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  1. #1
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    Default Question about 4 way pallet

    Hi,Can ya keep 4 colony hives on a pallet all the time ? We had some on pallets all year and lost 13 for no reason,I thought it might be that.We didn't lose any that we had seperated 3-4 feet.What do you think ? These are ones we just bought and they are different breed from others we have and lost none of the other breed but they were not on a 4 way pallet either.
    Thanks very much,John
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    Default Re: Question about 4 way pallet

    Yep, most commercial guys use 4 way pallets.
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    Default Re: Question about 4 way pallet

    OK,I guess it is the no good bees,not good at house keeping.I know some breed of bees are alot better at house keeping then others and that is how they keep varroa mites under control,good bees.Guess I'll re-queen them with my good bees that have no big problem with voarroa mites.
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    Default Re: Question about 4 way pallet

    OK,so do everyone say it's not the 4 way pallets?
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    Default Re: Question about 4 way pallet

    you can get screened pallets too.... That might help you.
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    Default Re: Question about 4 way pallet

    I'll just re-queen with my mite resistant queen bees,no problem with them.
    Quote Originally Posted by bhfury View Post
    you can get screened pallets too.... That might help you.
    Before man took over bees there was nature,it did a better job.

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    Default Re: Question about 4 way pallet

    Quote Originally Posted by Cordovan Italian Bee View Post
    I'll just re-queen with my mite resistant queen bees,no problem with them.
    So now are you saying that the mites are the problem and not the pallets? There a lots of reason for loses.
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    Default Re: Question about 4 way pallet

    It is not the 4 way pallets that cause the problems. I use them and have for years. My partner for 30 years. We don't run the plywood ones but, 4 individual hives mounted on a pallet. This way I can move one to another easily and still use the boom on my truck for manipulations.

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    Default Re: Question about 4 way pallet

    BH,Your the one who made me think pallets are not the problem by saying this,(Yep, most commercial guys use 4 way pallets.)I have the hives with hive bottoms on the pallets.My thinking was,they are to close together for to long.Well guess I figure it out as I do everything else if no one really knows,thanks to all.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhfury View Post
    So now are you saying that the mites are the problem and not the pallets? There a lots of reason for loses.
    Before man took over bees there was nature,it did a better job.

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    Default Re: Question about 4 way pallet

    Thank you very much,I figure it is the bees,my other bees doing fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by EastSideBuzz View Post
    It is not the 4 way pallets that cause the problems. I use them and have for years. My partner for 30 years. We don't run the plywood ones but, 4 individual hives mounted on a pallet. This way I can move one to another easily and still use the boom on my truck for manipulations.
    Before man took over bees there was nature,it did a better job.

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    Default Re: Question about 4 way pallet

    Sounds like your other bees are doing just fine.... Did you raise them yourself?
    Plant Hardiness Zone 6B, 5300 ft., Bee Zone A/B, Proverbs 24:13
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    Default Re: Question about 4 way pallet

    Yes and they been doing fine for 5 years,splits and all.Never lost any to mites.
    Quote Originally Posted by bhfury View Post
    Sounds like your other bees are doing just fine.... Did you raise them yourself?
    Before man took over bees there was nature,it did a better job.

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