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  1. SEKhunter

    SEKhunter Senior Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    While driving around today I noticed several hives that are double deeps with 3-4 supers on them. Some of these hives I have watched while driving by and they don’t change.
    I told my wife they are either empty with moth webs or the strongest colonies in the state.
     
  2. Timber Hole

    Timber Hole Elite Refuge Member

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    I think I’ll start selling my honey. I need to buy 1 and 2 lb. plastic containers and labels. Where is the best place to get them. What should I expect to pay? I’m seeing prices from about 50cents to around a dollar. I would buy at least 500 to get a better price.
     
  3. SEKhunter

    SEKhunter Senior Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Check Berlin packaging, they sell in bulk also us plastics
     
  4. Timber Hole

    Timber Hole Elite Refuge Member

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    i ended up buying from US plastics. Mann Lake had good prices but wanted $243.00 to ship 3 cases (about 750) of plastic containers. Oh well.
     
  5. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    We found that ppl prefer glass mason jars.
    There are ppl that want plastic bears.
    I don't do the 1 pound 2 pound thing.
    My competition quit using glass and their customers all flocked to me.
     
  6. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Refilling the tank triggered a video.

    My kitchen smells divine right now.
     
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  7. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    I've been crunching my made up bs numbers in my head.
    Young guys pay attention:
    We invested about $20k in my bees. I caught bees the money was for equipment and supplies.
    I bought two (2) packages in 2015 I think. We spent about 4 or 5 k per year on bee stuff.
    It adds up.

    Now it's 2021 and I don't spend any money hardly at all on equipment or supplies. Maybe $1000/year tops.
    We sell honey tho. I estimate I mean guess around 8k/year I GET TO BLOW ON DUCKS OR FISHING.
    I get a big exemption by being hobby size in Illinois and selling in person mostly.
    You can develop a "side income" that your wife will gladly let you spend because you earned it with bee stings and sweetness. You always have cash because ppl keep wanting some honey.
    Your family gets to be called "the honey people".
     
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  8. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Anybody want to peek inside some bee hives today? It's 8:30 AM. Charging up my gopro.
    You can watch it or not...lol.
     
  9. SEKhunter

    SEKhunter Senior Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Love the beehives, post it up, I’ll watch after work
     
  10. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    These come into play soon. I only have 5. Wish I had 25. It's a
    Mini mating nuc.
    The university of Guelph has a series on how to use it.
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    What I do is :
    There are times when I have a swarm.
    I go find which one swarmed and find queen cells that are about to "hatch". I harvest those cells or virgin queens and put them into a small cage then put bees into the mating nucs. Just a cup or two.
    Then I release a queen or put a cell in.

    The Queen mates (or not) and I get a new mated queen.

    Remember I make money to go hunting from my bees. These little tricks are money I dont have to spend.

    A PENNY SAVED IS A PENNY EARNED
    Ben Franklin
     
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