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961Re: To Gary at Hirschbach Apriary

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  • nicty95
    Sep 6, 2007
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      --- In TopHive@yahoogroups.com, "nicty95" <nicty95@...> wrote:
      >
      > --- In TopHive@yahoogroups.com, "Scot McPherson"
      > <scot.mcpherson@> wrote:
      > >
      > > In any colony started from a package 3-5 lbs is ideal. Less than
      3
      > lbs and
      > > the bees will build slowly, and more than 5lbs is a waste of
      bees.
      > I like my
      > > packages right around 5 lbs if I am using packages. You get an
      > edge over 3
      > > lbs, but as I said anything more than 5 lbs is a waste of bees
      > because you
      > > will see zero appreciation for the extra bees. 5lbs seems to be
      > the upper
      > > limit of benefit for packages.
      > >
      > > And for what its worth, keep in mind that packages and natural
      > swarms are
      > > not equal. A 10 lb. swarm is a treasure....
      > >
      > >
      > > Scot McPherson
      > > McPherson Family Farms
      > > Davenport, IA
      > >
      > If a 10 lb swarm is a treasure then why wouldn't a ten lb package
      > be! I would take the largest package I could get. The more bee
      > installed the better a start they get all around more of a work
      > force = a fast build up, at least that is my experience when
      shaking
      > out bees in the spring! Next spring we are going to Romania to
      thin
      > out an apairy, we will shake 50 packages and bring them back for
      > TBH's we are building now. I am making the cages myself XL. These
      > bees are Russians and have not been treated in years! A package is
      nothing more than an artifical swarm.
      >
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