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    I have purchased locally raised queens to requeen most of my hives this year, I had some issues with the ones from NZ and Olivarez in Cali . I have a good local supplier that uses Buckfast strain...
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    I would love to go full tilt but it kind of scares me a bit to go that big that fast, jumping from 40 hives to 180 this year was a tremendous feat .
    I love Beekeeping and I put a lot of effort in it...
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    Re: I'm using a 1/2 hp sump for syrup

    No I drain the hose back into the mixing tub and it stays liquid, if I didn't it would dry out and get crunchy :) But I am not done mixing, I have 1 more big round of syrup before cold weather. Then...
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    Re: I'm using a 1/2 hp sump for syrup

    Yes SNL. I use warm/hot water and sometimes cold water. I know it is a rough looking setup but it works for me and I don't have to carry 5 gallon buckets to my tote on the back of my truck anymore,...
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    Re: I'm using a 1/2 hp sump for syrup

    Sorry, the photo uploader isn't working for me !!!!!! I put pictures on my Facebook link, you don't have to be a member to view pictures, I will try again later to post them on here.

    Ben
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    Re: I'm using a 1/2 hp sump for syrup

    Oops , I forgot to do that, sorry.
    I will go do it right now.
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    I guess it could be possible to super them in the yards but I would prefer to do it before going out. They probably would make a medium if I gave it to them in the 3 weeks they are there.
    It is...
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    Re: Bees in a chimney

    I have had my share of wasp calls :) I will check it out and get back to you all. pictures if it is bees too
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    That's exactly what I am doing next time :) I only have mediums and I hope it will be okay for hauling them, 2 deeps and a medium double stacked on my flat bed is going to be high :)
    I guess the...
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    I haven't gone there yet, I work mon-fri 8-5 and have to do it on the weekend with everything else I have to do.

    The homeowner is allergic to bee stings and this is a touchy situation for sure.
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    I was in very large fields of Blueberries but I am sure there was other things they were feeding on.

    I don't use sugar bricks on production hives, I feed syrup to fill the brood nest voids, we...
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    Not much time for a trap out, he will soon be making fire, he is using a heat pump right now but wants to light a fire.

    The chimney is off the ground 2 stories high , being a firefighter, I can...
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    This was my first year renting to Blueberry growers and when they came back after 3 weeks of pollination untouched, they were packed with honey in 2 deeps and they were swarmy when I got them home....
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    Bees in a chimney

    I just had a call about a man who has Bees in his chimney, it is a brick chimney with a stainless steel liner, how does one go about tackling something such as this ?

    Anyone with chimney removal...
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    Re: Business decision

    Outside, wrapped with black pallet wrap/ plastic shipping wrap, high den 2" foam insulation on top with a small vent in the inner cover and mouse guard screens on completely open entrances.
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    Thanks everyone
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    We have talked it over and decided to wait and see our winter losses first and then go for a land purchase. The guy I am dealing with has so much of it and it isn't advertised that I don't believe it...
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    Thanks, but I won't be going anywhere else to work :) I enjoy working with bees a lot and this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

    I am being as careful as I can to do it right
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    I have a new Kubota tractor L3800 @ 0% financing from Kubota , with a quick attach loader with forks/bucket that I use to move bees that are on pallets of 4. I have a newer W5500 cab over diesel flat...
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    Re: Business decision

    Sleep what's that LOL Beekeepers don't sleep :sleep:
    Vance G > Do you have your own facility now and equipment ? Did the working your butt of and using what you had at the time pay off ?

    Ben
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    Re: Business decision

    I am 33 years old.
    I hate borrowing money for anything, but I think investing in a future that I want for us is necessary, as you mentioned rates are low but Banks hate agriculture because of the...
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    We have enough money in the business account to buy the land without a problem, so what I am going to do is pay half from the business account and borrow the other half so it doesn't tie up our...
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    Thanks everyone.
    I am currently borrowing a building from the shop I work at and it is a very small space and it is 400' from my house and it has my uncapping tank and extractor in the same 12X7...
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    I want land because I live in a subdivision and have none. The land just happens to be a bigger parcel then I actually require but I am sure I will utilize it someday.
    Maybe I will put in a small...
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    Re: Business decision

    No secret stash or anything LOL I have a regular day job Mon-Fri 8-5 pm and I was funding it from my paycheck to start off with, I know it is "bootstrapping" so I stopped doing it this year and I am...
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