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Offline ronwhite3030

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What is everyones goals for this year.
« on: December 31, 2011, 04:29:15 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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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2011, 06:52:07 PM »
This is for people to post on not just to view

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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2011, 07:14:49 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.
Shane

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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2011, 07:17:31 PM »
very cool thanks shane for your input, why is 10 what you are allowed? your county or your wife?

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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2011, 07:38:45 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.
Shane

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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2011, 08:28:57 PM »
ours just says ur no longer a hobbyist after 10 so please pay 10 dollars a year

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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2011, 10:00:22 PM »
Thats not bad, we have to pay $11 a year for the first hive.
Shane

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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2012, 09:25:47 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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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2012, 07:01:41 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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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2012, 01:20:54 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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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2012, 03:42:41 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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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2012, 12:17:55 AM »
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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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2012, 12:21:44 AM »
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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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2012, 08:17:09 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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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2012, 09:55:28 AM »
To double my hive count and, more importantly, wake up every morning!   :-D

Offline Larry Bees

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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2012, 01:24:40 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.

Larry

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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2012, 02:21:22 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. :-D
It started out fun with 800 hives...and its still fun with 2500.

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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2012, 04:37:47 PM »
buck where did you bring your bees to in california?

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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2012, 09:40:32 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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Re: What is everyones goals for this year.
« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2012, 09:24:11 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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