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« on: November 17, 2006, 10:07:51 AM »

Many people this coming season expect to move their beeyards into the next phase of beekeeping - small commercial operation. This new forum is an outlet where anyone interest in this exciting and ambitious move toward a sustainable business is welcome to communicate on the many ideas and brainstorming needed to be sucessful.

MEMBERS PLANNING TO BE ACTIVE IN HERE - please let us know in a short detail your current setup and your plans for the coming season or season. This way we can watch along and see how well you are doing.

Best wishes to all trying to go to the next level, may the Bee-Gods be with you!

You surely don't need to be going from 1 to a hundred hives to participate here - if you are growing substantially compared to your previous season, you equally have similar growth and preparation issues that larger setups will run across. After-all... EVERYTHING IN LIFE IS RELATIVE.

Hope you enjoy this chance to grow confidently and with the help of others also trying to master the next level of beekeeping.
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2006, 04:17:17 PM »

Cool, RGF is an excellent idea !  I have 3 hives now, expanding to 8 in Spring '07 with new packages. By fall of '07, I hope to split the 3 I have now with new queens to 11 hives going into the winter/spring '08. That is my current goal depending on my learning curve and luck. I plan to do some pollination contracts for local farmers in '08 and sell honey at a friend's produce stand to make back some $$$. Oh the excitment and anxiety  shocked
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2006, 07:31:33 PM »

Glad you like the Forum Idea - you should have lots of company here, I know of several members already preparing new hive bodies and frames, before you know it there should be lots to talk about in here Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2008, 07:10:36 PM »

Hey, I started with two, just made up two more for four, going to  try a couple splits later on this summer, plus going to add 16 in the spring, for a total of 20 by next Apr. 09, then splitting in the early summer again, heading for what ever I can get. I plan on being a strong sideliner. I'll update as I go.
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2008, 10:56:15 AM »

Hi all,
   My name is David Owen aka mtman1849 I have been bee keeping for about 10yrs now only 3 hives at the moment but planning on doubling sometime in 2009 or do I have time to split this year? i think it may be to late in the year to mess with them now.   Anyway I am going to have alot of free time on my hands starting next month.  Layoff coming and I am going back to school getting out of manufacturing all together.   So going to school and working with my bees for the next 2 years.
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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2008, 01:19:44 AM »

Well we are going into winter with 70 hives. I will keep you posted.
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2008, 10:13:55 AM »

Great forum idea!!! I look forward to perusing....
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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2009, 11:11:58 PM »

Well i am starting with 1 swarm going for a few (3-4) swarms this year with lemon grass will see its all for a big hobby operation.  I was wondering if there is a limit to how many hives can be in a 1500 sq ft yard?
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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2009, 08:28:35 PM »

Well I made it to 13 hives this year, winter was brutal for losses. but back on course now. hopefully next year I can do a big spit project and hit the 50 mark.

Well remember they don't stay and feed in your yard, they will do an area approx 3miles in diameter from your hive out. I think that is something like 8000 acres.  lol not sure but its a big area, but that depends on who else has bees in that area. I think you can see what they bring home or produce, if its not much then the area is being over used.
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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2009, 02:40:51 PM »

WOW!! I started out with 1 swarm and a hobby and ended up with me on a ladder upside down with a bee vac on a strangers house!!!  I now have 3 colonies and a nuc in my back yard and 7 more colonies spread all over town and 3 more removals this week!!! I need intervention.   huh 
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« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2010, 02:29:09 PM »

We just started out with one, then the addiction hit. Now we have 3 and looking to have at leat 10 buy Dec. Hope to have 50 by next year!!!! I love this Stuff.
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« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2010, 11:26:44 PM »

Started with 2 hives 12 months ago. One a captured feral and the other a nuc from a breeder of pure Italians.

I have just been swamped with cut-outs and swarms in the space of 1.5 weeks and I now have 8. I will have 10 by the end of the weekend with another 1 the following weekend from cut-outs. I have had to take myself off the local list of swarm collectors as I was unable to keep up with the need for boxes and frames.

I am going to look for a semi-permanent location for the hives with a view to having them pay for themselves through honey and pollination.
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« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2011, 11:36:26 PM »

Had 1 hive for many years and sad to say let it go its own way on a mates block.

Back home now and did my first split last Friday with my first purchased queen in cage added to nuc.

Checked them today Monday and queen is almost out of cage. I think she will be out tomorrow.

The remaining frames in my first box have still no brood or larvae and I still can't find the queen after 4 or 5 inspections.

May have to add another caged queen.

Hope to multiply hives this year..

Watch this space......

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« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2012, 07:22:44 PM »

I'm finishing up my first season with 5 hives. Plan is next year to double that with splits plus what ever comes in from swarm traps etc and then double that again the following year then sit at 50 to 60 hives. I am looking at placing most of my hives in small permanent yards of 10 or so around the local area. I'm not looking at full scale production, more a sideline to bring in a little extra cash grin Planing to spend this winter building boxes and frames & looking forward to next year.
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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2013, 07:29:23 PM »

Just joined this forum. Have been keeping bees in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans for over a year with only one hive. After evacuating and returning it for Hurricane Isaac I lost it when they unexpectedly started a new house construction right beside it. I'm not getting huge but there is substantial growth so far this year. I bought two packages and shortly afterwards found someone local and bought two more nucs. Shortly after that I ended up doing three removals within a month. e small and I did not get the queen so I added the bees to the nucs. The last one was a good size colony and I got the queen. I have gone from 1 down to 0 and now back up to 5 hives in the last year. All are doing well.
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