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  1. #1
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    Default natural beekeeping business

    hi i'am bill
    my friend and i have started a bee business
    we have set up my friends apiary just over 2 years ago and now we are setting up my apiary .
    we will have around 100 each to start .(not all in the same place )
    we have farmers that have our hive on there orchards and so on .
    i am a member of some other forum and they are not happy that we use warre hive in our business .
    they say we can not use warre hives in business they are not for business .
    well i say we use them as they are good for our bees and that is what we want .
    natural way of working with bees .
    we know we can get more honey from commercial or langstroth hives but we want to move away from hives like that .
    we build all our hive from wood i get free form a friend that get all there goods in big wooden boxes so i make them in warre hives .
    so what do you the people of this forum think are we mad ?
    do you think this will be bad for our bees .
    we know we are not going to get rich working with just warre hive but as long as we can make some money we are happy .
    i can not see why some people say it will not work we made some good money from the hives we have at the apiary my friends runs last year .
    we have not lost any hives this winter so we are off to a great start .
    we are moving all our stock from langstroth and commercial hives in to warre hive .
    we are moving the last into warres and put them on my site .
    please tell me what you think of this .
    my friend has worked with bees for years over 20 and i only 2 years working with my friend i know i still have a long way to go before i'am a beekeeper but i will get there with help from my friend .
    it all takes time read and do that is the way i'am doing it and it is working for me .
    thankyou for your time
    all the best
    BILL

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    Default Re: natrual beekeeping business

    Good luck. Never be afraid to try something different if it is based on what you consider to be real "bee"observation. Don't try it with more than you are prepared to lose. Be prepared for others to tell you how dumb you are. Ask for their advice in return. Never be afraid to learn something from someone who thinks your wrong. Never be afraid to be wrong. Many new things are learned that way.

    Good Luck.
    Old Guy in Alabama

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    Default Re: natrual beekeeping business

    I learned a long time ago to go my own way and do my own thing. That way, WHATEVER happens, I know the only person to blame is me. The only serious regrets I have ever had happened when I listened to somebody else instead of my own gut.

    Good luck and GO FOR IT!!!



    Rusty

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    Default Re: natrual beekeeping business

    The grammar police are out in full force. I rather like the fact that he corrected the misspelling but did not offer any help regarding the question. If all you can offer to a conversation is your negativity then you most likely do not need to respond at all.
    I have seen the Warre hives and have mixed feeling about them. My first is the materials used at the top of the hive could attract SHB. I seem to have a problem in TN with the SHB but manage it well naturally. I do not use any antibiotic or medications in any of my hives. I have 2 langs, 1 nuc and a TBH.
    This is my first year with a TBH and I am a bit apprehensive about losing comb when the weather turns warmer. I say do what you are the most comfortable with and what your bees seem happy with.
    I have people in my bee club that seemed downright angry that I got as TBH but I wanted to try a bit of everything. If the Warre hive works for you and your bees then I say use them. I may even set up a Warre hive next year because I want to experience all aspect of keeping bees, not just the comfortable ones.
    Good luck on your endeavors!

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    Default Re: natrual beekeeping business

    Quote Originally Posted by nativewillow View Post
    The grammar police are out in full force. I rather like the fact that he corrected the misspelling but did not offer any help regarding the question. If all you can offer to a conversation is your negativity then you most likely do not need to respond at all.
    There are quite a few members of the "Grammar Police" roaming this forum. Do not consider it a "Negativity", think of it more as an attempt to enhance or clarify the correspondence's message.
    “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.” - The Quran

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    Default Re: natrual beekeeping business

    >so what do you the people of this forum think are we mad ?

    No.

    >do you think this will be bad for our bees .

    No. Bees don't care what kind of box they are in. But they would be easier to manage and still have natural comb in a Langstroth with foundationless frames. Or, assuming you are in the UK, maybe with a British Standard with foundationless frames...

    >we know we are not going to get rich working with just warre hive but as long as we can make some money we are happy .

    Then be happy.

    >i can not see why some people say it will not work we made some good money from the hives we have at the apiary my friends runs last year .

    If doing Warre' hives is saving you costs on the hives, you may actually come out ahead on that...

    >we have not lost any hives this winter so we are off to a great start .


    Yes, you are.

    >we are moving all our stock from langstroth and commercial hives in to warre hive .

    If you already have Langstroth equipment, why not just go to foundationless and use the equipment?

    >we are moving the last into warres and put them on my site .
    please tell me what you think of this .

    I think it would cost less money and work to just move to foundationless on the Langstroth equipment, but there is nothing wrong with using a Warre.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: natrual beekeeping business

    Maybe I missed it, but how many warre hives are you two currently running? You said that your friend turned a profit running 100 hives last year. How many were warre and how many were langs? I think it's important to know that first. If your friend turned a profit running 100 warre hives then why not expand that? If your friend turned a profit running all langs and you want to switch to warre then that is a risk.
    Not Michael Bush. My name is Dan. Sorry for the confusion.

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    Default Re: natrual beekeeping business

    Quote Originally Posted by hpm08161947 View Post
    There are quite a few members of the "Grammar Police" roaming this forum. Do not consider it a "Negativity", think of it more as an attempt to enhance or clarify the correspondence's message.
    Hardly, its a know it all attitude.... if the spelling concerned an actual issue maybe, but most of them on here and other sites are just incapable of sitting quietly...



    As for Warre and commercial, heck thats up to you!... you can run what you like! I see a ton of problems, but then again, you probably see issues with Langs!... so go for it!

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