961Re: To Gary at Hirschbach Apriary
- Sep 6, 2007--- 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
> lbs andbees.
> > the bees will build slowly, and more than 5lbs is a waste of
> I like myshaking
> > 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
> out bees in the spring! Next spring we are going to Romania tothin
> out an apairy, we will shake 50 packages and bring them back fornothing more than an artifical swarm.
> 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
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