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  1. Re: Turnkey topbar hive for selling to my "students"

    I have been building langstroth apiaries for clients. I track costs for buying/assembling the equipment, making and installing cleat handles, assembling frames, wiring, embedding, painting, making...
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    Re: How much wax is in a barrel of cappings?

    I my small scale operation running a lot of eight frame spacing and with some cut comb waste, I get up to 2% weight in wax to that of honey weight. Jim's figure of 160/9000 comes to 1.77%, close to...
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    Re: A down side to beekeeping.

    Try keeping bees in a suburban neighborhood.
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    Is Carolina Jasmine toxic to honey bees?

    Gelsemium sempervirens

    I found this in Wikipedia:

    The nectar is also toxic to honeybees,[7] which may cause brood death when gathered by the bees. The nectar may, however, be beneficial to...
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    Re: Extractor measurement

    Some very thick honeys also will not extract/easily.
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    Re: Trap out from under a shed

    >I suppose the cut out flooring can be used to seal up the floor again, correct?

    I mark the sides of the removed plywood and remaining plywood (aa bb cc dd) so that it is easy to put back in the...
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    Re: Trap out from under a shed

    I removed two from a shed floor last year. The owner cleaned out the shed, we carefully sawed the plywood floor above the floor joists with a skill saw set to the plywood depth. Some of the combs...
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    Re: old aluminum ladders for hive stands???

    Some bottom boards slide off of them easily when you are working the hive.
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    Re: Warre swarmed twice now what?

    Copy and paste from an old post:
    Hive Sizes

    JWG Field Bee December 20, 2006 A couple notes on the larger brood frames:
    Historically in North America there were two large brood frame designs,...
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    Re: Websites as a marketing tool??

    I have one and it brings in some business. A neighbor found my site and phone number yesterday and bought $47.00 of honey. My site is primarily for my landscape business but the single bee/honey page...
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    Re: Mylar bags for comb storage?

    Store the box of comb on the top of a strong hive.
  12. Re: Is it a good idea to start a Warre hive in a neigborhood?

    I agree, bees swarm, not hives. I caught a swarm this year from a conduit hole in the wall of an industrial building. We all catch swarms out of trees all the time. But that being said, I feel a...
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    Re: Warre swarmed twice now what?

    As I built my first Warres, all women seeing them said "oh those hives are so cute". Hearing that I knew there would be a lot wrong with them.
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    Re: 9 frame spacers

    I use eight and nine frame spaces in most of my honey supers. I like them. I prefer the frames held in place and not sliding around and not having to use a spacer tool. As with all tools, there are...
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    Re: Warre swarmed twice now what?

    As president of the local bee club, you would know best where those Warre yards are. I would be glad to furnish the bait hives. But at this point, I only know of two Warre yards locally, and those...
  16. Another New Original Never Before Tried Method For Cleaning Cutcomb Honey

    I was cutting these combs to fit into the new Pioneer Plastic half cut comb box and felt they had too much wet honey on the cappings. Since I drain them on queen excluders in overturned plastic...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    >Sorry, agree with the other posters. Extractor are not a vector for disease, as honey is pushed away from the comb, the comb will exit the extractor cleaner than it entered.

    Yes but...the...
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    Re: Warre swarmed twice now what?

    That is the problem with Warre, to hard to do the manipulations you need to inspect and manage the bees. If it is only 1000 bees queenless, and they are near your Langs, just blow the bees out and...
  19. Thread: 20 ACRES

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    Re: 20 ACRES

    What mix could be used that is very deer resistant?
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    Re: How big is your honey house?

    My extracting room was built in 1979 and measures about 12 X 28. This is adequate for the three plus tons we run through it annually. It is a partitioned section of a three door garage. We are using...
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    Re: Human Consumption of Swarm Honey

    I know of beekeepers that have sold honey coming from cavities containing a dead rat and rat feces, sawdust possibly contaminated with lead paint and honey from cavities dusted with insulation...
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    Re: Warre swarmed twice now what?

    I think you have done the right thing. You have put your swarms in moveable frame hives which are easily inspected, managed and easy to increase in size to make them less likely to swarm. You can...
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    Re: Cappings Basket for a Radial Extractor

    Being familiar with how my cappings spinner works, I doubt that baskets in an extractor would be as effective. That is of course if Ace cannot engineer a better solution for us.
  24. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    I reviewed the videos and the gas blown super took 1 1/2 minutes with the hose blowout, and the electric took 1 minute 8 seconds with the electric blower. I know we did 1.25 ton in two hours a few...
  25. Re: Best technique to harvest honey from a Warrè?

    Charlie, this is the Warre Forum. Haters should stay out. One would think that someone like you from San Francisco, surrounded by folks of numerous different sexual orientations, would have a more...
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