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    Here is a great report but it is a little long.

    http://www.rakemag.com/stories/secti...0607&catID=146

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    great link! thanks

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    great link! thanks

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    Thanks I thought it was very good.

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    Excellent article! Thanks.
    "Younz" have a great day, I will.

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    Wow! $250 for a queen. Really?

    Best,
    Newbee Tom
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    “About eighty percent of the current bee population would die off fairly quickly,” said Spivak, “if beekeepers stopped chemical treatments cold turkey. But the survivors—those ten or twenty percent left behind—would propagate a whole new, tougher breed of bees with the traits they need to take care of themselves.”
    The Barefoot Beekeeper http://www.biobees.com

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    $250 is pretty common for breeder queens. They range from $100 to nearly $800 a queen depending on breed, time of year and how long they have been laying (ie. if they are proven to be a good laying queen). They are almost always instrumentally inseminated which take additional skill, training, relatively expensive equipment and significantly more time than opem mated queens. Plus there is a great deal of time and effort put into selection of the genetic traits one wants.

    -Tim

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    This article blew me away. Especially, because I am an urban beekeeper with hives on a Park Ave rooftop in Manhattan - New York City. I have many wonderful, dear gay male friends who are HIV+. This info (and my honeybees) might save their lives!

    I take bee supplements every day - pollen, propolis and royal jelly. Anybody else do that?

    And OMG - $800 for a Queen Bee! Amazing.
    I (heart) Honeybees

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    &gt; And OMG - $800 for a Queen Bee! Amazing.

    Not really, as one must recall that anyone
    buying such a queen will sell thousands of
    her progeny at "normal" queen prices.

    So, at minimum, 1000 * $12 = $12,000
    and $12,000 - $800 = $11,200

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