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    Default YouTube "almond pollination 2012"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxcpGJ_2Df8


    Interesting vid!

    Question to all you pollination beekeepers out there,
    The hives in this video is busting full of bees. When you place the hives into the Almond fields, do the hives re establish their swarming urge?
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    Default Re: YouTube "almond pollination 2012"

    >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSEVEA2mHYM

    Moving beehives during daylight. I see in this video they are netting the load to be shipped out.
    I see, from my outside perspective, the hives are shipped into the California holding yards throughout day and night, also into the almond groves.
    Do you guys see any evidence of drag down from loss of foragers due to moving and drifting?
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    Default Re: YouTube "almond pollination 2012"

    [QUOTE=Ian;864079The hives in this video is busting full of bees. When you place the hives into the Almond fields, do the hives re establish their swarming urge?[/QUOTE]

    shake shake shake.... shake shake shake... Gee... I wonder what kind of sub Nick Fed.
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    Default Re: YouTube "almond pollination 2012"

    WOW - those are some monster bees in the middle of Feb. !!!!!!!!!!!!! This is not what you typically see when you rent bees for almond pollination!! Well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almondralf View Post
    WOW - those are some monster bees in the middle of Feb. !!!!!!!!!!!!! This is not what you typically see when you rent bees for almond pollination!! Well done!
    The results of feeding sub August-Jan.

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    Default Re: YouTube "almond pollination 2012"

    seems to me those hive would swarm
    how do you guys manage big hives in single and a shallow?
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    Default Re: YouTube "almond pollination 2012"

    Bees don't swarm in the winter. Splits and shakes all you need. Typically they will swarm like crazy right out of the almonds.
    Last edited by RAK; 11-03-2012 at 11:58 PM.

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    I bet, hives that big, in fields of flowers, mid winter, I assume all that nectar would translate into brood. You would be able to split them down four ways to have them build for northern honey flows.

    Quote Originally Posted by RAK View Post
    Bees don't swarm in the winter. Splits and shakes all you need. Typically they will swarm like crazy right out of the almonds.
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    Default Re: YouTube "almond pollination 2012"

    Right now my hives sit inside a wintering shed. There are about 1000 hives stacked four to six pallets high, each hive one box full of bees. They will sit there motionless until end of March. Down time.

    Your bees get moved to California, worked and built up to spec, and used for pollination, then sent south to be worked and split for the countries honey flows. You guys beekeep year round, you get one extra season than we do here.

    very interesting stuff
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    I bet, hives that big, in fields of flowers, mid winter, .
    Noop... those hives were in cellars in Idaho all winter.

    Ian, read my first post.
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    Default Re: YouTube "almond pollination 2012"

    I do not see that first post, must be from the other topic I pulled the link from.

    So, lets say I was able to send my hives south to pollinate in California,
    I finish my summer work, prep my hives for winter, lock them up in my shed end of October.
    Now, when would they leave the wintering shed to be shipped south?

    >>feeding sub August-Jan


    Im confused , one fellow is telling me they are hives locked in a cellar all winter before pollination, the other is telling me they have been fed sub from Aug to Jan, ??? Are they being fed in the shed?
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    Default Re: YouTube "almond pollination 2012"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    I do not see that first post, must be from the other topic
    Ian, post #3, how big are your hives RIGHT NOW as we speak?
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    Default Re: YouTube "almond pollination 2012"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    Im confused , one fellow is telling me they are hives locked in a cellar all winter before pollination, the other is telling me they have been fed sub from Aug to Jan, ??? Are they being fed in the shed?
    Ian, I'm going to try one last time, I sold Nick & Tony Noyes the sub( Nutra Bee) for there bees, the same bees that you see in there video, they winter in Idaho cellars.
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    Default Re: YouTube "almond pollination 2012"

    How do you keep the SHB in check while feeding pollen patties?

    I'm in TN, if I put a whole pollen patty on a hive. It's a dinner bell for SHB.

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    Default Re: YouTube "almond pollination 2012"

    Clear as mud Keith, you have to understand Im only looking in at what you guys are doing, I know nothing of how migratory op work. I do know how bees act and react, and thats what I am not understanding. dates and timing and such.

    My hives are a box of bees, much as what is seen in the vid. Probably not that big though,
    I think he said it was Feb 5th in the vid. I see that he is feeding syrup and patties at that time. I assume he will put them into the field shortly.

    So has he just pulled them out of the cellar then or have the hives been there for a while?
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    Default Re: YouTube "almond pollination 2012"

    Kevin, I've been told by the boys in Texas that shb does not like Nutra Bee sub as much as they like the others.
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    Default Re: YouTube "almond pollination 2012"

    ha ha

    I have no idea what you mean when you say "shake shake shake.... shake shake shake." in relation to wintering bees in a cellar
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    Default Re: YouTube "almond pollination 2012"

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Jarrett View Post
    Kevin, I've been told by the boys in Texas that shb does not like Nutra Bee sub as much as they like the others.
    I need a trial pack, so I can let you know how the TN shb feel. *grins*

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    Default Re: YouTube "almond pollination 2012"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    Clear as mud Keith,
    AAAH... LOL you made my day Ian. Ok, put syrup/sub on in fall (sept-oct) put in cellars around nov-Jan, put on ground in Calif feb 1 on, syrup/sub put into almonds.Hope im close Nick.
    Ian, right now my bees are avg 18-24 frames of bees, whats your avg?
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    Default Re: YouTube "almond pollination 2012"

    not 18 - 24 frames. Hard to compare, two totally different winter management ops. But id say my hives are averaging 7-9 frames of bees, not including my nucs, 2-3 frames for them.

    Im managing in singles, and we manage our bees to shut down in fall instead of ranping up brood rearing. we shut them down, sort of. Starting mid Sept right off the honey flow we feed them syrup and have them plugged full of syrup by middle of October. No brood, just bees in one box or two. They do not see the day of light again until April. If we fed our bees pollen sub just as we put them in we would see big gut problems right about end of feb into march. And that box of plugged honey gets them nicely to April to when we can feed once again.

    Can i ask you another question,.? lol
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