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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