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  1. #1
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    Default Does anyone send singles to almonds?

    Someone told me that the standard was doubles and I would be hard pressed to find a grower or broker that would take single deeps. Is there a problem with swarming? Do you get less per hive? Just trying to see if there are some good reasons not to send singles.

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    Default Re: Does anyone send singles to almonds?

    Swarming and light weight is an issue. Have at least a super on them. You get paid per frame not per box in the almonds.

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    Default Re: Does anyone send singles to almonds?

    Western, they'll take 6-8 frames of bees but 12 or more is preferred and probably pays better. I don't think they'd turn their nose up at a strong single but I would give them room to expand, almond pollen is very high in protein and good for brooding.

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    Default Re: Does anyone send singles to almonds?

    I know of quite a few beekeepers that have been doing it. They are tricky, though. The weight and the size needs to be right, growers demand a good box of bees and they are really easy to grade. From a feed standpoint you don't have a lot of leeway if you hit a really bad nectar year or have any delays in the bloom, bad weather or delays in getting them out. Conversely if they have a really good year expect bees to get honey/pollen bound with the inevitable queen shutdowns and lots of swarm cells. If you want to get top dollar, have top notch hives coming out and little to worry about then heavy doubles are the way to go but if you are a bit of a gambler and want to greatly reduce handling and shipping costs then you're a "singles guy".
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    Default Re: Does anyone send singles to almonds?

    We send singles. Run from South Dakota to east Texas then to Cali. Bees need to be 6 frame average. I send them to a broker/bee keeper out there so I can stay in Texas getting the next loads fire ant free. Sound like 140 to 145 for my cut. It's a rare year in almonds that our singles don't gain weight, little bit of honey and lots of pollen. As for swarming, if you have young queens its a non issue at least for the time they are in the almonds. I here all the time how much earlier the singles fly in the day than doubles so that may be something you should point out also.

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    Default Re: Does anyone send singles to almonds?

    Ive sent allot of singles to Ca over the past few years. Most have about about 8 frames of bees . My covers have a 5/8 rim on them which makes a big difference in the amount of brood and bees you will come out with. Ive never had a problem with swarming ,at least not in Ca. After the bloom I put them on a semi for a few days which seems to knock the swarm out of them for a while at least. Generally you get paid a little less per hive ,but you can place more on a semi 680 compared to 432 .This past year we made nucs before we sent them and I had to sell a few because they were too heavy for the truck coming home. Singles do good but they leave little room for error.
    Clear Lake Wi. / Sebring Fl.

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