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  1. #1
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    Default How did your almond bees turn out????

    After my bees returned from almonds, we saw the most destructive spray damage ever. The bees as a whole were worse than when they were sent. That is a first for us. They gained weight but it looked like a whole round of brood was killed. We let them set for a few weeks before splitting just to actually have some good brood. Anyways we made then splits on 3 frames of brood then later on 4. Fast forward to now and our bees are smaller as a whole than when we split. Like the adult bees are not living as long as normal. I have never seen this before with exception to a set of bees I received last year after buying another bee outfit. And at the time those issues went right over my head because I figured since the guy was selling maybe he didn't put any effort in. Now I think his growers or their neighbors were pounding them. My bees then went in the same orchards this year. Soooo, after talking to guys that stayed in Texas with part of their bees and sent part of their bees, these issues are only in the almond bees. No growth no honey vs lots of bees and lots of honey. Bees split the same way same time and in the same area.... What are you other almond pollinators seeing? I sent all my bees except breeders and a few hives to start grafting, and now I wonder if I can send bees ever again. This may cost me my whole honey flow in South Dakota..... Thanks Andy Strehlow

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    Default Re: How did your almond bees turn out????

    Sorry to hear that Andy. Our experience wasn't much different than previous years. Maybe 1/3rd of the hives showed varying degrees of damage. The remainder were pretty darned good. They split down well and even the nucs from the weaker hives have built up very well. As is often the case, the hives that didn't make the trip to the almonds built up better than those that were shipped though they required more feed.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: How did your almond bees turn out????

    Hey Andy - would some bulk bees help ya in any way? I'll be home in about 3 weeks and will be able to shake some bulk bees from after tallow bees (A couple of hundred hives) - willing to horse trade instead of cash too. IM me if you thank that will help
    SAK

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    Default Re: How did your almond bees turn out????

    SAK, your going to try to shake bees in late june in southeast TX ?
    NUTRA-BEE feed supplements

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    Default Re: How did your almond bees turn out????

    Only if needed - will split otherwise - Why the question?

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    Default Re: How did your almond bees turn out????

    Quote Originally Posted by sakhoney View Post
    Only if needed - will split otherwise - Why the question?
    Shaking bees in warm/hot weather is a death sentence.
    NUTRA-BEE feed supplements

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    Default Re: How did your almond bees turn out????

    to whom - me or the bees - I've done it in the past to make up nucs and never had an issue. Shook bees and frames of brood just like in the spring. Guess not knowing the rules helped me out - HAHAHA

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    Default Re: How did your almond bees turn out????

    We have all but 2 loads back home in sd. Did those powerful bees go to cali or stay in TX, Sak?

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    Default Re: How did your almond bees turn out????

    Mine stay in Texas - they don't talk California - HAHAHA - No I run bees local on tallow and after tallow there is 20/25 pounds of bees in the hives. They then just reduce there population down over the summer until fall when goldenrod pops. That's when I do my summer splits - let them hit goldenrod and over winter them. I'll be home in 3 weeks and start the splits then. That why I'm offering ya the bulk bees - I could shake several pounds from them while splitting. Or you and crew could come in and give me a hand - but if your in SD already - I don't thank that will help ya. Just a though

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    Default Re: How did your almond bees turn out????

    Quote Originally Posted by sakhoney View Post
    to whom - me or the bees -
    lol.... Yep I guess both. But on a more serious note it's very easy to burn up bees when it's hot, when we shake, many times Phil will bring a air conditioning van to put the bees in while we shake. I've seen many loads of packages burned up from heat. Best of luck,Keith
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    Default Re: How did your almond bees turn out????

    I hear ya Keith - and this is a in the morning job as I don't do to well in the afternoon sun myself - Guess that's been my savior and why I have not had a bunch of problems - around 11:00 in the morning there hived up and closed - ya know us old men need our afternoon power nap.

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    Default Re: How did your almond bees turn out????

    My bees came out of the almonds just fine but I have heard more than a few stories of bees doing nothing but going backwards since almonds

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    Default Re: How did your almond bees turn out????

    Got 900 identical to what you describe

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    Default Re: How did your almond bees turn out????

    maybe it's a particular grower or group of growers or a broker that placed them in a particular yard causing the problem. I hope those that got back damaged bees
    at least private message one another to see if the bees were in the same locations for build up or pollination.
    Sad to hear these stories.

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    Default Re: How did your almond bees turn out????

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Jarrett View Post
    Shaking bees in warm/hot weather is a death sentence.
    Would that be for the bees, beekeeper, or both?

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