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Packages - could this be why they often fail?

 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:35 am    Post subject: Packages - could this be why they often fail? Reply with quote

"The cycle of honeybees through the beekeeping community works something like this: After the almond pollination, large numbers of colonies are shipped to Northern California, where they’re “shaken” into big containers and measured out into approximately three-pound packages. Similar rituals are performed in Texas, Georgia, Florida, and other states with large-package sellers. The bees are then combined with a caged queen from a queen producer, usually located nearby. These packages will end up with hobby beekeepers throughout the country, shipped sometimes in small quantities and sometimes in huge truckloads for organized cooperatives like beekeeping clubs."

https://www.seleneriverpress.com/blog/category/honeybee-human/silent-sting-plight-of-the-pollinators/
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just read the link Phil,
makes me so glad we have not gone down the packaged bees route.
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