Nice! There’s nothing quite like being out on the water on a good day.
This has been an extremely entertaining thread. Thank you 'scoobertdoo'! I hope you continue posting progress, following this thread is almost as addictive as beekeeping. Love reading all the great contributions. I follow and consider many of the commercial beekeepers here great. I am still on the fence about this thread being a hoax though. Time will tell, if scoobertdoo keeps up the posts.
If you want to get big quick. Buy out someone else operation and take the plunge. There is always someone getting out of the business and willing to sell to the right price.
See we are kindred spirits. I run 150-300 depending on my day job work load and contract requirements. I have been doing this for 10 years and glad I have a day job. Someday maybe it will be a retirement thing but, I need to have socked a couple mil from day work. "If you want to be a millionaire beekeeping start with 2"
My method is not to over manage them.
The place where I get nuks lost about 30% a few weeks ago when they fed all of their bees a sugar water laced with an additive. If mistakes can happen to a 30 year vet of this business, I can have losses too. I am sure I will.
I am going to keep my treatments to oxalic acid blasts.
After much reading on scientific beekeeping.com I have decided as soon as I see evidence of mites I will treat every 4 days for 26 days. No less than twice a year.
I am glad we don't have winter here. I was told we have issues in summer.
I see one of the issues with summer as being solved by doing my splits. I figure the less bees in the box during a heat wave, the better. Even the bees agree, as they all go outside when it gets hot
99% opinion 1% science.
Let us hope that mites continue to not be able to survive oxalic acid vaporizations. If they do, we will have to all start heating our hives....
I'm pulling for you, Scoobertdoo. Following this thread to watch your progress. (OK, it is entertaining, as well).
Love your color choice too. Whites and earth tones are sooo boring! My hives are all white and oops earthtones, but you've inspired me to shake things up. I'm going to look for brighter colors on sale.
Joshua Jaruk.jpg Seen today on a FB site I moderate. Not all is happy in Mudville.
One "commercial" trait Scoober picked up was tinting your hives a custom color, so they are easy to ID at a distance. Knowledge of queens, not so much.
10,000 pink hives, the women will just love you.
Good thing, it is in Florida.
I signed-out, this has been enough fun for this old-timer.
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Why didn't you post it here?? Splits have a tendency to abscond back to the parent hives under less than ideal conditions if left in the same yard. I'm betting it's pretty hot and humid in Florida now?
Not trying to troll you.
I am pointing out that beekeeping is a "Medieval" craft where experience and apprenticeship count more than "technical whiz-kidding". The lesson you have not yet learned is humility in the face of experience.