Veni, vidi, Velcro. I came, I saw, I stuck around.
Regional one would be fine. But north/south I would find questionable????
Won't accomplish mating nucs for this year, but I got material for 200 started and acquired enough material for about 300 more.
I'm doing everything by myself, except when pulling honey. Making equipment, making splits, adding boxes when needed. Can't seem to find more than 24 hrs in a day or a 8 day week.
But the "it doesn't work unless it's under the handkerchief" - or "I'm just too busy to do that - maybe later" responses does lend a distinct aroma - even if one wants to believe. Just sayin'.
But it is well established that Tim does not care what anyone else thinks. So there we are.
You know, going from not rearing queens to running 500 mating nucs is a heckuva leap - right?
Queens and nucs already fund the equipment I need, plus some stuff I don't need!
And I assure you, they're not unobtainium, there are now several users of this website who have some of my bees, and I've had no complaints and have not even heard that any have been lost.
I'm not sure how the price is relevant, if you want shiny trinkets, you ought not expect scrap iron prices. I got numerous emails of the sort "will you have queens on such and such a date?" to which I consistently replied, "if you'd like to make a reservation, I will put you on the list." Never heard back. Now I am getting multiple emails of people asking for queens and all I can say is "they're all spoken for." Seems like y'all should already know that bees are hard to get this time of year. Every month I post about how short my season is. It's almost over now. So I don't see how this is my problem.
If only I could find some young enterprising person like Sam Comfort to come be attentive to the bees daily and live in a van and make queens for me for which I would pay that person a substantial cut of the sales. Otherwise, I have to do it myself and that makes the operation necessarily limited. So, if you want bees from me, follow the procedure. You can start now, the 2014 list is yet empty.
It seems to be hard to fine "Real TF" people.... I would think that a Parker Queen or an Ives Queen would fetch a premium price..... I bet you are underpriced.
Veni, vidi, Velcro. I came, I saw, I stuck around.
It's called a businees plan for a reason.
However, without the right profit margins, and of course, the right paperwork, it becomes difficult to make anything happen.
Perhaps you should examine a chemical free model like the one used by BeeWeaver.
Hint: it's in the South.
Have you looked at Mel's "on the spot" queen rearing methods?
You've got 75 colonies that aren't in towers. Why don't you sell uncapped virgins for a start?
That's 100 per body by the way. So, 7,500 X $20-35 + the usual express mail shipping and handling markup.
Tim, I'm interested in this idea of old queens not moving down in the spring, can you elaborate on this?
"The only beekeepers with good queens are beekeepers that are raising their own queens."
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hey deknow.. Einstein was a physicist, did he really quote that?
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The boss was a pretty tough old guy, I was a teenage kid. I'd often been the "gopher" when grafting was being done, running cells between starter hives etc. I'd seen plenty of grafting but not done it.
One day the boss says "Hey Al. You graft today". I'd never grafted but didn't want to admit it, so did what I'd seen others do and grafted away, while someone else was the gopher. Then, an anxious 24 hour wait to see what sort of take I got, and yes I was nervous the boss was slow to forgive bad performance.
Anyhow we open the starters, and Whoah! Very high take. . The boss said "pretty good Al", and from that time I did all the grafting.
Anybody wanting to try it, just go for it. The grafting is actually the easy part, the important part is plenty bees, plenty food.
Say the beeleepers name, especially if he's gone.
Superstiiciton you know.
Observation after a period of time. I see 3rd season queens being the most prolific year. Then brood frame counts drops from there. If I have a chance to mark a queen I will. I don't specifically use time to do so. Brood boxes are painted to correspond to queen colors. So i know which year that hive was created. Hives that swarm or supercede do not produce the average in honey production. If a hive is with in average the first round but not the second round but is above average on goldenrod. Then high probabilty it swarmed in late June..
Since all hives are set up the same going into winter. There's a fairly close average of what's going on in late winter. I use a stethoscope with end piece removed. I can tell by sound where the cluster is. Again there is a average of what's going on. Around Feb 20th prolific queens drop all the way down. This is where all the pollen is. Once the brood is capped. The cluster will move up to 2nd deep then the 3rd as they consumed the honey to make brood. Once fresh pollen comes in around March 11, then they'll start drone brood. Once drone brood starts emerging, they can start swarm cells. Which is why I start supering before that happens. Once the worker brood emerges and they start the nectar flow off crop 'weeds'. They get crowded real quick.
Older queens fails to drop down in what I call hyper-lay mode and is out of the average of activity. After seeing this a few years. I started taking away the bottom 2 deeps to cull out old frames. Once a new queen was created, then would add new deeps. Kinda like if it was a split.