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    Re: Dollar store cheap foams

    Your boxes are a great idea. I use them for NUCS, catching swarms etc. Yes, the bees do eat them out. I use the boxes as temporary boxes. Some get eaten out very quickly, others take a while . ...
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    Re: Dollar store cheap foams

    the reason is very simple, The same reason I use a lot of the times "YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THEY MIGHT COME IN HANDY"
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    Re: nuc box construction question

    Try using polystyrene foam boxes. If available can be cheap and very light to carry.
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    Re: Natural Finish for new hives

    I use a RAW linseed/turps mix. on all of my boxes. I wait a couple of weeks for it to dry. I paint the whole box then paint the outside and edges using a water based exterior paint, the water...
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    Re: Painting hives with Tite bond III

    Have you tried Titebond factory to ask their opinion. They should have a better idea than most
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    Re: Looking for source for honey pumps

    Why go for a pump. Use gravity. Use a bucket/ larger container/drum with a honey gate with a set of domestic digital scales fills bottles quickly and accurately. Have fun
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    Re: Home made branding iron

    My brand is RO1, The simplest way to make the brand is using a 1/4 inch router with a 45 degree bit. I draw parallel lines 19mm wide for a guide and do it free hand. I also do month/year and...
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    Re: Honey Harvesting

    Try uncapping the honey with a serrated knife and putting the frames upside down in a tub (preferably with a lid) for a few days. Most of the honey will drain out. Put the frames back in the hive...
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    Re: What to do with all the honey?

    When I did my first extraction for about 46 years, I got 70 kg of honey. I did ask the same question. Gave some away, spilt about 30 kg so solved part of the problem. I now sell about 200 kg a...
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    Re: Branding hives in california

    If you do get a brand, I find a 1/4 inch router with 45 degree bit does wonders for branding. It is cheap and quick and most importantly effective.

    Enjoy your bees

    GEoff
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    Re: Definition of "Best Honey"

    The best honey for an individual is the one they like the best
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    Re: How Fast?

    have read somewhere that bee can fly up to 25 km per hour. NOt a bad speed.
  13. Re: What are your thoughts on using medium supers exclusively?

    I run nearly all what is called a WSP in Australia. it is 73% of a "full depth' and 8 frame boxes. I run two brood boxes. A 8 frame WSP box full of honey weighs about 25 KG, a 10 frame FD 45 k....
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    Re: Top insulation and vent

    I'm glad I don't have your problems with the cold. The only recommendation I can make is to ensure the hive slopes to the entrance so that the condensation can run out and not collect at the back. ...
  15. Re: Today's harvest - eight frame spacing in a twelve frame box.

    Thanks to Riskybizz and Odfrank for the info.

    All my boxes have the same frame size and I use 8 frame boxes.. What in Australia is a WSP, about 3/4 of a "full depth".

    I always run two...
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    Re: Maxant bottling tank?

    thanks
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    I am always willing to learn and improve my operation.

    I run 60 hives. Not small and not large but still a fair bit of work I get 120-160 kg of honey from each hive per year. Western Australia...
  18. Thread: Bee Trailer

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    Re: Bee Trailer

    The problem is that cordless grinders can do a very quick job.
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    Re: Maxant bottling tank?

    Straining is always a problem. If you use a series of strainers from very course to fine, it can be done quite OK. Ii do not know what you mean by a bed bath. As the honey needs to be warm to...
  20. Re: Today's harvest - eight frame spacing in a twelve frame box.

    I am against putting in less frames than the box can hold. My reasons are:-
    1. Unless you are very good at recovering honey that is in the cappings (and I believe most small bee keepers aren't)...
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    Re: Can you use Polyester in smokers?

    As a good guide, If you don't like it, why should the bees. Try and use material that is least offensive. Cheers
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    Re: Increasing cell size

    I suggest you do a split and put the new queen in the split. Put mostly new foundation in the brood box and hopefully they will build bigger cells. Can you get foundation with bigger cells? The...
  23. Thread: Bee Trailer

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    Re: Bee Trailer

    Some picture would be great.

    I think trailers are a great idea. My idea is to have hives permanently mounted on the trailer. I may take them off in winter if I find time Ha!!!! I have one 95%...
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    Re: Reuse of Chalkbrood infected frames

    I had a single box with chalk brood go into winter ( our winters are very mild) . I was expecting the worse in spring. Much to my surprise in spring it was all gone. I put it down to the...
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    Re: How Oxalic Acid Vaporization may kill mites

    Slightly off track , but in a quiz be Long Lane Honey, oxalic acid is not an approved treatment for bees in the US.
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