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  1. Thread: bulk bees

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    Nucs or full double deep hives? I got hives in...

    Nucs or full double deep hives? I got hives in California that are coming back to washington after oranges. Can split there or here in washington.
  2. Thread: Losses

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    I had 530 that went into November alive. I...

    I had 530 that went into November alive. I brought them to California ~January 10th and 504 alive. Went this weekend to feed and oa treatment, still 504 alive. That would be about 5% overwinter loss....
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    I'm on my 5th(I think) year now. Initially bought...

    I'm on my 5th(I think) year now. Initially bought 148 hives and when winter hit I was left with 27. Have been dicing from those 27 and took 500 to almonds this year. Last 3 years Ive had over...
  4. How does the current rain/cold affect almonds/colony health?

    Does any flooding happen in the orchards? My bees are already in the orchards but I'm in washington so can't see it first hand.
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    What's your price and more importantly...

    What's your price and more importantly credibility/expierence/reviews as a broker?
  6. Hello, this is my second year taking bees to...

    Hello, this is my second year taking bees to almonds. Have 500 this year.
    We bring our bees to the orchard in mid January and feed them 1 gallon syrup and 1 patty pollen sub. 2 weeks later we...
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    Took a semi load to almond field yesterday. All...

    Took a semi load to almond field yesterday. All rain next week there meanwhile sunny where I took them from(washington). Good thing I left the covers on all the pallets.
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    There used to be a shop near me that extracted...

    There used to be a shop near me that extracted for 1$ per frame. Never tried it. Was a nice small beekeeping shop but the prices were almost double mannlake and they went out of business.
  9. Are you trying to make your own? I made about 40...

    Are you trying to make your own? I made about 40 of my own pallets before realizing it's much easier and cheaper to buy pallets from "used pallet company" in California. Their pallets use good...
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    How are your bees looking going into winter?

    Hello, wanted to start a thread to see how other commercial beekeepers bees are looking going into winter and getting ready for almonds in February. I got ~500 hives. ~400 are looking like 10+...
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    200 hives is $35000 at the prices I was payed...

    200 hives is $35000 at the prices I was payed last year for just almond pollination alone.
    Finding workers for beekeeping isn't as easy as paying some high-school students. The workers are needed...
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    I believe there is a huge gap between hobby...

    I believe there is a huge gap between hobby beekeeping and commercial. I see it as 0-50 hives is hobby territory. 50-750 is alot of work but not enough to replace your full time job. 750+ commercial...
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    I'm in washington state(federal way) and took 330...

    I'm in washington state(federal way) and took 330 to almonds last year. Was trying to figure out how to move them myself but found it easier to hire a semi instead. $2800 each way.
    Do you have a...
  14. Thread: Washington State

    by R055
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    600 strong hives avaliable for pollination next...

    600 strong hives avaliable for pollination next year after almonds. Located in Tacoma WA but willing to go out far for large orders. Call/text at 253-334-7496.
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    I was in your shoes about 3 years ago. Tried to...

    I was in your shoes about 3 years ago. Tried to jump in right away and bought 150 hives(in April of that year). The beekeeper told me he treated them for mites and I will be good until fall for mite...
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