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Forum: Commercial Beekeeping

Beekeeping from a commercial point of view. Focus is on income production and cost/time efficiencies, pros/cons of certain practices, and other subjects more of concern to those making their primary income from bees.

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Bulk honey prices and market outlook

    Started by irwin harlton, 11-07-2008 08:33 AM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Pollination prices

    Started by Bens-Bees, 12-03-2009 08:45 PM
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Forum rules revisited

    Started by JohnK and Sheri, 08-18-2010 11:32 AM
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  1. Treatment Free Commercial Beekeepers?

    Started by StevenG, 03-07-2013 09:29 AM
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  2. I would like to be a commercial beek

    Started by GuyDurden, 07-08-2013 06:54 PM
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  3. Oxalic, Glycerin, Shop Towels - a promising stopgap flyswatter

    Started by Ian, 01-11-2017 07:56 AM
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  4. Poll Poll: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    Started by Ian, 10-05-2014 07:42 PM
    21 Pages
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  5. sqkcrk goes south for Winter 2015-16

    Started by sqkcrk, 10-28-2015 08:25 PM
    17 Pages
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  6. 2012 Dieback Already?

    Started by sqkcrk, 11-10-2012 07:40 AM
    17 Pages
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    • Replies: 327
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    01-06-2013, 02:02 PM Go to last post
  7. Super DFM - Honeybees

    Started by Ian, 12-12-2014 07:42 AM
    16 Pages
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  8. Poster Child

    Started by Ian, 01-23-2016 07:44 AM
    15 Pages
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  9. Protein Patty recipe

    Started by Ian, 11-01-2015 09:47 PM
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  10. Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    Started by Chip Euliss, 07-01-2015 08:06 AM
    12 Pages
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  11. VM Vaporizer

    Started by Ian, 10-16-2016 07:49 PM
    12 Pages
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    12-29-2016, 04:18 PM Go to last post
  12. People actually make a living with honey production??

    Started by jwhiteker, 11-05-2014 12:05 PM
    12 Pages
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  13. Dan Rather report on bee shortage in Calif almonds

    Started by Keith Jarrett, 04-06-2013 12:51 PM
    11 Pages
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    • Replies: 216
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  14. Meeting Bee Nutritional Requirements

    Started by BEES4U, 08-13-2009 10:24 PM
    11 Pages
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    bee nutrition, feeding bees, pollen patties, pollen supplements
    • Replies: 211
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  15. My first two hives of 10,000 have been ordered :)

    Started by scoobertdoo, 03-31-2018 06:34 AM
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  16. Southbound 2012

    Started by sqkcrk, 11-21-2012 01:37 PM
    10 Pages
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  17. survivor stock commercial option?

    Started by kiwiBee, 05-02-2010 05:58 AM
    9 Pages
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  18. Indoor wintering

    Started by Ian, 12-11-2013 01:20 PM
    9 Pages
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  19. Honey House

    Started by Ben Little, 07-16-2013 09:59 AM
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  20. Running two queen colonies

    Started by matt1954, 01-03-2015 08:43 AM
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  21. Is almond pollination adversely affecting queen genetics?

    Started by grumpybeeman, 02-01-2014 05:32 AM
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  22. Purina Hearty Bee Thoughts

    Started by Armstrong and Family, 12-12-2017 08:00 AM
    9 Pages
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  23. The current price of sugar.

    Started by BEES4U, 06-15-2009 07:18 PM
    8 Pages
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  24. Nosema spore counts this fall

    Started by Ian, 10-03-2014 07:08 AM
    8 Pages
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    • Replies: 157
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  25. Feeding Sub Response

    Started by JSL, 12-18-2014 08:35 AM
    8 Pages
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    • Replies: 148
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  26. Big Grin How do you get 180-200 lbs of honey per hive??

    Started by Mrmizilplix, 08-16-2010 06:33 PM
    8 Pages
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  27. Bobcat with forklift mast, or without, vs Hummerbee!!!!!!!!

    Started by BoTBees, 02-29-2012 06:11 PM
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  28. bees shortage in almonds

    Started by suttonbeeman, 12-06-2009 08:48 AM
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  29. Pattie supplements

    Started by Ian, 01-06-2015 01:41 PM
    7 Pages
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  30. U.S./Canadian honeybee open border issues

    Started by Ian, 04-12-2014 07:53 AM
    7 Pages
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  31. beekeeper pay scale?

    Started by csalt09, 05-05-2014 09:23 PM
    7 Pages
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  32. Beekeeping Business Planning - Can you make money in this business?

    Started by kallen1320, 09-08-2011 08:50 PM
    7 Pages
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    • Replies: 123
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  33. Typical brokerage fee?

    Started by westernbeekeeper, 11-26-2013 03:43 PM
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  34. The Last Beekeeper

    Started by chevydmax04, 09-12-2009 06:58 PM
    6 Pages
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  35. worst winter ever?

    Started by camero7, 03-02-2013 02:13 PM
    6 Pages
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  36. Lots of bees in Cali????

    Started by simplyhoney, 01-13-2009 07:23 AM
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  37. Cheap Chinese Honey and the threat to U.S. Beekeepers

    Started by DigitalBishop, 03-03-2010 03:10 PM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 112
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  38. Pollination of soybeans

    Started by WLC, 12-22-2013 03:27 PM
    6 Pages
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    bushels, key bee
    • Replies: 110
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  39. The Last Beekeeper

    Started by Barry, 12-08-2009 11:26 AM
    6 Pages
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  40. Youngster trying to make a go

    Started by Beekkirk, 11-11-2015 05:00 AM
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  41. $1.75 Honey

    Started by sqkcrk, 09-15-2008 04:55 PM
    6 Pages
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  42. Flatbed Build Ideas

    Started by Sadler91, 11-12-2014 08:00 PM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 104
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  43. Ezy-Loader management

    Started by wglord, 01-12-2011 01:27 PM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 103
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    11-02-2017, 10:17 PM Go to last post
  44. Time to get nervous # 2

    Started by Honey-4-All, 12-30-2013 09:44 AM
    6 Pages
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  45. Configuration of almond bee boxes

    Started by Duncan MacLeod, 10-20-2014 09:37 AM
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  46. 2017 almond season

    Started by Ian, 02-11-2017 08:05 AM
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  47. Sad The do nots in beekeeping

    Started by The Honey Householder, 02-27-2010 05:32 AM
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  48. Sideliner Profitability Study

    Started by Specialkayme, 12-11-2014 03:28 PM
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  49. Pollen sub & what's really in it

    Started by Keith Jarrett, 09-19-2008 08:59 AM
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  50. Help needed with Dept. of Transpotation Requirments?

    Started by VA_Beekeeper, 01-07-2016 09:20 PM
    5 Pages
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    commercial truck, federal requirements, transporting bees
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    01-13-2016, 03:01 PM Go to last post
  51. Over wintering hives

    Started by Keith Jarrett, 12-24-2014 11:19 AM
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    • Replies: 92
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  52. BMPs for Commercial Beekeepers

    Started by sqkcrk, 09-18-2015 08:25 PM
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    • Replies: 91
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  53. 1000 hives, how many acres?

    Started by CamWhite, 02-22-2010 11:29 AM
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  54. Is their a new way to treat mites?

    Started by Cabeekeeper, 04-04-2013 08:49 PM
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  55. Commercial and Sideline only- Why do you stay in the bees?

    Started by Kingfisher Apiaries, 01-06-2011 09:54 PM
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  56. SueBee pros/cons?

    Started by Woodside, 08-24-2010 03:29 PM
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  57. Pumps for Sugar Syrup

    Started by Chef Isaac, 04-16-2009 05:23 PM
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  58. What is Nosema and how can we control it?

    Started by Ian, 02-13-2015 08:27 AM
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    01-14-2014, 12:06 PM Go to last post
  59. Can you make a living with Bees

    Started by Brooklyn, 12-30-2009 05:14 PM
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    • Replies: 86
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  60. Time to Get Serious About a Business

    Started by cheryl1, 11-18-2015 08:08 AM
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    • Replies: 85
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  61. Canadian wnter losses

    Started by jean-marc, 02-18-2017 10:11 PM
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    • Replies: 85
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  62. Paramount Farms buying out beekeepers?

    Started by babybee, 07-15-2014 07:50 PM
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    • Replies: 85
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    09-13-2014, 05:44 PM Go to last post
  63. uncapping for 100 hives

    Started by AstroBee, 06-28-2014 07:54 AM
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  64. Question PH levels in hive?

    Started by LSPender, 03-08-2009 08:43 PM
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    • Replies: 84
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  65. "You know you are a real beekeeper when..."

    Started by Allen Dick, 02-25-2010 08:49 AM
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    • Replies: 84
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    03-15-2010, 04:03 PM Go to last post
  66. Bees ripped off?

    Started by Steelton Bee Man, 03-12-2009 01:31 PM
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    • Replies: 83
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    04-04-2009, 07:18 AM Go to last post
  67. Honeybee Healthy

    Started by Chef Isaac, 04-09-2009 09:34 AM
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    • Replies: 83
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    04-12-2011, 08:50 AM Go to last post
  68. Migratory lids

    Started by Father & Sons Apiary, 11-27-2013 04:17 PM
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  69. Inspiration to keep going

    Started by CWoods, 04-07-2014 07:48 AM
    5 Pages
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    commercial beekeeping, income, production
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  70. Have a Few Questions About Commercial Beekeeping

    Started by WA Bees, 05-19-2016 10:52 PM
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  71. How many colonies to be considered commercial?

    Started by BMAC, 04-19-2011 07:32 AM
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  72. Thumbs down Prices of Queen

    Started by The Honey Householder, 05-01-2009 08:47 PM
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    05-16-2009, 11:17 PM Go to last post
  73. Growth on limited budget/ waiting on financing

    Started by JoshW, 10-25-2013 08:47 AM
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    • Replies: 80
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