I do not have an answer for you but I will maybe see you there LOL I am picking one up also that day. On another note my coffee comes from spicewood LOL Cuvee Coffee.
I will watch his video, Mike. Thanks.I would suggest watching Michael Palmer 's talk about sustainable beekeeping with nukes. They drive his business. They support his production hives in several ways and they are a product that is marketable. So I went with deep hive bodies for the production of nukes. I am foundation less for the most part and will be all when they draw out the combs and I can remove every other one of the foundation. I have them checker boarded.
For me the ability to use nukes to drive my farm's production and pay for it outweighs the difference in picking up 20 more pounds per box.
Good point. Maybe I'll just leave them as-is, maybe transitioning to foundationless only.Suggestion. ...why don't you keep them the way they are the first year. ... You only start off one time, why not enjoy the ride.
Of course! *slaps forehead*Just adopt the view that deeps are to be removed anytime they don't have brood in them and there is a flow. ...
If you want simple and straightforward, then do a cutout. Cut all the combs of brood and bee bread out and rubber band into medium frames and harvest all the honey.
I didn't think either of those things, Mike. Not at all. I asked for advice and you're giving it to me. I greatly appreciate it. Really.I did not mean to get you to beat your self up. Or for me to beat up on you either.
Me, too. In all my experience of livestock husbandry, the thing that stands out the most is leave them the heck alone. Quit monkeying around with things. They know best usually. I never kept a horse in a stall, a pig in a tiny little sty with farrowing crates, or chickens indoors all the time. In my experience, there are more problems when you do that.I realy like Michael Bush's outlook on life and beekeeping.
Seriously not a problem. Made me think on it a bit and that's why I'm here asking questions - so I'll think about all these things. It's good to know you think the 8-frame may be better for the bees production. Another check on the Plus side.I do like the weight reduction factor. I also think the 8 frame may be better for the bees production. He has done enought of it to know what he is doing. Me, I was just trying to explain what I saw as the bump in the road.
I've be keeping that in mind, too. That's part of my difficulty in deciding on ordering equipment - I want to have enough on hand, but would rather buy ten 8-frame boxes than twice that if I have to buy both 10-frame and 8-frame. They'll all be here at home (I have fifty acres, so plenty of room for those aforementioned max-of-twenty hives), so I can keep a close eye on them and add boxes often if need be.Today I added a 2 nd deep to a split. 3 weeks for them to fill it out, ... The speed they can fill out a box, with an 8 frame medium might sneak up on you.
Sweet! I like lawyer money! I hope I end up being good at raising bees. And I definitely know to price them accordingly. If it costs me extra to make medium nucs, then I'll have to sell them for a bit more. I don't think that will be a problem. I would have gladly paid more for one since I would have been able to avoid the trouble that started this thread.Your marketing plan should be what drives your production. The selling price of the product should give you return on investment be it your time or materials. ... That is lawyer money.
Thanks! That blog started as a personal garden record and has grown into a learning site with some how-tos to help in my job, to show the visual learners (I'm a horticulturist at a local garden center, solving customers' problems and teaching others how to get started gardening). I know there will be lots of beekeeping posts eventually.I looked at your website. Nice Job. Keep up the good work.
Well, THAT'S sure good to know! VERY good to know.I think there is a serious shortage of people producing medium nucs. It may limit your market to have only medium nucs, but I doubt it. I think you can sell all you can produce.
That's something I was thinking about just today aamof, Sterling! Get off my wavelength, man. Thanks for the info. I'm still leaning towards just all medium euipment, probably 8-frame, from the get go. But haven't ruled out keeping one hive in a deep or two.I agree there is a shortage of medium nucs. But it would not be any trouble to have both deep nucs and med nucs if you wanted to sell both. Just run deep bottom boxes and mediums from there up. ... Just something to think about.