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  1. #41
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    Default Re: What are some of your cost-saving methods?

    Do you use pollen in your sub?
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    Default Re: What are some of your cost-saving methods?

    Ian, you've asked me this question before, NO.
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    Default Re: What are some of your cost-saving methods?

    I know, but what do you mean by growing your own? do you mean soybeans?
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    Default Re: What are some of your cost-saving methods?

    Ian, what I mean is, we pant- grow- harvest- mill and tote the product, then use it in our nutra Bee pollen substitute.
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    Default Re: What are some of your cost-saving methods?

    Thats cool, as long as its not pollen.
    I think I'm going to look into getting some of this Nutra-Bee feed for next spring.

    Which brings this off topic back on topic, Adam, buy supplies together with neighbours to cut costs
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    Default Re: What are some of your cost-saving methods?

    Well I have a slightly different take on the question. I have never lowered my overall expenses but I most definitely lowered my average cost per hive. Standardize what you are doing so that you can run more hives with the same amount of labor. Spend the money that it takes to make you as efficient as possible. It's really, really difficult to quantify the value of efficiency to your bottom line until you realize at the end of the year that you have more hives full of bees and more barrels full of honey and you have done it all in approximately the same number of man hours. We used to run about 1,000 hives per full time beekeeper and now it's closer to 1,500. One more thing (and I'm pretty sure I am in a minority with this statement) your goal needs to be spending full time doing beekeeping related activities. I don't spend a lot of my time doing mechanical work, carpenter work or anything else not directly related to beekeeping. Beekeeping is the only thing that I am much good at so I hire folks that know what they are doing to do all that other stuff.
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    Default Re: What are some of your cost-saving methods?

    [QUOTE=Michael Palmer;858192]
    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    .... don't feed....QUOTE]

    How is a ban on feeding sugar in your apiary a cost-saving method?
    You asked so I will answer. Bees are insects that have survived as a species for millions of years without my help or yours. If they haven't collected enough stores for their survival do I want them? NO.

    Dollars and cents-if I don't feed it cost me nothing.

    If you want to label me as a bee-haver I am OK with that. If you feed your bees and I don't I think I have a better cost-saving method than you do. Do you pay your bees to work, I don't? It is like managing slaves. Isn't it how our for fathers did it? They acquired great wealth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim lyon View Post
    I don't spend a lot of my time doing mechanical work, carpenter work or anything else not directly related to beekeeping. Beekeeping is the only thing that I am much good at so I hire folks that know what they are doing to do all that other stuff.
    Well Jim you are talking about scale. If your father handed you a thriving business you can just keep the flywheel rolling pretty easy. If you had to start from scratch then you pretty much started as chief cook and bottle washer with a broom handle stuck up your butt to sweep the floors. Not to belittle your ability but money breads money. It is a lot harder when you come from the geto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    I fill barrels I store them in the other dry van trailer. When the van is filled with honey, I send the trailer to my packer for honey delivery.
    Can you explain what a dry van trailer is?
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    You missed his point I think. Basically, do what you do best and pay someone else to do the rest. It is not efficient for me to go to deisel mechanic school, buy all the necassery specialized tools and maintain a garage when I can pay someone else to do that, and better.
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    Default Re: What are some of your cost-saving methods?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    Can you explain what a dry van trailer is?
    It's not a tanker and it isn't an open deck trailer, it's a box trailer.
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    Default Re: What are some of your cost-saving methods?

    Please ignore this post. The question has been asked regarding Junniper bark.
    Last edited by Bubbles; 10-14-2012 at 06:44 PM. Reason: Deleted. Question already answered

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    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    You missed his point I think. Basically, do what you do best and pay someone else to do the rest.
    I think I understood that but you have to get yourself to a point where you have that luxury. Unless you were handed a going business, inheritance, or a wad of money the way you approach starting a business is different. Blood sweat and tears is the usual approach for someone starting from scratch.
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    Default Re: What are some of your cost-saving methods?

    And what has that to do w/ cost saving methods?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    Well Jim with a broom handle stuck up your butt to sweep the floors. Not to belittle your ability
    Really Ace...... your a classic ace truely one of a kind.
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    Default Re: What are some of your cost-saving methods?

    Keith, where would you be without cut and past? Your a business man? could of fooled me.
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    Default Re: What are some of your cost-saving methods?

    This was a nice and civil thread.
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    Default Re: What are some of your cost-saving methods?

    Not sure Bubbles... I don't count mites and only worry about them when I see them, which isn't that often. I know they are there, but frankly, bears are a bigger problem to me. Smoking with One Seed Juniper or Creosote is a local Mexico/New Mexico thing. It is taught to many of the new beekeepers here. They also teach most of us that the wild bees here are here because they have learned to adapt, and we should not worry about the mites so much. We definitely have true wild bees here for the most part and not escapees.

    I am not sure how accurate the count would be anyway as far as determining how effective it is. I use natural comb and some small cell, Mid-summer brood breaks, mostly feral bees, occasional juniper smoking, and no other real treatments. I have also observed my wild bees grooming mites off each other too. Could be a combination of all these factors. Or it could be that I start fresh nucs every year from splits and constantly cycle through my hives. Whatever it is, it seems to work for me.

    The mite drop test would not really tell how infected they were in my opinion. Don't really have time for it anyway. I would rather lose the weak hive to mites and breed from the strong one that is not affected. Haven't had it happen yet.

    I do have some first year domestic Italians down in the desert. Maybe If I have problems with them in the future I can eliminate some of these factors and narrow it down.

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    Default Re: What are some of your cost-saving methods?

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Jarrett View Post
    Really Ace...... your a classic ace truely one of a kind.
    This is Ace at his finest. I am going to file away this thread so in the future I can mine it for Ace "nuggets" when appropriate to toss back at him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    This is Ace at his finest. I am going to file away this thread so in the future I can mine it for Ace "nuggets" when appropriate to toss back at him.

    Adding tags helps.
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