other is not to get stung.

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    Default Re: Apple orchard in NY questions

    depends on what you can work out with the orchard/how they spray. I worked out a deal with two orchards, I put in 1/2 the number of hives that he normally brought in the first year, left them permananetly, if he was satisfied with the pollination he paid me what he normally paid. I put in only three deep brood chambers, the hives never left the orchard again. as the price for polination went up I left my price below what they were charging, I made money and he saved money. and on top of that he retailed my honey.

    the key is how they spray, both orchards used imidan and sprayed after dark, and I conviced them to mow the weeds/grass b/4 spraying and never had a problem.

    mike

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    Default Re: Apple orchard in NY questions

    I'm thinking:
    1 hive/acre
    3-4 frames of brood. 8-10 bars of drawn foundation covered with bees.
    $40/hive
    3-4 weeks to cover the bloom but be out before any spraying.
    Is this in the ball park?

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    Default Re: Apple orchard in NY questions

    price depends on the size of the orchards. the big guys want to put down lots of bees so my partner sticks with the small orchards and charges a higher fee. I'll ask him how much he charged this year but If i remember it was around 85 dollars last year but he is doing less than 10 hives per orchard.

    mike

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