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Thanks for posting the pictures. Those open hives look very healthy !
 

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I dint have time to pull any frames ,just hefted boxes. But assume they are. But I also figure they are using whatever they are getting to raise brood. They seem to get more nectar towards the end of bloom. Saw lots of guys feeding yesterday. Tons of almond pollen coming in. Early swarming may be an issue if the bees aren't shaken right after bloom. Also expect varroa will be an issue because of the mild winter and early brood rearing.
 

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Mike, if you could get any reports of nectar intake from the area it would be greatly appreciated. Our hives are just a stone throw away from yours.
Our hives all got a second feeder full of 77 when we got done down there, but ........
 

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Just curious as the what the pay is per hive this year.
 

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Harry,just came in from feeding the 100 or so that got missed last time. But it looked like I could just as well have stayed home.
I wouldn't worry about anything starving at this point.Especially with a week of low 70s.They have really been packing it in.

Though there is a prediction of some more heavy rain starting around next Wednesday.
 

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>>What are the wooden things on top of some of the hives for?<<

Feeder crates made from scrap plywood. They aren't finished yet, but had to use them anyway.
 

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Harry,just came in from feeding the 100 or so that got missed last time. But it looked like I could just as well have stayed home.
I wouldn't worry about anything starving at this point.Especially with a week of low 70s.They have really been packing it in.

Though there is a prediction of some more heavy rain starting around next Wednesday.
Thanks, Mike.
I really appreciate the report. :)
 

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WTTW ( word to the wise)

We are going to start grafting next week. When that happens the clouds have a habit of forming and the rain loves to show up to make a fun time of it all.

If my prayers are answered regarding spring flower watering in the form of rain all those twenty-5 framers I keep seeing pictures of are going to boil through all that lip smacking (yuk) almond nectar they have won in the past week just like a drunk gambler in Vegas goes through armored car full of free $100 poker chips.

The bees are as big as the nectar flow has been. Its a wash as far as I am concerned. The big issue is how long the rain will stay if it comes next week and how soon it will be till they can get moved to the next spigot of syrup or nectar.
 

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Couldn't agree more. Thats why I said 'at this point' :), and that 'ok' time can be short or long depending on several things. Like, Did they go in light or heavy? Strong or weak? What is the stocking density of hives in the area? Were they fed ,or not?

Also ,combs of brood and pollen (lots of fresh pollen in the hives right now) are heavy, so not all that 'heft' is honey.

All I know about bees is that wrong assumptions can have bad consequences. From Boom to Bust when the almonds no longer are blooming, is the norm.
 

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Nice pics but I have one question.....

Could someone explain to me why all the folks with the Russian style lids continually refuse to put their name and phone number on the sides on sides of their boxes as required by law? Is this ignorance or are people trying to hide? If those boxes are in California and they don't have a number on the side and your bees get sprayed you have no recourse. Not one......in fact you could have dead bees and a fine..........

I have a field two miles north of me where we have bees in the almonds. Last week a chemical company called to say they were going to spray the alfalfa in the field to the south. The guy next to me didn't get the call as he has nothing posted. We received the call because ours are marked plain and clear.....

For those who refuse to mark their equipment......... Get with the program........ You will save all of us the hassle for having to deal with receiving calls from those wondering who the heck owns those hives that need to be moved......
 
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