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  1. #1
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    Default Question for commercial beeyards

    Someone asked me today, an apiary that has a 1,000 colony operation, where do they keep the hives after the pollination season? I didn't know the answer to this because I've heard apiaries shouldn't keep their 1,000 hives on their own land.
    "Tart words make no friends; a spoonful or honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar." - Benjamin Franklin

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    Default Re: Question for commercial beeyards

    In a dozen bee yards where they live. You should not have 1000 hives in the same place. Robbing, bears, not enough food or neighbors might not like it etc.

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    Default Re: Question for commercial beeyards

    a dozen might be a little optimistic.

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    Default Re: Question for commercial beeyards

    how many hives can you keep in one spot? i realize there are many variables but generally speaking?

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    Default Re: Question for commercial beeyards

    In South Texas I bring mine back and put in yards of 48 as my truck carrys 48 and then 48 on trailer with the loader. 48 per yard is all I want to work at one time so I can get in and out of hives before they get to robbing too bad. These are are scarted over 20 locations on differnt ranches

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    Default Re: Question for commercial beeyards

    Quote Originally Posted by beenut46 View Post
    These are are scarted over 20 locations on differnt ranches
    Thats a lot of bees! Do you keep bees for both honey production and crop pollination?
    "Tart words make no friends; a spoonful or honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar." - Benjamin Franklin

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    Default Re: Question for commercial beeyards

    polination and a little honey

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    Default Re: Question for commercial beeyards

    We run less, around 24 per yard, but the operation to our NE runs 48 per yard.

    Crazy Roland

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    Default Re: Question for commercial beeyards

    I think some keep many more in over winter yards. This keeper seems to have a lot in one yard and I think they stay there for some time.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETLi3...e_gdata_player

    Maybe he will comment?

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    Default Re: Question for commercial beeyards

    Mbeck, those hives are being prepared for almond pollination. One has to take into consideration time and travel expenses over foraging, which these bees won't be doing during their time at that location.

    I have 32 cols in each yard, here in NY, for the summer. During the winter I have at least 80 cols in each yd, while they are in South Carolina for the winter.

    A friend of mine keeps 64 cols in yds in NY and a semi loads worth in yds in SC.

    So, it depends on ones circumstances, intentions and needs. Honey production yds arwe different from overwintering yds.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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