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Posts Tagged: bee colonies

Bears Raiding Bee Colonies: They're Seeking the Brood

This is what bear damage to a hive looks like.  This photo was provided by Jackie Park-Burris of Palo Cedro, who owns Jackie Park-Burris Queens. (Photo courtesy of Jackie-Park Burris)

Yes, bears raid honey bee colonies. But it's primarily for the bee brood, not the honey. The brood provides the protein, and the honey, the  carbohydrates. For beekeepers and commercial queen bee breeders, this can wreak havoc. Financial...

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 5:07 PM

Thinking of Becoming a Commercial Beekeeper?

A queen bee and her retinue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So you're thinking of become a commercial beekeeper and renting your colonies to almond growers.  California currently grows some 900,000 acres of almonds, and each acre requires two colonies for pollination. A friend gave you some old bee...

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 1:03 PM
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