I am seriously looking into bee keeping. there is someone that comes out to our ranch and drops all these hives. what he is doing is not permaculture in any way, but it has me curious as to how much honey is taking while only giving us a few jars of honey a year.
Seems like it would be to your great advantage to look into your own bees. There is many gallons of potential honey in that pic. One strong hive can fairly reliably provide a couple jars each year & still leave plenty for the bees.
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Are they there year round? Many commercial beekeepers drop lorry loads of hive like this to take advantage of specific periods of nectar flows. What is in flower in your area now? You don't say where the US you are based.
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