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    Re: Easy Money!! Easy Money!!

    Thanks haha. I posted that question because I was curious if all the guys commenting on people that started threads called "I want to be a commercial beekeeper"

    I did, you probably saw it. What I...
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    Re: Easy Money!! Easy Money!!

    Who/where was it implied that it would be easy money? or easy work? Not sure I found that thread...
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    Re: What do you think about the Nicot system?

    Thanks everyone for sharing resources and experiences. These are all good things I'll need to take into consideration. I was trying to weigh the benefits of going graft less opposed to grafting,...
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    What do you think about the Nicot system?

    I plan on honing some queen rearing skills next year. I have been learning from someone in my area for the last few months. After the initial "lessons", he pretty much convinced me the Nicot is the...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    :thumbsup:

    I went around looking today. Quite a bit of it is blooming, but not all of it. I went to four patches I've been keeping my eye on since I first saw it starting up. All are within forage...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    I hate those surprise frosts. Messed up my apple, peaches, and apricots this year. Bleh!
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    Not certain what an early fall bloom would cause. But I think the reason you may not being seeing golden rod the same time as I is our distance apart, you are quite a bit north of me.



    Yea, I...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    this reminded me, when I walked up on my hives the other day, there had to be 100 yellow jackets just as I entered the bee yard. My heart dropped. Then I noticed, they weren't after my hives, but a...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    Your experience is definitely worth taking into account. I hear horror stories like this all too often. The March packages scare me. I'm not sure how they would fare if we have a 2014 early spring...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    Hey and thanks for reading. Have you tried starting with similar numbers with nucs? how did that fare?

    The other option is starting with nucs a bit later, but I'm trying to figure out how to feel...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    sqk,

    def worth considering.
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    He gets them from a guy in georgia. Not sure how they are ready so early. I will feed them gratuitously for sure. I am a tad weary of packages that early, for reasons other that just chillbrood and...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    I most likely will not be getting a pump system this year. I have entertained the idea of a 5gal bucket on top, the in frames were a starting point.

    I will be getting my packages the first of...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    The other two are not on my land. They are on a friend's, and after recent events I consider them hers. We split, and I told her dad not to feed them, well, he fed them with honeybee healthy added,...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    :lpf: I love your "Fact", I would bet on that being true!

    I really really like the idea of diversifying, as to not put all your eggs in one basket. however, I do not like the idea of buying any...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    As always, you have given some realistic advice, and it will not be taken lightly.
    I would ideally start with nucs, but I have weighed pros and cons. Firstly, this year I couldn't remember exactly...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    Indeed very relative. I think it would most benefit me in next years actions. Thanks for reading.



    I thought we would be in dearth too, and I guess my specific area sort of is. They quit...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    Thanks for reading! I figured out what he meant by that after hearing other people out. It does make good sense to run a business that way, I agree. However, that is not the position I would like to...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    Yes, this is definitely going to be a big money pit this first year, and most likely for many years :P

    I have found a way to save on woodenware, as I have a readily available supply of very...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    I'll look into the ag review, thanks.


    I can see how the economy of scale would play into it, I wasn't estimating half of 52, which is why I said as many as 50 nucs or as little as fourty,...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    +1, except I heard (and have experienced) I would get 13 different opinions :p

    Also, I do appreciate the perspective others give.
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    Thanks for the encouragement! Best of luck to you and your ladies!

    I think I must be coming across like i'm trying to do this right now, when really, I'm just trying to "act as if"

    Do I think...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    Very nice, sir. Thank you kindly. I'll talk with the inspector next time I see them, or call them next week. They often come to meetings or go to field days.
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    Thanks for the input on the 3 frames. Will be carefully considered.

    I was not planning any sort of goal this year, other than a few successful grafts and mates. I was going to buy around 50 nucs...
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    Very, VERY helpful!
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