Re: Release time on Bees
We have gotten a couple of truck loads out with a mix of results. One was rejects which were about half dead outs and half needing to be split. (guess they were in the bottom during inspections or just late bloomers...who knows). Hives ranged from heavy to medium. Seems all were able to come back with some decent stores. Right now we are hearing that some areas have been released but it is so boggy they can't get in to get the bees out...so if more rain is in the forecast it could delay shipments back and this is hurting those who have pollination contracts with apricots and peaches in this area as farmers are looking for their bees "now".
I haven't checked, but I suspect that all the rain is also going to effect the queen production for those needing late March and early April queens. Hopefully there will be enough sun between storms to allow for good mating flights.
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