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How package bees are put in those lil boxes…ughhhh

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    susan rudnicki

    If you have never seen the process by which commercial breeders put together the packages, have a look at this short video. Seeing these guys throw clusters of bees at each other is some indication of their respect—and know this—the queens are unrelated to their packages of workers. They are thrown together and shipped out.


    Eric Young

    Wow. This video would seem to explain a lot. It is very sad since I would have assumed a package I ordered was all from the same hive. So much for thinking a package of bees was thoughtfully put together.


    susan rudnicki

    Nope, the package industry is a volume operation, mostly out of Georgia, FL, and CA, and to add insult to injury, the queens are often hurried to the post and poorly mated. This adds to the failure rate. Read up on Michael Bush’s posts.

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About susan rudnicki

Been beekeeping almost 5 years now. Have 27 hives,(2 client hives) I work with the City of Manhattan Beach, re-homing bees in conflict with citizens. Allowed to keep bees at the Public Works yard (19 hives) in exchange for this work. I do many presentations for HoneyLove, teach bee students, rescue bees and sell honey.


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