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  1. #21
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    Sep 2010
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    Cartersville, Gerogia, USA
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    Default Re: I would like to be a Commercial Beekeeper

    My first time into the bee business I bought in with loans and when a bump in the road come I could not make the payments. This time I am pay as I go. So first I would say, stay out of debt. What a great resource to have your boys. I had two teenage sons helping me back then. It was hard work but we had fun, also after working in the bee yard or extracting honey all day they did not play on the computer much, they just wanted to get to sleep. I know a beekeeper with 4 teenage sons. He was migratory operating without a forklift or large truck. I went with them to move bees one night, well, I was in the way, each son and dad had a hand truck, they were all racing each other loading the gooseneck trailer up a ramp and double staking the hives. It was no time and there were 150 double story hives loaded!

    I like Jim Lyon’s idea; all beekeeping is local so emulate a successful local beekeeper. And loggermike; by the time they are gone you will have your trucks and forklifts.

  2. #22
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    Jul 2000
    Location
    NE Calif.
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    Default Re: I would like to be a Commercial Beekeeper

    Yes a lot of hand labor can make up for a lack of moving equipment. Though if I had to do it over again I would have got a forklift earlier on.You will use it every day , loading all kinds of stuff, not just moving bees.

    And I would have jumped in full time sooner, rather than carrying on a sideline.But with a large family to raise, and low honey and pollination prices for many years, it seemed impossible. You can only grow your business as fast as funds are available.

  3. #23
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    Sep 2013
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
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    Default Re: I would like to be a Commercial Beekeeper

    Ya thanks for the support

  4. #24
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    Jul 2000
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    Default Re: I would like to be a Commercial Beekeeper

    ??

  5. #25
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Brasher Falls, NY, USA
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    Default Re: I would like to be a Commercial Beekeeper

    You're welcome. I agree w/ loggermike. There have been a lot of tough descisions made these last 20 years.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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