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« on: December 31, 2011, 03:29:15 PM »

I have 6 hives that are going into winter and I am hoping for them to come out I want to raise my own queens and split them and maybe buy a few more nucs to help expand. where is everyone at and what do you want out of this season.
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2011, 05:52:07 PM »

This is for people to post on not just to view
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2011, 06:14:49 PM »

I want to expand my yard to 10 hives as this is what i am allowed. I plan to achieve this by doing a few more trap outs and attempting a split.
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2011, 06:17:31 PM »

very cool thanks shane for your input, why is 10 what you are allowed? your county or your wife?
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2011, 06:38:45 PM »

The council has rules on how many hives you can keep depending on the size of your property. My limit is 10 but I do know people around here with more than triple what they are allowed.
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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2011, 07:28:57 PM »

ours just says ur no longer a hobbyist after 10 so please pay 10 dollars a year
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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2011, 09:00:22 PM »

Thats not bad, we have to pay $11 a year for the first hive.
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2012, 08:25:47 AM »

My goal is to replace the approx. 125 hives I have lost this past year in my little sideliner operation.  We put bees in the blueberries at the end of Feb., so it is probably time to get organized. 
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2012, 06:01:41 PM »

My goal this year is to better learn how to bring along a strong hive.  It seems that whenever my numbers get built up, they swarm, so I'm not doing something right.  I want to try and figure out what that is.

We have two beeks, in particular, in our club that are very good at it.  If I'm lucky, and maybe even figure out the right bribe, I'm hoping I can get them to help me with an inspection! 
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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2012, 12:20:54 AM »

Alicia I;'m sure the right bribe would be to just ask I'm sure they wold be willing to help.
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« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2012, 02:42:41 PM »

Not many beekeepers around here so my goal is to get the word out , catch as many swarms as possible, do as many trapouts as possible and all the split i can to build up my yard!
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« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2012, 11:17:55 PM »

started last year with 2 nucs.  did a cut out of 2 colonies at one location, they didn't make it.  Picked up one small swarm; they absconded.  Purchased 3 more hives early fall. then one of my original hives died.  so now I have 4.
Plan is to split those, if they make it through winter, to make 12.  Catch as many swarms as I can.  Do some cutouts.   I'd like to end next year with 20 hives.
then in 2013 rent to local blueberry growers.
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« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2012, 11:21:44 PM »

for those wanting to catch swarms.  I took a jar of honey to the police officer in charge of animal control.  He said that he would be glad to send people with bee problems my way.  He didn't have anyone else locally to handle such issues.
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« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2012, 07:17:09 AM »

i plan to get to 10 strong full hives, this should bring in ample honey, allow me to make some serious number of splits and have the nucs or eight frame deeps ready in the months before christmas.
I am also looking forward to establishing a stand at a local market after I buy my new house. I will get a spot and try to be there every week with honey, chunk honey, fresh comb, candles and hive bodies. With this I will hopefully establish myself as the local bee man and maybe teach some classes and possibly mentor people.

I am aiming to have te strong hives and ten nucs ready for sale by the end of Novemeber, they will have homebred queens and should give me a good inco,e for christmas.
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« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2012, 08:55:28 AM »

To double my hive count and, more importantly, wake up every morning!   grin
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« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2012, 12:24:40 PM »

2011 did not go well for me as I lost half of my hives. We did not have a good honey flow here all year.

I am hoping to double my hives this year to get back to where I was last year.

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« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2012, 01:21:22 AM »

Just got the last of the bees down here to CA . Shipped them from the cold in eastern WA. They sure love the 50 degrees here. Went through them and only culled 38 out of 2300. Very happy with my winter losses. My goals for 2012 are to sell 600 hives, make up an additional 700 hives out of my new equipment, and make 700 five frame nucs to sell this April..and with a little luck from mother nature make a 100 # average honey crop. grin
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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2012, 03:37:47 PM »

buck where did you bring your bees to in california?
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« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2012, 08:40:32 AM »

My goals are by this time next year to have trapped 2-4 swarms and for hives to be happy health and productive my first year!
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« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2012, 08:24:11 AM »

I went into this winter with 7 hives. Six are still alive. They are getting light on stores so I gave them candy boards and made some protein patties. I am monitoring them pretty close and plan on making more candy to put right into some deep frames. I also am going to do that with the mega-bee (held in place with hardware cloth). Therefore, my first goal is to keep these six hives alive!  After that, I am going to make a slew of nucs/swarm traps, and try to build up my colonies to around fifteen. I also do removals. One of the people who want me to put hives on their property has a three acre pasture that she is going to have disced for me to put sweet clover and buckwheat in. I want to get about 8 to 10 hives there.
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« Reply #20 on: February 09, 2012, 12:47:50 PM »

Last year I trapped two swarms, but lost one due to the drought. So I have wintered one and plan to increase to 4 hive this year. I have aquired 3 that I will be moving as soon as they begin building up.
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« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2012, 11:04:39 PM »

I have 12 hives wintering so far sucessfully.  I have five five frame nucs ordered.  I have 15 queens ordered and I plan to both make splits for the purchased queens and do the MEl Disselkoehn On the spot queenrearing described on mdasplitter.com.  My goal is to end the season with thirtysome to fortysome colonies and nucs to overwinter.  Any honey crop I get will be purely incidental this year though I expect some.   I have too many plans for my resources and hope to learn a lot and have a good time doing it. 
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« Reply #22 on: April 29, 2012, 01:49:00 AM »

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Sounds like you are planning on a serious bee business venture from your post.  Are you planning on honey production eventually paying for your investment because 30-40 hives gets expensive?
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« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2012, 10:16:23 AM »

I sell honey and next spring I may sell nucs.   I just bought the used equipment from an old gentleman winding down to run maybe fifty.  I am more worried about my physical ability to handle it than expense.  So far it is still cheaper than golf and seems to me to have more of a purpose.  But on a lighter note, when I read the original question of goals for the year, I wanted to say World Peace, the end of Global Warming Mythology and training my body to turn toxic waste into pennicillian.
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« Reply #24 on: May 09, 2012, 12:19:47 AM »

To go from 40 to 75 or 80 hives,  have them as strong as possible without swarming to maximize honey production.
  And also have 20 - 25 extra nucs going into winter.
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« Reply #25 on: May 09, 2012, 02:49:42 AM »

More importantly for my wife and I wake up every morning!  yippie chick And be able to have a few bee hives.




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« Reply #26 on: June 10, 2012, 05:45:37 PM »

Well, I have already passed my goal! Right now I am at 19 hives and nucs. Mostly from removals and swarms. Still have several removals lined up. Even gave a couple swarms away!
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« Reply #27 on: June 15, 2012, 11:09:43 AM »

That is very nice to here gardening. have they been easy swarms to get too?
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« Reply #28 on: June 16, 2012, 08:56:04 PM »

Mostly. Had to climb two spruce trees about 10 feet above the 24' ext. ladder and use my swarm bucket with one section of pole to reach them. Luckily, spruce trees are easy to climb with all the branches! Wouldn't have done it if they were in a deciduous tree. Five were in swarm traps, and the rest ranged from ground level to just needing a stepladder. Also smoked/Bee-Quicked one out of a stone pillar a day after they moved in.
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« Reply #29 on: December 24, 2013, 09:55:52 PM »

I want to get my hives onto stands and try to rear a few queens.


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« Reply #30 on: December 25, 2013, 07:39:43 AM »

A good friend of mine had all of her bees poisoned last month while she was on vacation for a week. She came back and her 30 hives were dead or too far gone to survive. The person even left the container of poison next to a hive. The police have it for finger printing/evidence.
My plan is to work with her, she is great at producing queens, let her produce queens from my bees and then make splits from my hives and get her started again. I figure about 10 hives will be a good start.
I will be working alone so I do not plan on growing my apiary next year.
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« Reply #31 on: February 06, 2014, 11:41:30 AM »

I lost most of my packages 10 out of 12 and lost 2 feral out of 13. Leaves me with 11 to work with for this year and I'm excited. I want to raise queens this year and like to build up to 30 or 40 hives.
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« Reply #32 on: February 10, 2014, 09:01:38 AM »

Big Bear, those are heavy losses from your packages. Any idea why??? Are the 13 ferals, cutouts you did and swarms you captured this year? Looks like you would be better off not buying packages, and spending that money on building swarm traps or buying gas to do more cutouts.
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« Reply #33 on: February 10, 2014, 12:09:06 PM »

I agree. All of my hives are ferals. They were all swarms removals from 2 years ago. They had to pick a queen that has the genetics to handle the mites, virus' and the SHB's with out our intervention. It shows because my mites and SHB levels are low or non existant in my hives.
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« Reply #34 on: February 21, 2014, 11:38:00 PM »

To soak in all the information I can from all of you.  Also to catch as many feral colonies as I can.
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« Reply #35 on: February 22, 2014, 10:14:14 AM »

I've not outlined specific goals in the past, but have always liked reading the goals of others.   So this year, I began with the goal of having goals.

I've captured the goals with a bit more detail here:

http://billybsbees.blogspot.com/2014/02/2014-goals.html

But at a high level:

1)  Re-establish a hive yard.    Having moved from Maryland to Washington, I had to rehome my bees.  So this year I'm starting fresh.

2)  Build a Top Bar Hive

3)  Obtain Apprentice level in the WSBA Master Beekeeper Program and begin on Journeyman level.

4)  Maintain a Beekeeping Journal

5)  Maintain The Blog

6)  Bait a Swarm

7) Take a Class in Queen Rearing


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« Reply #36 on: February 22, 2014, 11:24:15 AM »

My goal is the same this year as last year  angel cheer banana devil piano pink elephant yippie chick I'm hoping to have a lot of fun with my bees  grin


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