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Right, so, just saw an ad on craigslist from someone who says they have a hive with bees for sale.

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I'm waiting to hear from them by phone or email so I can get some details, the sense I get from the ad is that they are moving and can't take the hive with them. At the price they want for it, it would be a very good deal, especially if the hive and colony were in good shape.

Wish me luck!
 

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Not trying to sound suspicious, but you don't know what you are getting till you see it.
Make sure to look it over (on the inside too) before you buy. You don't want to buy a hive that might be diseased or heavily infested by mites. And if you do, such a situation should be taken into account on the price.
 

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similarly, in Gainesville, Fl, there was a bee yard of about 20 hives---not a one is active, I have no idea what wiped the yard out, but am looking at the equipment to boost what I have if the price is right, again is it worth it if was foul brood that accounted for the bees destruction? I have been told you can still salvage equipment if you properly sanitize it but there is NEVER garuntee associated with stuff like this or your purchase. Good luck.
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Heinleinfan: Ask if you can do a powdered sugar shake to check for mites or check for a sticky board. Also, find out when the last state inspector checked over the hive(s). If recently, you could have much more confidence in your potential purchase.

Barry42001: I would definately ask for the last inspection records for these as well. 20 hives as dead-outs (or a wiped out yard) is IMO far too many for comfort!
If they were slimed out by SHB infestation, the bees might not accept the woodenware.
If diseased, unless you can hot dip the boxes (and let 'em boil for a while), I wouldn't want them in my yards regardless!

It's just too easy to built them myself now that I have a good set-up going.
 

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may I assume barry that the dead hives are not really IN Gainesville, Florida???

there are enough migratory (yankees all... phetowee) in North Florida that 20 hives could well be just what wouldn't fit on the truck when them yankees (phetowee) went home.
 

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lol well the dead outs are ACTUALLY in Gainesville, and can you count dead outs as migrants???Test your memory Tec, Located off Williston Road, on sw 64th st by a few blocks.
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RATS, someone got them before me. *sigh* I emailed and called at 9am after seeing the ad was posted at 6 the evening before, but apparently some keeper out there was looking faster than I was!
 

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Tec, do you really need to spit each time you talk 'bout yankees?

Please feel free to spit (***) just a bit each time you talk about migratory beekeepers however! The spread of diseases and pests has never been as fast as it is today due to this industry. It may be good for the farmers, good for the economy, but it's certainly bad for the bees to be sure!

(***= Just a bit as I guess you have to take the bad with the good.)
 

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may I assume barry that the dead hives are not really IN Gainesville, Florida???

there are enough migratory (yankees all... phetowee) in North Florida that 20 hives could well be just what wouldn't fit on the truck when them yankees (phetowee) went home.
Hey..Hey...Hey.... dont go there .... lol
 
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