Re: Building up hives in time for almonds - Help!
Ben: I trust you have a good relationship with the person you are turning your bees over to and a plan for caring and feeding them as needed. A dose of reality, if I may. While your bees no doubt look great at the moment, a lot can happen between now and the beginning of the almond bloom. Singles are tricky, getting at least a medium under them and pushing a lot of feed will be mandatory if these bees are going out yet this fall. My experience is that a much higher percentage of hives that have "summered" as singles will shrink below a rentable size than doubles. Do everything in your power to ensure they are returned to you in a timely manner so that you can work and split them as needed. Best of luck to you
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