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    Re: Drone Congregation Area Saturation

    Both. The drone colonies had a tendency of collapsing much easier, and mite counts in all neighboring colonies had a tendency of increasing proportionately. I never let the drone colonies completely...
  2. Re: Beekeeping as a business. lets talk business..

    They never would have anyway. Look up your state's exemption laws. Assuming you live in Florida, you have very liberal exemption laws, especially as it relates to your homestead (unlimited homestead...
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    Re: Drone Congregation Area Saturation

    Your mileage may vary, but here's what I found: "saturating" my area with available drones did little to progress my breeding efforts.

    Many commercial queen producers need to saturate their DCAs...
  4. Re: Beekeeping as a business. lets talk business..

    I hate to be that guy, but I disagree with almost everything you said.


    I wouldn't do that if I were you. Diversify your income stream. Sell honey and nucs. Don't pigeon hole yourself into one...
  5. Re: Beekeeping as a business. lets talk business..

    Call a few insurance agents (other than your homeowner's insurance agent) and ask to talk. Open ABJ or BC and you'll find 2 or 3 companies that specialize in bee insurance. Go visit a Farm Bureau...
  6. Re: Beekeeping as a business. lets talk business..

    Keep looking around, but few people insure bee operations. I know of 3 companies that regularly do it, and their coverage limits and prices are all comparable. But I'm not sure you get much actual...
  7. Most of my bulk sales were done 60 lbs at a time...

    Most of my bulk sales were done 60 lbs at a time (5 gallon bucket). I've sold some to meadmakers, some to other beekeepers, some to some store owners, but most was sold to people that repackage it...
  8. Re: Beekeeping as a business. lets talk business..

    I'd be careful following this advice, if you've summarized it correctly. You can expense the woodenware costs just as well as a d/b/a as you can as an LLC/Inc. Plus, there is no difference between...
  9. Re: Beekeeping as a business. lets talk business..

    Generally I don't disagree with anything you mentioned. But I do think the decision goes a little further than those somewhat simple factors. The biggest being tax advantages to incorporating, namely...
  10. Re: Beekeeping as a business. lets talk business..

    Pete - Please don't take this the wrong way, but you're kinda all over the place in your OP. You can really sum it up by saying "Beekeeping as a business?" and waiting to see what responses come...
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    Re: What is your allual Honey production?

    What value would the statistics be if it DIDN'T come primarily from commercial beeks? They own the vast majority of the hives in most states. They should be reporting the vast majority of the numbers...
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    Re: What is your allual Honey production?

    NC state average according to the usda is about 35 lbs (give or take a pound or two per year). Everyone I talk to on Beesource says "any beekeeper worth his salt will beat USDA averages" or "I've...
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    Re: Broodminder Scale

    I got one in December of '17. I haven't noticed much issue with weight fluctuation with temp. But bluetooth connectivity is an issue. Sometimes I go out to the yard and my phone just won't find the...
  14. Re: Business ethics question. Am I in the wrong?

    A) You did nothing wrong. Don't sweat it.

    B) I wouldn't be so dismissive of an exclusivity agreement if I were you. Yes, it comes with some risks, but it also comes with some advantages.

    If...
  15. Re: 2019 Lusby conference cancelled, no signups.

    I'm glad you got something out of it.
  16. Re: 2019 Lusby conference cancelled, no signups.

    Sadly, I fell into this category as well.

    I went treatment free from 2005 to 2011. Natural comb and utilized the techniques of most of the advocates of TF systems back then (Dee being one,...
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    Re: First Year Plan

    MB still loses hives to Varroa. Just not all of them every year.
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    Re: Hello From Raeford, North Carolina!

    Welcome to the site! A ton of information to take in at once . . . my best suggestion is to take it in sections, lol.

    You'll notice that this forum, unlike many other forums, doesn't attack people...
  19. Re: Hive prepping to swarm - please tell me if my plan sounds solid!

    Practice on drones. Just use next year's color.
  20. Re: Hive prepping to swarm - please tell me if my plan sounds solid!

    OMG Nancy. I'm not talking about the same thing as you. Please read what I'm writing.



    And yet the ovary development, as proven through dissections, shows otherwise.



    No. It doesn't.
  21. Re: Hive prepping to swarm - please tell me if my plan sounds solid!

    You didn't understand what I was saying.

    If you give the bottom box one frame of older larvae, and put the queen in the top box with the remaining larvae and queen cells, the top box will...
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    Re: Varroa Gate

    The miticide in the Varroa gate doesn't need to come in contact with every bee in the hive. If it comes into contact with foragers, who then come into contact with receiver bees, and so on, in theory...
  23. Re: Hive prepping to swarm - please tell me if my plan sounds solid!

    Actually the double screen board may make a new colony, but doesn't have to.

    When you normally would move the queen from the top section to the bottom section, you could just confirm that neither...
  24. Re: Hive prepping to swarm - please tell me if my plan sounds solid!

    Are you part of a club, or do you know anyone locally that you could borrow a deep box from?

    If not, do you have any spare mediums? I've done a modified system using mediums before, although it...
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    Re: Early summer harvest - suggestions?

    My area has a very similar bloom structure, and that's what I do.

    Our honey flow (Tulip Poplar/Blackberry) usually runs 4/15 to 5/15 or 5/30 (depending on the year). No more surplus for the year....
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