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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    I worked a couple of years as a state bee inspector. you see the best and worst and should be able to sort things out. next best is to work 1-2 yrs for a good commercial beekeeper. to start on your own reduces your chance of survival. working 2-3 hundred with a full time job may tell ya if you have the drive to make it. good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey-4-All View Post
    IMO the dairy business sucks worse than bees. Its more stable but at least we get a day off every now and then. Those poor souls can't even look at a vacation planner...
    As a teenager fresh off of the farm it didn't take me long to realize that the money in dairy farming was in relief milking. I made a killing a few summers in a row going in and milking cows so the farm family can go on vacation... When your are 16-17 years old 1500 bucks a week is good money... That was almost 20 years ago, so I expect it even pays better now. It was seasonal however.
    Always question Conventional Wisdom.

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    Default Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    Quote Originally Posted by beeware10 View Post
    next best is to work 1-2 yrs for a good commercial beekeeper.
    Anyone want a job?

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    Default Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    Quote Originally Posted by beeware10 View Post
    working 2-3 hundred with a full time job may tell ya if you have the drive to make it. good luck

    ditto, have be able to keep them alive. lots of hours involved. As when you work for someone it's not going to be a nice 40 hours a week... typical hours are sun up to sun down 6 days a week when starting out in a situation like this

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    Cool Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    Square.
    My family has been in the business since 1976. Last year we had a $20 mistake that turned into $15K mistake (DAD's fault)
    If you can take a $15k hit and still laugh about it you can be a comm.BK. Just part of the lifestyle.

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    Default Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    The fortitude to bounce back from those $20 mistakes is half the battle in this gig. About 20 years back a neighbor of mine had someone in his crew mix ant poison in the TM buckets instead of putting in TM right before or in the almonds. ( so the story goes) Dead bees in the almonds is not something a grower wants. Worse than empty boxes.

    Since then they have been through what I would say is a heck of a lot worse with the CCD issues and keep coming back doing whatever it takes. One of the better run outfits and bees that I've know. The son of that gentleman posts here occasionally. Kudos to your family UTTV!!!!!!!!

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    Default Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    Quote Originally Posted by squareandcompasses View Post
    Takes a special kind of gal to be a beekeeper's wife
    IT DOES...see my profile picture! <3
    Last edited by westernbeekeeper; 02-22-2014 at 08:24 AM.

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    To Ben and company::::::

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    Default Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    Thank you sir!

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    Did you go and tie the knot there Ben and didn't invite any of us!?
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Did you...tie the knot...?
    Not yet...will soon enough! How many wanna be there? *wink* Wedding will be in Wisconsin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chanticleer48 View Post
    I am new beekeeper and I enjoy it very much, I find myself trying to figure out a way to make a living at it.....I was considering the commercial aspect of beekeeping, specifically pollination. I was hoping some of you commercial pollinators could enlightened me as what to expect. I was thinking of a 500 to 1000 hive apiary, what are some of the challenges and expenses? I know CCD, verroa, nosema, traveling stress on the bees, receiving payment, and the rest of the usual suspects will be problematic, but what are some of the other problems that yall have encounter as commercial beekeepers? If you had to do it over, would you choose to be a commercial beekeeper once again? Would you encourage or discourage me to become a commercial beekeeper?
    Have you considered being a sideliner beekeeper for a while first?
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    Quote Originally Posted by westernbeekeeper View Post
    Not yet...will soon enough! How many wanna be there? *wink* Wedding will be in Wisconsin.
    When you have the details, let us know and I'll see if it's possible.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Have you considered being a sideliner beekeeper for a while first?
    Good advice here. You may find that one you get to a point where you have to do it, you do not enjoy it so much.
    Always question Conventional Wisdom.

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    If it is what chanticleer is drawn to do a way will be found. Sacrifices will be made. If it is a calling, follow your passion. But, it could just be a romantic notion. Only chanticleer can figure that out.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    Right on, Mark

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    Default Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    Quote Originally Posted by westernbeekeeper View Post
    Not yet...will soon enough! How many wanna be there? *wink* Wedding will be in Wisconsin.
    A day out in the bee yards for a Bach party??! Bees and beer!!

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    Default Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    Ben, have you checked to see if Dadant or Mann Lake has a registry for your pretty bride

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    Default Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    Now that's a thoughtful beekeeper for sure. Ho, ho, ho. Great idea D.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    Regarding Ben and the new Frau ............ Sorry to be contrariwise but if we really want her to be prepared I can vouch that more bee equipment is NOT what she needs. Not at all...

    How about.
    1. A nose plug for when Ben comes in the house smelling worse than a hog farmer from all the BEE-Go he spilled on himself.
    2. A scraper to clean the house of all those bits of Wax that track in on his shoes especially if its "clean up deadouts" week.
    3. A two way ticket for a 3 day respite going from Cheyenne to Wisconsin so she can regain her sanity after trying to live with a guy who is never there to help change diapers.
    4. An Epipen kit so she has something to save either her husband , herself, a neighbor kid, or the dog across the street.
    5. A tanker load of liquid soap so she can get the grime out of Bens beesuits as well as the propolis that's stuck on his "Sunday go to meeting" favorite shirt's collar!
    6. $1000 for a family therapy session where she gets to voraciously chide the in laws for even letting Ben ever get past the letter A when learning his Alphabet...that or a certificate for some online course that gets JR to skip over the letter "B" when its time to teach the next generation about possible occupations or vocations.
    7. To be continued......

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