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  1. #1
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    Default Shortage of bees in almonds?

    Had a broker call me this morning looking for bees, of which I have no extras. I haven't talked to this broker in several years. She asked if I knew of anyone with extra bees. Sign of things to come?
    -Rob Bliss
    Bliss Honey and bee supplies

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    Default Re: Shortage of bees in almonds?

    In my area there's plenty available on CL, but we're not the heart of it.

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    Default Re: Shortage of bees in almonds?

    When brokers begin looking....there's yer sign

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    Default Re: Shortage of bees in almonds?

    I have been recieving more than my usual calls for bees to ship to CA as well.

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    Default Re: Shortage of bees in almonds?

    Must be regional or people not wanting to move wherever people are needing them right now.

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    Default Re: Shortage of bees in almonds?

    I have gotten 3 cold calls in the last two days looking for bees. All combined they needed 4,000 hives and these are beekeepers I have never met.
    I would say there will be a shortage.

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    Default Re: Shortage of bees in almonds?

    Quote Originally Posted by JRG13 View Post
    Must be regional or people not wanting to move wherever people are needing them right now.
    Don't believe everything you see on cl. I'm about 35 miles from Sac. That cl add is there year round.

    I have had 2 calls looking for 200-250 hives where others have backed out of contracts, and I didn't have them.

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    Default Re: Shortage of bees in almonds?

    I am running a special this month, deal to end in 30 days.

    I can & will deliver bee boxes with frames, stacked 2 high (Double) on 4 way pallets with lids included, to any almond orchard for $ 100 per double. up to 3,000 available. Delivery will only be made between the hours of 9 AM & 4 PM daily with a half hour for lunch @ noon daily as per ca labor laws, payment will be in CASH only! you will not receive a invoice, and these boxes will also improve the bottom line because you will not have to pay a 3rd party bee inspector. And yes each box will average 8 frames, with an additional inside feeder to boot.
    Larry Pender,Jubilee HoneyBee Company,Camarillo, CA

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    Default Re: Shortage of bees in almonds?

    Larry, now THAT was funny!
    I have exactly ONE hive more than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond question.

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    Default Re: Shortage of bees in almonds?

    Larry: If you could come up with the lids and pallets why not split them, you will still have an 8 frame average and double your gross.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: Shortage of bees in almonds?

    Quote Originally Posted by pahvantpiper View Post
    Had a broker call me this morning looking for bees, of which I have no extras. I haven't talked to this broker in several years. She asked if I knew of anyone with extra bees. Sign of things to come?

    Sure is... The calls began last week. Keep on keeping on.

    Had an unbiased outsider who is related to beekeeping and is what I would call a "know it all" in this industry tell me this morning that a pallet is worth $800 right now.

    As I got off the freeway coming home from finally grading this afternoon I saw that the final sticks being thrown in on another 150 acre plant. (new ground) Another 80 will be going in a mile from home in a couple of days. Lots of new acres going in as if bees will be available.. And all I can think is............ Well ya.......... at way more than $150.


    The real test will be when the growers who need bees call and are willing to pay " going" rate for all the 4"s and 5's we culled out.

    Bloom is late and so are the bees in brooding up cause of the cold. 4-6 days behind last year at this point on the trees and I'm not commenting on the brood. All I can say is FINALLY!! and are the queens on a terror now.

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    Default Re: Shortage of bees in almonds?

    Quote Originally Posted by jim lyon View Post
    If you could come up with the lids and pallets why not split them
    Well said Mate.
    NUTRA-BEE feed supplements

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    Default Re: Shortage of bees in almonds?

    Quote Originally Posted by Honey-4-All View Post
    and are the queens on a terror now.
    Yep, give them about another week to ten days and start shaking.
    NUTRA-BEE feed supplements

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    Default Re: Shortage of bees in almonds?

    The supply of hives is very tight. My phone has been busy fielding calls and questions from regulators to chem industry. They really want to know why the train wrecked for many beekeepers. Drought, Pestilence and Pesticide (DPP). Well at least we have moved past PPB

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    Default Re: Shortage of bees in almonds?

    Darren: Thanks for the insight and welcome to Beesource. Always nice to have input from someone with a lot of experience. DPP, yeah that is a good way of explaining things but I have seen evidence that PPB is still alive and well.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: Shortage of bees in almonds?

    Quote Originally Posted by jim lyon View Post
    I have seen evidence that PPB is still alive and well.
    lol... That's the gods honest truth right their mate.
    Hows that Texas weather Jimmy?
    NUTRA-BEE feed supplements

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    Default Re: Shortage of bees in almonds?

    This is heaven here after surviving 30 to 40 below wind chills in South Dakota a few days ago. Gonna be 70 today. Yeah 70, now that's a super Sunday.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: Shortage of bees in almonds?

    Quote Originally Posted by jim lyon View Post
    after surviving 30 to 40 below wind chills in South Dakota
    As my dad was fond of saying...'you get up into the Dakotas and the only thing between you and the North Pole is a barbed wire fence'.
    And from that, I reckon those Canadians don't even have the barbed wire fence.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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    70 sure sounds nice Jim..... Been some cold ones here in Wisconsin too. I'm ready for some warm weather.
    Columbia City, Indiana

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    Default Re: Shortage of bees in almonds?

    Interested where you are seeing this PPB?
    also how about a few examples?

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