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  1. Hi commercial people, It is not always well received when one is asked to show their cards. Then again hopefully this question is not a ‘trade secret’ as such but rather a quench of my curiosity for how you operate on larger scales. I saw some of these helicopters dropping in pallets of either 1 x 4, 2 x 4 (8) or 3 x 4 (12) hives at a time, being dropped on certain Manuka sites around various stomping grounds. My observations were the depths of these were generally 2 broods and 2 supers. For transport purposes, all hive sizes were uniform in height. Please can people correct me in these assumptions? 1) 2 x supers provide ample space for honey production in any chosen site. 2) 2 x broods are the preferred strength for the golden rod period. 3) These colonies are configured so that no keeper will need to visit a site until after the honey flow has mostly completed. 4) The honey flow is roughly a 6 week window, so any drops (either by helicopter or by truck) is generally completed before 1st December (ok starts earlier up north) and is recovered by the end of January or later. 5) In terms of hive management, there is a risk/return of not being concerned with the swarming given the new season queen is likely to be introduced for each colony. All managed in spring (pre flow). 6) Supers are generally recovered before the colonies (taken and replaced) with the idea colonies will be recovered later before the dearth in Autumn. 7) Oxalic Acid treatments are not viable on a commercial scale. Therefore Synthetics are generally used for hive management year around. Signed, curious newbie.
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