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    Re: Honey price in your area

    I started out much lower and realized there's a strong local market. I've increased my prices multiple times with little negative impact. Think about Savanna honey and what they charge the next...
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    Re: What to do with the honey?

    "Hobby business." That's like claiming to be half pregnant. You either are a business or you aren't a business.

    Ace, you have no experience in this, it's crystal clear you are no...
  3. Thread: Dead Hives

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    Re: Dead Hives

    If you want to feed the honey from these dead hive back, leave the comb exposed and your other hives will rob it clean. You don't have to extract diddle. Yes they'll damage some of the comb while...
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    Re: What to do with the honey?

    Started small, completely under the radar not to cheat but too small to be considered anything but a hobby. My 2nd or 3rd year once I got past 5 hives I created and LLC (real cheap and easy) to...
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    Re: Central Texas NewBee 1st Post/?

    rmitch2,

    Welcome to the forum! I lived in Georgetown for 9 years before moving up here to KC back in '05. Lived over in Fountainwood Estates and I still miss Dos Salsas and Monument café. Oh so...
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    Re: What to do with the honey?

    It's 30K in sales here in MO. before you drop into the commercial category. I didn't think my honor stand would sell a bunch but I was dead wrong. You might be too if you get serious about it. ...
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    Re: What to do with the honey?

    I started out word of mouth and set up a few Ma and Pa stores. After I was contacted by MO. dept of health to tell me I couldn't retail at all without falling under their jurisdiction, costs and...
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    Re: Foundationless for new Beekeeper

    That's what I thought and even foolishly told my wife the max would be 5 hives. I'm up to 30 with over a dozen nucs ready for overwintering. She reminds me of my "5, max" comment when she wants a...
  9. Re: Can you please sign this petition regarding Neonicotinoids

    No way I'm putting my name to something that bans a product for "suspecting that (use of imidacloprid and clothianidin on arable crops) may be connected to current bee declines." Suspecting... but...
  10. Re: How to combine a weak colony to a strong one?

    Once she's failing she's old and or sick, her eggs are old and her drone juice is low. None of these things are going to make for good grafts much less even medeocre survival chances of a Rhode...
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    Re: refractometers under $100

    Same here though I've not used it for years. It just sits in it's box.
  12. Re: How to combine a weak colony to a strong one?

    If the queen in hive A is failing pinch her now as she'll get no better. A couple days later combine A with B via a newspaper combine. Come spring the combined hive will be VERY strong and in need...
  13. Thread: wax rotation

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    Re: wax rotation

    Agreed. The principle of cleaning water via evaporation to remove impurities appears to have gotten confused here. Wax is a fat and thus follows a set of completely different rules. Anything...
  14. Re: Make 15 year old help with sideline business?

    My 10 year old didn't want to help with my hobby so I gave him a pass and continued on my way. It's gone well beyond hobby now and he's 16 and itching to earn money. He'll help with harvesting with...
  15. Thread: marketing

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    Re: marketing

    ...and near the hives as they're a visible silent salesman of how local and fresh the honey is. You definitely don't want it near any other reason to stop like a gas station where transient people...
  16. Thread: marketing

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    Re: marketing

    This is purely state related. In MO. if you're wholesaling you've got to go through everything a major manufacturer has got to do. If you're just a retailer (farmers market, honor stand, etc.) you...
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    Re: Funny honey label

    Clever label but for me it doesn't appeal to the larger market. From the buyers I see and checks I get in my honor stand I'd say about 75% of my customers are women. They're not going to like...
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    Re: To Nuc, or Not to Nuc

    Assuming they've got strong queens and the only difference between the two are 3 frames why not leave them in the 8 frame trap/nuc? Start feeding and they'll pack those out and with the extra bees...
  19. Re: Need Help Please. No Pollen To Speak Of in Hive

    If they need pollen they normally find it. If they have none coming in the queen will stop laying and they'll use up their supplies as a new source appears. A local beekeeper would be better able...
  20. Thread: Raw Honey

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    Re: Raw Honey

    Amen. I get asked versions of those questions all the time too. There are some quirky birds out there. I sometimes feel a bit like a snake oil salesman though I don't make any of those claims. ...
  21. Re: Uncapping Equipment - Chain versus Knife uncapping - New Beekeeper

    I went to 8 frames in my supers and I use a maxant chain uncapper instead of the heated knife I used as few as a couple years ago. HUGE time saver and my hand doesn't go numb. I spin out the...
  22. Thread: Raw Honey

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    Re: Raw Honey

    Very select folks posts are blocked as they waste my time but I saw this glittering jewel of ignorance only because Nabber86 quoted it. I'm amazed how someone can have so little street and...
  23. Thread: Raw Honey

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    Re: Raw Honey

    Wow.... that's downright impressive as a sales display. The clean up when someone overfills or someone pulls the "milk gallon" prank https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzfQqt5q0Ak would be awful. I'm...
  24. Thread: Raw Honey

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    Re: Raw Honey

    That's great salesmanship pure and simple. Give the customer what they want and do it with flare and they'll pay you extra for it. That's why at fairs people make cotton candy and kettle corn right...
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    Re: Destroyed Comb in the Extractor

    ...and yet he can't figure out why no one will hire him.
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