You may be, but don't let that discourage you. Go ahead. Learn all that you can by doing and asking questions and reading and asking questions and making mistakes. Failure can be a good teacher, if you learn and make adjustments. I usually have to make the same mistake a cpl of times before I learn.Is doing this the second year a good idea, or are we still too naive and inexperienced?
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!00% agreed there. At the first of the year, my goal was to have 10. Blew right past it. So I said, ok, I'll just stop at 20 instead. Nope. 25? Nope. Ok, 30, but I will sell 5 to drop back down to 25. Uh-huh. When I was in my 40's I sold 2 and felt like i was getting rid of one of my kids! My wife still bugs me with "What happened to only 10?!" These lil buggers are like Pokemon "Gotta catch em all!"
Your wife doesn't sell honey, does she?A lady asked my wife what her new year goal was and my wife said to break 1 million in sales. The lady in turn said well, whats the worst case scenario? My wife responded $850,000.
So ,you don't get queens or packages from down south or CA? And don't ever plan to again? Yes, they feed on the brood and don't have mouth parts that allow feeding on adult bees. I migrate south and alot of the commercial beekeepers in NY do. Very few stay put through the winter. So, I guess I may have to change that or go into politics.My understanding is that this mite can only survive where the bees produce brood year round. Can't survive a broodless period. If that's correct the introduction of that mite will change beekeeping in the US but those of us in the north should be able to survive. I agree about closing the borders.