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  1. Re: Putting a value on an existing commercial business

    I have not bought a bee business before, but have purchased others. A general rule among our attorney's and agents was never to pay more than 2x annual profit/cash flow. 3x maybe if there are other...
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    Re: 2014 Three Pound Packages and Nucs for Sale

    April packages are sold out and I have about 100 left for the May date.
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    Re: Microscopes? Useful? and what to buy?

    I have one with a camera that connects directly to the computer. I use it primarily for Nosema analysis.
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    Re: Significant Other.

    I am with JohnG. My wife does the books, pays the bills, takes orders for Nucs and Package Bees, bottles the honey and delivers it. She will help me secure the load when needed and assist me with...
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    Re: Pollinator Broker

    The same gentleman called me about three days ago. He has a 503 area code if this is the same individual. Talks with an accent. Called me relentlessly wanting about 150 colonies at $125-135 each. He...
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    apple Pollination

    I need a little advice. This is my first Apple Pollination. Have done others, but not apples. Grower says bees are only needed one to two weeks. Would like it priced accordingly. From those of you...
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    Re: Pollinator Broker

    Don't know him. But I have been getting calls non stop from folks looking for bees. I had several who wanted to pay 130.00 each. I told them I did not anyone at this late stage who would do it for...
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    Re: 2014 Three Pound Packages and Nucs for Sale

    April Packages are nearly sold out. Have 55 left and 22 Nucs. Nucs available after State Inspection.
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    Re: Insurance for commercial beekeeper in PA

    Mark, is this the same as Farmers Insurance? I have a Texas Company but not entirely sure they are in tune with my needs.
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    Re: Winter feeding

    This time of year and where you are I would never feed syrup. In my climate, we almost always apply patties in January, not sugar. We want the prep the colony for brood development and they need...
  11. Re: How many hives should be placed on a acre of high density cherries?

    Listen to Mark. Definitely increase your prices. You are running a business with quite a bit of expenses. Your professionalism demands you are compensated appropriately.
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    Re: worst spot you have been stung.

    Nose and lips. It seems I cant stop leaning against the face screen when bending over and that's when they get me. I speak four languages and I guarantee you I cussed my bees in everyone of them....
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    Re: Pulling Nucs Almonds

    I don't know if they do that, but if they do I would only be happy to put them in jail, right after I give them an ***** beat down.
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    Re: meyerhoneyfarms Custom Bee Nets

    I second the above. I will purchase two more this year.
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    Re: Hive Theft ring busted in Weedpatch

    From personal experience, when I arrested someone on a theft charge, the Federal magistrate would ask what my recommendation on bond was. If the defendant did not have a prior record, had ties to the...
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    Re: Hive Theft ring busted in Weedpatch

    I cannot stand when someone takes short cuts to profitability by stealing from someone who has put their hard work, blood, sweat and tears into an operation. I hope he gets hammered. He is lucky he...
  17. Re: Florida beekeepers and citrus growers will meet September 18 in Lake Alfred

    Broodhead, I was surprised the hoops I had to go through to be allowed back into the citrus groves this year. I sat for over an hour with the grower as he explained the plight of greening disease. ...
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    Re: Max Nuc Production

    In addition take a queen rearing course, and also since you are in Florida, find someone who does this commercially and work for them for a couple weeks at least. split it up if you have too.
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    Re: Punkin and pickle pollination

    Cucumbers and Pumpkins are very hard on bees. Take into account the distance you have to travel, the fact you will probably have to feed in these fields and the potential replacement cost of lost...
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    Re: 2014 Three Pound Packages and Nucs for Sale

    The following are our remaining confirmed ship/pick up dates for 2014:

    Ship ***** Pick up (Virginia Only)
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    March 24 ...
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    Re: How many packages?

    I can tell you that if you are looking to order bees from the large GA suppliers, they are now sold out until mid May 2014. My guy was sold out by last November and is not taking new customers. When...
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    Re: Crystallization

    we use our queen incubator and place about 8 bottles at a time, leave them overnight and by morning they are de-crystalized. You can get one for about $40.00 at tractor supply or check craigslist.
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    Re: apivar question

    right now I am doing a comparison with Apivar and Checkmite down in Florida to see which works better. I have been using Checkmite and Thymol combinations in the past few years with good results. If...
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    Re: Bee Yards, post a picture of your bee yards.

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    Bee yards in Florida and Virginia. Very little honey this year. If it were just one location that was lacking, I could understand, but two? That is...
  25. Re: Yearly expenses estimate NEW - 175 hives - please input!

    No problem.
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