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One place to start might be the NASS statistics. You can check reported per colony honey yields for your state going back many years:...
Something else to keep in mind: when established beekeepers buy packages, they are most often to replace winter dead-outs, which have drawn comb, and often, frames of honey. I haven't bought large...
As others have suggested, get connected with a local club:
Clubs often offer beginner's classes, and are great places to find...
What I see from time to time are plenty stores in late summer, then nothing by mid-fall. Sometimes a really strong hive will go through stores quickly if there's not a strong fall flow.
I remember cringing when it started out with the fake Einstein quote. As jwscarson noted above, it's preachy, and plays loose with the facts, but worth watching just for the great cinematography.
Not likely a problem, in my experience.
Do you have an extra 10-frame box? You could put the 8 nuc frames + a couple empty frames in the 10-frame box, then do a newspaper combine with the queenless hive.
The Indiana State Beekeepers hold a meeting every summer at the Purdue Bee Lab, hosted by Dr. Greg Hunt. It's usually the 3rd Saturday in June, and features lots of hands-on activities in the hives....
I don't take them away. There are techniques to make splits & nucs without having to move them to a different location.
For splits, I place them side-by-side in the original location, and returning...
Was sorry to see the U.S. bid lose (Minneapolis). Apimondia hasn't been in the U.S. since 1967.
I agree with your plan. Combine in the fall, split in the spring.
That's a typo, right? You meant $2.25 a POUND, not $2.25 a gallon.
I have screened bottom boards & leave them open all winter. We typically have at least a few weeks of sub-zero temps.
I do provide a wind break so that I have "dead air" under the hives.
I read a few books (visit your local library), spent several months reading posts on a couple online forums, then took a full-day beginners class.
You're just a short distance from Dave Burns &...
There shouldn't be a any problem using 'honey' comb for brood (or vice versa). Interchangeability is one of the advantages of using all mediums.
Sometimes replacement queens don't start laying immediately. In my experience, a week to 10 days isn't out of the ordinary. I've seen some research which suggests that the length of time a queen has...
Standing by is your worst option at this point. This late in the season I'd do a newspaper combine. If you can find a queen, you might try as Ruth suggested and overwinter them as a nuc.
With a mite load that high you're gonna have to do something to knock them down before winter. I'd remove the super, treat, but keep feeding if they need it.
Adding to what Michael Bush said: the honey they make this year may not taste at all like the honey from last year, even in the exact same location.
I leave mine open year round. We usually get a few weeks of sub-zero temperatures,
Some nice pictures here:
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I live in Brown County, but work in Spencer.
Have you connected with the local bee club - White River Beekeepers meet in Spencer:...