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    Re: Price suggestions

    The bees and laying queen alone are worth $150 (think about the price of a 3lbs package). The frames with drawn comb/brood/stores are worth $75-100 imo. I would charge $225-250. He could start his...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Walked up on one of my colonies swarming yesterday (3/18/12) in Carthage, NC. Of course they landed about 80ft up a tree :( It was still amazing to see them come pouring out of the hive all at once....
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    Re: What disease is this

    Make sure it's not just drone brood mixed in with workers. Those cells will be domed up noticeably higher than the worker cells.
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    Re: Getting ready for first inspection

    You should have no problem doing a thorough inspection if the temp is in the 60s-70s. You can usually get through nucs fairly quickly anyway.
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    Re: Adding a swarm to a swarm

    Better to start them off separately and then combine them when the stronger queen proves her case. Pinch the weaker queen and newspaper combine the queenless colony on top of the queenright.
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    Re: Business plan for about 100 hives

    Price fixing, anyone?
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    Re: Likely places to get stung?

    Those gloves are complete overkill. They're designed to keeping EMT/Firefighter/Law enforcement officers safe when dealing with possible needle situations. If you must wear gloves, I suggest...
  8. Thread: day 10

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    Re: day 10

    Did you only check for capped brood? What about eggs or larva? If you're completely broodless after 2 weeks you need to requeen.
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    Re: Business plan for about 100 hives

    I've been beeking for some years now and there is no profit in my foreseeable future, but that's okay. I've still got so much to learn and I enjoy it.

    Just a thought: With 100 hives would it be...
  10. Re: Bees dying in packages, waiting for queens

    You can install queenless packages. They won't be really motivated until they get a queen though. With that many dead bees have you considered filling out a damage/mishandling claim with either the...
  11. Re: Trying to figure out the timing of things.....

    1. The bees will generally swarm between the time that queen cells are capped and the first virgin queen emerges. If the colony just swarmed, then chances are a virgin queen hasn't emerged yet.

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  12. Re: How cool! Native bees hard at work. I think.

    In almost every case I've seen swarms out perform packages. The fact that they're native bees probably doesn't hurt either.
  13. Re: Are Italian Bees the most favored bees still

    The biggest factor in determining the type of honeybee that will be best for you is your location. Find out what other beeks in your area are using. Italians are highly favored among southern...
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    Re: What is this cell?

    Definitely doesn't look like a queen cup. It's got that domed characteristic of a drone cell. That's what I'll go with.
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    Re: Top Cover: Regular v. Garden Copper?

    I really like being able to set boxes diagonally on top of the reg covers. The cover and box only touch and four points which minimizes crushed bees to practically 0 every time. This also minimizes...
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    Re: inspecting newspaper combine

    I think most times the method you used will be successful. If the queenright colony is much stronger than the laying worker colony, then there is little risk of the few trouble makers harming your...
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    Re: Package Bees & Splits

    Did you see dead bees in any of the failed colonies? I've never had problem with 3# packages in 10 frame deeps. I've had a struggler a time or two, but never a die out in spring/summer. We have...
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    Re: smoking frequency

    Not a good idea to open more than once a week, period. In my opinion, opening a hive more than once every two weeks is counterproductive. I don't think the smoke is the sole reason, though.
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    Re: Goofy comb

    What your're seeing there does seem to occur more with plastic frames than wood/wax. I suppose it's just a cost that comes with the convenience of using plastic frames. Just pull it out let them try...
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    Re: Queen Cell Picture??

    That cell looks so far along that I doubt it is empty. When queen cells aren't in use they generally will not build them out that far.
  21. Re: Considering Shaking Out the Bees this Fall

    Well I'm sure if we could get nearly just as much T-bone steak without killing the cattle, we wouldn't be doing it.

    ...And I doubt there could ever be any sort of market for bulk bees in the fall...
  22. Re: Considering Shaking Out the Bees this Fall

    I am very familiar with Honey Householder's postings/methods and while I find them to be morally disturbing, I do recognize that it has the potential to be profitable under certain conditions. ...
  23. Re: Considering Shaking Out the Bees this Fall

    I try to give advice on a case to case basis. Judging by the poster's original post I am assuming he is small scale/hobby beek. I doubt he is paying a below average cost for his bees. As far as fall...
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    Re: Scrounging up supers

    Materials for pine boxes is fairly cheap. I would make my own if I had the tools/workspace/know-how to do it. Purchasing pre-cut complete hives(2 deep)/frames/foundation is running me about $115 per...
  25. Re: Considering Shaking Out the Bees this Fall

    The price to replace them next season will far exceed the price anyone will pay you for them (bees only, I'm assuming). If someone offered to shake all their bees into MY OWN equipment IN THE FALL, I...
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