Well lots has happened since I last updated the group. I have moved from Sarasota/Bradenton Florida to Davenport IA. I found someone down in florida to buy my bees so I didn't have to haul them up here, not that I really wanted to haul florida bred bees to iowa anyway. I used the money to buy initial lumber, and a commercial loan to buy the balance of lumber and bees and went to work starting in january building tons of beehives. I have pictures of my workshop, but they are on my camera and the only way to get them from camera to computer is through my pda which is now broken, but eventually i'll retrieve them one way or another (no help here please, I know every way one can do it, just not all that motivated at the moment).
Anyway, took me about 3 months to build 500 beehives. 3 weeks ago I installed the bees and that took me 3 full days. Many of the beehives are incomplete and I have already decided on upgrades now that a big operation has new demands (like moving whole bee yards less than a week after installing them). Things I had to take shortcuts on like legs on many hives, and things like a back cleat used solely for carrying a hive. Luckily I have many extra hives now from the dead-outs and abscondings from the installation (we are having a real bad late wet/cold snap that sapped the bees resources and some starved before I could reach them again in time). So I have the resources to finish building the hives a yard at a time and moving them from old box to new box, then updating those old boxes into new for the next yard. Its a lot of work operating a larger operation. WOuldn't be bad at all workload wise if I didn't have to maintain a full time job in the interim to feed family and pay the bills. Looking to the fsa/usda to lend me a hand there maybe for 1 year's living expenses so I can focus all my time on the bees.
Anyway that's where I am....Oh yeah, you might want to know all the hives are my tbh design.
[size="1"][ May 14, 2006, 09:31 PM: Message edited by: Scot McPherson ][/size]
Scot Mc Pherson<br />McPherson Family Honey Farms<br />Davenport, IA<br />BeeWiki: <a href=\"http://beewiki.linuxfromscratch.org\" target=\"_blank\">http://beewiki.linuxfromscratch.org</a> <br /><br />Pics:<br /> <a href=\"http://linuxfromscratch.org/~scot/pics/bees/\" target=\"_blank\">http://linuxfromscratch.org/~scot/pics/bees/</a>