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Discussion in 'Bee News' started by PerryBee, Jul 31, 2012.
I don't understand how one beekeeper can steal from another. It's kind of like horse thieves and cattle rustlers.
Wonder if it was a bee keeper or one of the idiots that wants easy money for the honey? Tom
I dunno Tom.
When I got started the mantra was "Are you in it for the honey, or in it for the money" (pollination). This was probably one of two scenarios.
# 1 - Some keep had bad losses and tried to make them up by doing this. Sad to think about.
# 2 - I don't doubt that there sharpies out there who have figured out that simply picking up a bunch of hives and dumping them on some unsuspecting farmer who pays for the pollination (not realizing the hives have been stolen) is a quick way to make a buck.
All hive boxes and frames should be marked with the owner's ID. Best method, is by branding iron. I confess, that I don't have everything marked, but if someone should steal hives from me, almost cerainly he'll include some identifiable parts.
Making a plastic stencil by cutting out letters or numbers is very easy. A quick spray of paint over the stencil leaves a good long lasting marking.
'100 hive frames'.... did someone just steal the frames?
My operation wouldn't justify the expense of a branding iron (although I agree that it is the best, most permanent method). I do, however, right my initials on the bottom of every frame. So, if someone pops open a box, they don't see the ID and are less likely they to detect it and remove it. My hope is that if I ever do have a problem, it will help me to track down my equipment.
Of course, I have never had a problem, so I can't really say how well my method works!