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  1. #1
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    Default Whats your goals for this coming year?

    Whats eveybodys goals for this coming year?
    I want 10 hives to make it throught winter all northen bees{mine }.
    I have 12 right now.
    Not to buy any bees my first year i wont have to buy bees thats a great feeling.
    Come this spring have a better SPM in place with keeping the brood nest open and checker boarding and i might even flip some brood boxes and see what works best. Then right after the flow i'm going to fog for varroa and a brood break {make nucs for fall} plus drone frames in every other hive and SBB after JUNE 1st . Then i'm going to see witch is the best hive and make queens plus when i do the brood breaks witch ever ones are doing well i'll let them requeen on the own .Buy fall i want 15 strong hives and 15 nuc {3 deep} full of honey and bees. Plus i'm going to make queens all year long just to play with . I made 5 this past year and it was pretty easy. So those are my goals this beeing my 4th year i bet i hit my goals for this going year.
    Say hello to the bad guy!
    year five==== 31 hives==== T{OAV}

  2. #2
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    Brasher Falls, NY, USA
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    My goals is to have more hives, do more pollination, and produce more honey.
    Last edited by sqkcrk; 01-24-2013 at 10:32 AM.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

  3. #3
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    Aug 2012
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    Freeland, MI, USA
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    Have my hives survive their first winter, if not, do not buy bees but catch a swarm instead
    Build a new hive and do a split in the spring
    Have the split raise their own queen
    Keep more organized inspection records
    Have a schedule for sugar shake/mite counts during the season

  4. #4
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    May 2012
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    Vermontville, Michigan
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    First I want to finish making it through my first winter, ideally with both hives alive.

    2) Get my TBH started, split my two surviving hives (fingers crossed), get my two new nucs established, and catch a swarm or two if I can. I'd like to go into winter with 8-10 strong, healthy hives.
    3) Get my issues with my homemade extractor ironed out so I don't end up doing crush and strain again this year.
    4) Get a nice honey crop.
    5) Have a ton of fun and learn a lot more about my girls.

  5. #5
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    San Mateo, CA
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    Catch one of Charlie's swarms by luring his swarm to fly over Golden Gate Park into my bait hive one mile away. I made the huge mistake of accepting his invitation to speak on swarm control at his bee club and he learned so much that his hives did not swarm. They will eventually and I will be victorious.

    Load up the neighborhood around 31st Ave. with a lot more bait hives to catch his swarms there. He was naive enough to give me the street name of his new site. Solly Cholly, u goin down. That neighborhood has so many swarms already it is a no lose proposition.

    Load up the area around Desmond's apiary so I can catch his new package bees when they swarm. Quit giving him advice on swarm control. Convince him to crowd his bees for comb honey production.
    Last edited by odfrank; 01-24-2013 at 11:01 AM.

  6. #6
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    Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    Olly and Charlie.

  7. #7
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    Issaquah,WA,USA
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    Get to 300 hives. Buy a swinger forklift.

    And what he said below.


    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    My goals is to have more hives, do more pollination, and produce more honey.

  8. #8
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    May 2012
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    Forest grove, Ore USA
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    Take my surviving hives (9 right now) out to 40 and produce 1000 lb of honey.

  9. #9
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    Kaysville, Utah, USA
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    1. Have my hive survive the winter
    2. Split them into the hive I put together during the off season
    3. Maybe capture a swarm
    4. Actually get surplus honey


    Item #1 is the crucial one....
    Don't provoke a hive full of angry bees.

  10. #10
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    Mar 2012
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    Ankeny, Iowa, USA
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    1. Expand from 3 hives to 10.
    2. Get better at finding the queens
    3. Spend more time with the bees
    4. Find more time to explain to all the curious people about my bees
    5. Have more fun
    6. Give away more honey

  11. #11
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    May 2011
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    Livermore, CA
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    Expand from 6 hives to 20 by splitting and catching a few swarms.
    Raise a few nucs to sell to pay for more stuff.
    Give queen rearing a whirl and maybe sell a few queens to locals......to pay for more stuff.
    Make more honey to sell to mead makers...........to pay for more stuff.
    These are some goals.......some may be achievable quite easily, others might be a little tight on time!!
    Coyote Creek Bees

  12. #12
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    Sep 2009
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    Tyrone, Pennsylvania,USA
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    My plan is to try my hand at raising some queens, either by Cloake board or Joseph Clemons starter/finisher methods. I would like to try both grafting and none grafting methods and see which one works best for me. I have hives that have never been treated for over 4 years so I will raise queens from the ones that survive the winter.

  13. #13
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    Oct 2012
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    South Jordan, Utah, USA
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    1. Try to maintain my last hive throughout the rest of this winter to complete my first year of beekeeping.
    2. Finish getting my bait hives readied (I have upwards of 40 now) and capture 10-15 swarms.
    3. Practice splits, combining hives, and work towards two good honey producing hives.
    4. Overwinter a couple 2 deep 10-frame hives and several nucs successfully for next season.

  14. #14
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    Aug 2011
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    KC, MO, USA
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    Catch more swarms.
    Make cut down splits.
    Harvest lots of honey.
    Make lots of mead.
    Drink lots of mead.

  15. #15
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    DuPage County, Illinois USA
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    For all the members that had their money taken by ********** and nothing delivered in return, to be reimbursed.
    Regards, Barry

  16. #16
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    Weeki Wachee, Florida,USA
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    My goal is to split the splits that I made from spliting the ones a chose to be splitter hives.

  17. #17
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    For all the members that had their money taken by ********** and nothing delivered in return, to be reimbursed.
    ???
    Say hello to the bad guy!
    year five==== 31 hives==== T{OAV}

  18. #18
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    Hartford, CT
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    Expansion !!!

  19. #19
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    Roanoke, VA
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    First year trying to capture swarms in bait hives, so I want to have at least one swarm caught. But I'm putting out over 20 bait hives, so I'm really hoping to get 5 or 6. Anything after that would be gravy.

  20. #20
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    Dec 2012
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    Pendleton County, Kentucky, USA
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    Default Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    I want to expand from 1 hive to 5 (already bought two more). I do not plan on purchasing bees, but plan to catch more wild swarms, which is how I got the bees I have currently.

    I also want to learn more about splitting and reproducing, because I really love the bees that I have now, that came from a wild swarm. They are extremely gentle and good honey producers.

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