My 84 year old father raised bees for quite a few years. I worked out of town often and mostly supplied general labor by moving hives, extracting, bottling etc,etc. Now that dad doesn't get around so well these days, I have taken to gathering up some of his equipment (which btw is in excellent condition) and want to start doing a few things to help support my efforts. So the following is a rough draft...
1. Buying two packages this spring for 10 frame medium equipment that we have on hand - 2 hives
2. Hopefully, down the road i can pull a couple of frames from each hive, insert in a nuc or hive and add winter survivor queens that should be available in May
Let all four of these builld and see how they overwinter. The strongest will be split into nucs and some into building hives.
My ulitmate end goal will be to maintain local survival stock made available in the form of nucs from approx 10-15 hives built up over the next couple of years. Selling 20 or so nucs per year to help bankroll my hobby.
I have a honey house, extractor, most tools, tanks etc, etc so I'm lucky my start up is low. Looking for ideas, tips pitfalls etc.