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February 20, 2014

Spring is Here!

Spring is almost here and it is time to get into gear. The bees will start swarming soon and you need to be ready to either split your hives or to catch the swarms.

I would like to be prepared to do both. Some of the colonies will be in the swarming mode. Even if you split them, they will still swarm. You cannot stop them if they are in that mindset. But you can prevent some from swarming if you split them early enough.

Now this is a good way to increase your numbers if you want more colonies. But on the other hand, if you have all you want, then you have to figure ways to get rid of the unwanted bees. 1) You can let them swarm and not catch them; 2) You can catch them and give to someone who needs or wants them; or 3) you can sell your excess.

If you let them swarm, then you either will have let them die because only kept bees survive, or they become nusance bees and someone else will kill them. If you give the bees away, you don’t get paid for your time and effort.

If you sell them, then you have to figure how much to sell for as you don’t want to sell at a low price and help bring the value of the bees down. Here is where you have to research and find how much is the average price in your area.Then you have to decide how many bees to sell at a time and do you want to make a business out of selling bees. WOW! lots of decisions to make isn’t it?

Some state bee organizations take bees and boxes in lieu of dues so that is another avenue to look at. I believe some of the local associations are starting apiaries for their groups and that is another way to get rid of your excess bees.

I am getting my new bees this Spring and will be making my apiary start up and will let you know how things are going.

Starting a brand new year with high hopes. Get your smoker ready and cleaned out. Stockpile your smoker material, and sharpen your hive tool. And don’t forget your veil. It should not have any holes in it, or at least have them patched up.

Have a very profitable Spring.


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