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dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 23 5:44 pm    Post subject: bee rustlers Reply with quote
    

14 hives from a welsh hillside, i have heard of it but that is a lot in one go, selling bees in the pub might be a bit awkward so they must be somewhere they were not a few days ago

any "new" bees round your areas?
oddly marketed honey?

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 23 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

It has happened before. A hive is worth a bit of money although not sure how they sell them. As you say, buying it in the pub is a bit off. Very sad for the beekeeper.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 23 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

the beek phone tree might help out, 14 hives are a bit noticeable if they are suddenly foraging locally

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 23 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

spose it might be the hives rather than the full bees in a box objective.

second hand hives might be a motive, bit risky if the beeks know there are hooky ones on the market and buzz in the right ears

one full hive is quite bulky and heavy, 14 off a hillside is serious logistical carry with equipment and hives and stealth , largish size van as well

how much are they worth? cos the perps seem a bit capable for passing chancers with a space in the van.

rustlers, dont like em

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 23 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

It is the bees as well that are worth the money. I don't know how much they would get for them as we have never bought a colony, only either a queen, who comes with a few workers. When we started, and that was about 40 year ago, we were given the nucleus I think. That is usually bees taken in a swarm. There isn't a full colony there, as only some of the bees follow the queen leaving enough to continue with the old colony. Since then we have built up using swarms. At present we only have one or two in the wood, as all husbands energy is taken up with the wood and odd jobs in the house.

The rustlers may have had one customer, or possibly a number wanting one or two hives each. It is also possible that they took them to hire out to farmers to pollinate crops, but unlikely at this time of year.

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