To all: That round was 700 deeps (only 200 of which were mine...sharing the shop with a larger beek). There was another 400 or so nucs too. All of this was in preparation for selling bees (nucs and full hives) which is happening as we speak. I've also been putting together two mating yards for queen production and have worked out heath certifs and shipping so I should be able to start shipping mated queens at some point this summer. We already ship nucs (no packages as of now) to all but 2 of the contiguous 48.
I'm really excited about my queen program :) I've taken the best of the best from my myriad of feral removals to set these yards up and plan to monitor the queens with a harsh eye before selling anything!
I'm still a year or two away from earning more than I invest :( but am working at it!
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
Theodore Roosevelt 1907