How does the hive rental process work for almond pollination?
Myself and some of my beekeeping friends are considering renting our hives for almond pollination this coming year but I'm not sure how this process works.
What's the makeup of the rented hive? A single deep with 8 frames and a division board feeder? Since I keep double deeps how would this work?
Once the hives arrive at the orchard site how are they generally scattered?
Are multiple hives concentrated in a given area or how well do they want them scattered?
When do they generally arrive at the orchard? When do they generally leave?
Are pesticides used by the farmer while the hive is there? If so, how are the hives protected?
How much feeding is generally required?
How does the farmer verify he's getting what he's contracted for?
Feel free to add any info where I am not asking questions!