Ill try to keep it simple
-20 yr old from Connecticut
-Work with my father landscaping, cutting grass and blowing leaves
-Im trying to get away from small business, sick of the people and nitty gritty management
-Been keeping bees 4 years (first 2 years were those "2 hive" setup deals that failed was too young and dumb) so lets really call it 2 years experience
-2014 started with 2 hives split up to 8 hives
-2015 started with 5 hives split up to 25, a couple are VERY small nucs that never jump up to size
-2016 looks like ill probably start with 15-18 after my winter losses.
-I have a 10 hive apple pollination contract for 2016 at $80 ea.
-Been mentored for the past 2 years every sunday by a local commercial beek
-Have plenty of heavy equipment and trucks to use whenever i want.
-looking to go big, large pollination gigs and bulk honey
Im planning on purchasing 250 deeps, frames and foundation from mann lake on black friday and driving down to pa and picking up @ $9.35 each box, $0.75/frame, $1.05/foundation + 10% off
Im going to make 4 way pallets.
I should have enough equipment for 140 hives
I will have a trailer with a 250 gal. tank with pump for syrup
Im thinking of running 2 gallon divider feeders in my hives @$5.65 ea....good or bad? Should i just open feed more insted of divider feeders.
How do i go about getting more pollination contracts?
Should i buy through mann lake?
Should i buy some packages next year to bump up my numbers quick or just keep splitting?
Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated