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Strong hives are plugging out .Took feeders down yesterday, brought most home.
For those of us not familiar with almond pollination, are they plugging out with pollen, nectar or bees? Most of what I read said that almonds don't produce much nectar in most years, and that's why colonies need to be fed carbs.
 

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Pollen, brood, and honey. The weather has been perfect during the bloom (so far). I am not worried about starvation ,which is a concern some years.Good hives with good queens are getting a nice build up. There are fungicides being sprayed , though not as much as in wet years.
 

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The weather has been perfect during the bloom (so far).
In Butte County, I wouldn't say it has been perfect weather.
We had a few really hot days that rapidly advanced the bloom. Then we had two very windy days that completely stopped foraging. It was so windy that it not only blew your smoker off the top of a hive, but tumbled it along like a tumbleweed.
Then we had a cold day, followed by nice weather since.
It's been more of a roller coaster in our areas.
And of course, the next few days look brutal.
I'm happy that they all got a gallon of ProSweet whether they needed it or not...
 

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Maybe perfect was an exaggeration, but compared to last year,its closer to perfect:)

As for feeding them , I don't think I ever regretted putting feed on during bloom. Conditions can change rapidly and tomorrow may take a turn for the worse.Hope not.
 

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You're right about that!
Last year was the worst ever.
We were fortunate to get our hives into the orchards (I guess) right before it hit the fan.
We had 3" of rain one light and the railroad tracks blew out and washed 24 hives a few hundred feet. :eek:
Luckily, I had my room reserved well in advance because once the dam fiasco began, no rooms were available.
It was so wet and muddy, we were never able to reach the hives until we moved them out.
It can only improve over last year's nightmare.;)
 
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