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    Re: Florida dept AG apiary inspection

    Nothing. Enter the state. There are only 2 states that I know that check at the border. The rest that I have seen is just a paperwork drill. I had an inspector quarantine a yard of mine in NYS...
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    Re: Selling Honey to Local stores

    I think you are well on your way to feeling out your local market and see how it goes. Remember once a store is no longer profitable to you, drop them as they will certainly drop you. Good Luck
  3. Re: Melting cappings in water jacketed bottling tank?

    What do you use for a press?
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    Re: Requeening annually

    It was the first time I ever tried to split like that. Yes they were on a flow, but I wouldnt call it a good flow. Though a week after I left they were on a significant flow as they completely...
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    Re: Requeening annually

    Results always vary from year to year. Yes I only do 2 framers in 5 frame NUCs. Actually I like to give 2 frames of bees/brood and frame of bees and food even in the 5 frame NUCs, but thats plenty...
  6. Thread: Old queens

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    Re: Old queens

    are you talking about the old queen? If so not really. Though I have to admit I don't keep track of my queens. If they start to fail I just replace them immediately, or rather as soon as possible....
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    Re: Requeening annually

    We have noticed that large splits have higher percentage rate of rejecting cells as well. The smaller splits always have higher acceptance rates.
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    Re: Old queens

    why wouldn't that be good swarm prevention. Remove the frame with the old queen on it and give them another half frame of bees and food at the beginning of a flow. They should build enough to make...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    We do provide services. We offer pollination services, some offer bee removal services as well. We do offer both products and services, even if much of the record keeping is done with clumps of...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Just because someone has a PhD doesn't mean they are any smarter/intelligent than a high school graduate. It just means they have gone thru an education system and endured its nuiances until they...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Thats a nice write up about financials Barry. Speaking of quickbooks, that is the system my wife wants to use. I would prefer just writing my own database/software to track all the costs and setup...
  12. Thread: Mining Hives

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    Re: Mining Hives

    They maybe a week later than normal.
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    Re: Mining Hives

    Mark do you use your NUCs for replacement of your dinks during the season here in NY or do you sell them?
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    Re: Mining Hives

    Maple season isnt even done here yet. I talked with my orchards last night and they are south of Albany along the Hudson (much warmer than Utica) and they are expecting to need my bees around 13-15...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Excellent observation WLC. Which is why I stated its not easy money. Starting off with anything that is worthwhile takes time. Yes once all infrastructure is in place its financially easier and...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Which goes back to my original comment about managing your business.
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    Re: Old queens

    No biggie David. I didn't mean anything by my questions. I just like to observe other folks thoughts, especially when it comes to well mated queens and varying opinions.
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    I had a beekeeper in Ga tell me the same thing. He has actually convinced others in the area the same thing. He tried his hand at the commercial level and failed at it.

    Personally I think its...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    I doubt you are going to get many if any to post what they make a year with number of colonies they have. That's a pretty personal question into someones business.

    This I will tell you.

    I have...
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    Re: Old queens

    I would let them brood right up till the flow. Actually if they are strong enough you could rob out only open brood with the queen place a cell in established colony. They will run you more honey...
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    Re: Old queens

    David I hope the pump is working well for you. If I have time I like to find the old queen and take a frame of brood she is on along with 2 frames of food and move her to the new box.

    Are you...
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    Re: What is better -- Bees or Honey?

    Most commercial operators do pollination and run for honey. A few also sell NUCs, however the majority of them that I know don't mess with selling NUCs or package bees, however they do allow package...
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    Re: Old queens

    What is the definition of a very early queen?

    How do you know you have a well mated queen until you have observed her laying pattern/durability for half a season?


    I always like to wait until...
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    Re: What is better -- Bees or Honey?

    A truly wise business man/woman would find money by diversification as you don't always need what's most lucrative, but rather a continual year round paycheck! Good luck with growing your business...
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    Re: Mining Hives

    Im trying to round up my uncle to drive one of my trucks. Im heading back day before Good Friday to check back and make first haul back. Probably just my 5500 and F250. Wanting to bring some back...
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