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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Bee rustling
« Last post by Acebird on January 17, 2017, 05:20:53 PM »
Good reason to brand frames as well as hive bodies.

Well that is what I couldn't understand about just moving the bees to other equipment.  I assumed that meant shaking all the bees into other equipment not just transferring the frames and burning the box.
What I suggested before is branding but not obvious to a thief.  Unfortunately if there is no inspection inside hives for the ones that go to almonds neither method is much good.

A tracker within a hive sounds like a good idea if there is law enforcement close by that can respond quickly.  You wouldn't want to confront the thief yourself.  It might result in a shoot out. 
Camera's only give you a photo.  You still have the problem of identification.  Great for prosecution though.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Bee rustling
« Last post by Dallasbeek on January 17, 2017, 03:59:13 PM »
Good reason to brand frames as well as hive bodies.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Work schedule and beekeeping
« Last post by Dallasbeek on January 17, 2017, 03:57:17 PM »
I doubt that a beekeeper in Bowie, TX, needs to worry a lot about AHBs.  Bowie is northwest of Dallas/Fort Worth and there shouldn't be a lot of feral bees of any kind there, since it's more ranchland than farming country.  In other words, not a lot of forage for bees.  Of course, the Sonoran desert of southern Arizona has AHBs, so who knows.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Work schedule and beekeeping
« Last post by GSF on January 17, 2017, 02:43:11 PM »
Concerning the AHB, Teaming up with a local bee club would be a great idea. Others in that club could share their experiences concerning AHB. I have zero experience with AHB, but I have some Italians that explode with you open the inner cover.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Bee rustling
« Last post by Blacksheep on January 17, 2017, 02:42:49 PM »
I would bet that who ever stole the bees had a lot of losses due to various reasons and have boxes to transfer the bees into!Just remove the bees and burn the boxes and the job is done!
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« Last post by GSF on January 17, 2017, 02:36:06 PM »
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Bee rustling
« Last post by Dallasbeek on January 17, 2017, 01:04:34 PM »
I have a friend whose heavy-duty trailer was stolen.  His replacement cost about $4,500.  It has 2x12 flooring.  He took it apart and drilled a hole in the side of one board and installed a tracker.  The service costs $20 a month, but if it moves even a few feet, the service will call his cell phone and give updates on location every 30 minutes.  He said it's cheaper than insurance."

I doubt  if it would be cost effective for a hobby beekeeper with a few hives, but if I had a large operation, at least one hive would have a tracker.
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