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    Default Stolen Bees

    Probably going to happen a lot this year.......

    Friend of mine had 168 taken in the Bakersfield area yesterday. Brand is CHC.......every box and frame are branded. Ten frame, white, deep and a half equipment all in very good shape. If anyone runs across that brand, PM me and I'll put you in touch with him.

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    Default Re: Stolen Bees

    Quote Originally Posted by dback View Post
    Probably going to happen a lot this year.......

    Friend of mine had 168 taken in the Bakersfield area yesterday. Brand is CHC.......every box and frame are branded. Ten frame, white, deep and a half equipment all in very good shape. If anyone runs across that brand, PM me and I'll put you in touch with him.
    With all the ropes owned by all the bee guys it seems like a risky proposition to be trying dumb things like this. Every bee guy needs to keep his eyes open, shotgun loaded and large limb on the tall oak tree all primed up.

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    Default Re: Stolen Bees

    Seen some double deep ten framers on Craigslist out of Sacramento, the $100 price tag is throwing a flag to me.

    I said before bees were even being staged that there would be a lot of hives stolen and I got a lashing for saying that, it's only common sense, and with a shortage of bees and higher prices, I imagine maybe even more than usual this year.

    Went to the foothills today to look at 4-h project goats and seen a lot of boxes, but most were deep in the orchards. Might have even seen Jarrets boxes, only blue boxes I seen today!
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    Default Re: Stolen Bees

    That's no good, were they taken out of an orchard or staging area? Will keep a look out up here, but doubt they would bring them this far.

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    Default Re: Stolen Bees

    Seems like pollinators cannot find bees this season for the almonds. Some pollinators contacted me to see if I had bees for sale. Guess they found some in Bakersfield. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeeGhost View Post
    I got a lashing for saying that, Jarrets boxes, only blue boxes I seen today!
    BG, I read that thread that you took a lashing over.... I should did not see anything wrong with your post, I always enjoy the other persons veiw.
    Blue boxes.... got some over by you on HWY 33. enjoy the bloom.
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    Default Re: Stolen Bees

    Quote Originally Posted by dback View Post
    . Brand is CHC.......every box and frame are branded..
    Will keep an put the word out up here Larry.
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    Default Re: Stolen Bees

    Thanks Keith.....
    Yes, they were already in the orchard......someone came in and took an entire middle row out of the center of the orchard is my understanding. These are not the first I've heard of this year but it is the largest number and I didn't have details on the others. I spoke with another friend yesterday (I won't mention his name until he gives me permission) that says he is going to post a site listing all the stolen bees he knows of so folks can watch for different brands.......I don't know if this site would consider doing the same.

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    Default Re: Stolen Bees

    Some net savvy person needs to come up with a centralized internet lost/found/stolen "bulletin board" linked to grower websites for maximum viewing. Pretty good chance some grower may have already unknowingly found a home for them at top dollar. Could Beesource create such a forum and would Blue Diamond agree to provide a direct link to that forum in their pollination section? Just thinking.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    That's exactly what I was thinking.......it's great that other beekeepers are aware and looking but the almond grower would be the premier line of defense.

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    Default Re: Stolen Bees

    And responsibility, if those hives are on their property. What sorts of contractural agreements are there between beekeeper and almond grower as to the security of hives in the groves?
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