Hives, like in the picture above, are being put into the Almond orchards around here. They live on pallets and once the almonds are pollinated, the bees move onto other crops. They are transported all over the country. This puts a big toll on the hives and spreads disease.
Our bees belong to The Erwin family in Dixon, the same family that owns the 40 acres we lease. Their hives are doing well, but there is an ant issue. Rather than use a pesticide to control them, we will be fencing chickens around them to eat all the ants.