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  1. #1
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    Default new personal best!

    Just finished extracting my 2 hives, and ended up with a 260.5# average for a total of 521#. This is by far the best year I've had in my 10 yrs of being a beek. I have our drought to thank for it though. it caused my neighboring alfalfa fields to head out early, and with the drought, the farmers left it in hopes it would grow after the first cutting, so it stayed in bloom most of the summer. If this becomes a normal year, i'll definately have to jump to a motorized extractor in the future. PP
    If your pulling a trigger, it really isn't bowhunting

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    Awesome!

    What is your signature line about? Are you one of those stick bow snobs!!!hehehe!

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    Got to agree with you on that one Matthew. He's diggin into dangerous territory with that statement.

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    Pumpkinpiper, good job on your honey season though, makes you wanna go out and get more hives dont it.

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    Default Re: new personal best!

    Holy crap! You are so lucky.

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    Judging by your screen name and the title, I thought you were talking about a giant pumpkin! That is however, a great harvest!

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    Cool Re: new personal best!

    Sounds like you need to run more hives there. Just think if you can do that avg. with 800 hives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Honey Householder View Post
    Sounds like you need to run more hives there. Just think if you can do that avg. with 800 hives.
    @$1.50 per pound that's over $312,000.00!!! You would probably have to buy a new truck or something though.
    Imagine how much more money you could keep of you didn't have to take care of them all winter!

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    @$1.50 I'll buy it all, and buy a new truck to haul it.

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    And here I was being proud of 30 lb/hive.

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    Mbeck, yes I admit I'm a stickbow shooter. Use a longbow for hunting, leagues, 3d shoots. in my hand, it's the ultimate weapon for me.
    As far as more hives...last summer I jumped in with a guy near me and ran 3000 hives. he was/is retiring, so wanted to see if it was for me. I found it tyo be extremely enjoyable and rewarding, BUT I aslo found it EXTREMELY physical work for one in their 50"s. Twenty years ago I'd have bought him out, but at my age I'll stick to being a school teacher. We did end up with over 200,000# though, majority of which was sold to Sioux Bee at if I remember right around 1.70/pound. PP
    If your pulling a trigger, it really isn't bowhunting

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    Goodness, if I could harvest 200 lb per hive, my neighbors would stop complaining that I sold out of my measly little crop in 2 hrs.

  13. #13
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    200,000/ 3000= 66.66 lb avg.x $1.70 a gross income of $113 a hive. WOW forget the new truck. I'll need everything to run again next year. $1.70 a lb how do you pay for GAS????

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    Wow! My bees seem willing to eat that much sugar....
    Don't provoke a hive full of angry bees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpiper View Post
    If this becomes a normal year, i'll definately have to jump to a motorized extractor in the future. PP
    Watch out for that calculator decimal points tend to drift when you start a business. Good for you on the harvest but don't make it part of your planning.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpiper View Post
    If your pulling a trigger, it really isn't bowhunting
    ... at my age I'll stick to being a school teacher.
    I am assuming you are not an English teacher. The proper grammar is "you're", not "your".

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    Congrats on your harvest!
    Sorry about "your" grammar issues.
    Greg Barnett
    7a

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    Quote Originally Posted by mulesii View Post
    I am assuming you are not an English teacher. The proper grammar is "you're", not "your".
    Haters gonna hate!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mbeck View Post
    Haters gonna hate!!!
    I think you mean haters are going to hate.

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