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    Re: Crushing honey comb

    the paint strainer is popular, although some of the "safety police" will be quick to point out its not food grade approved...

    some find it a course strainer which is why it works well for a first...
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    Re: Long distance apiary

    a 30 min drive seems reasonable to get out there every 2 weeks. once a month at a absolute least.

    late winter/early spring you need to make shure they are going to make it (perhaps feed depending...
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    Re: Crushing honey comb

    what is your straining device?

    Its my understanding the process works best when you have a way to drain away the honey as soon as its released from the cells instead of winding up with a huge...
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    Re: How long do most neew beekeepers keep at it?

    Beebop basicly nailed it on the head.

    Ive been doing it for about 6 years now. but still doing stuff for the first time. Did my first cutout last spring. Caught my 5th or so swarm this...
  5. Thread: goldenrod?

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    Re: goldenrod?

    http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/x/goldenrod-plant-16478695.jpg

    typical midwest goldenrod doesnt bloom till late aug/sept. As its not even July yet I'd say its a bit early but being from central...
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    Re: Holy crap I am sold on the Sustainable Apiary model!

    check out any of the pics of the hive setup and its easy to figure out.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_XvhLPeYkZUs/THq9lXCmTHI/AAAAAAAAAGo/eGUUZWSWzjE/s320/Mike+Palmer+Double+Nuc.jpg

    you can see the...
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    Re: I Think I'm a Comb Farmer

    do you feed durring this high comb draw period? or do you just rely on natural nectar flow?
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    Re: Double nuc, what am I missing?

    Its my understanding he wants the total volume to fit within the standard 10 frame space. see the pic...
  9. Thread: Cleaning hands

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    Re: Cleaning hands

    I wear nitrile gloves ("laytex"). when they get sticky from honey, proplis etc i take them off and put on another pair. plus I have better feel of the frames and better dexterity then the thick...
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    Re: drawn cone or drawing cone

    you can checkerboard the brood chamber with new frames, feed them 1:1 and keep the queen confined with a queen excluder. This will encourage (force) the hive to draw the frames for her to lay in. ...
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    Re: Reading the hydraulic pressure gauge

    So this was the math i came up with. but i took the 3.9 and divided by 2. but it was late so it should have been x2. so 100 psi in lifts ~800lbs

    or 8x the psi reading.
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    Re: Reading the hydraulic pressure gauge

    If ive done the math right you should double the PSI reading to get lift in pounds.
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    Re: Overwhelmed by the strength of my flow

    To add to the above. the frame needs to be horizontal to the ground not vertical.
  14. Thread: comb too thick

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    Re: comb too thick

    that is common for honey frames.

    You can trim them now and put the chunks of wax/honey on top of the innner cover and they will rob it back out. then put the frames next to already drawn comb to...
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    Re: Overwhelmed by the strength of my flow

    An order of wooden ware from one of the bee suppliers can be at your door in 2 days. then its an evening of assembly and they can be on by the weekend.

    If nothing else you can pick up some 1x at...
  16. Re: Best way to salvage a comb-filled box with no frames?

    separate the 2 boxes.

    capped honey frames can be taken into the house and extracted via crush and strain. If you dont want to rob all the honey, you can rubber band some back in frames and...
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    Re: Hive lifting Ideas/Help needed

    what equipment do you already have. compact utility tractor? large garden tractor? ATV?

    harbor freight pickup crane
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    Re: Location for Extraction

    I vote for the kitchen. Its already an area you used to having clean for food prep. It has access to clean water. Shove the table to a corner, set the extractor in the middle of the room. ...
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    Re: Dadant packages from April 24th

    Hamilton IL. Word has it packages came from CA. No word on queen types. Although if I had to guess, Carolinas. Ive gotten 4 Italian's in the past 5 years from various sources, clearly not...
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    Re: Dadant packages from April 24th

    the 2 at my buddies house both have queen cups despite having a queen that is laying and has space in undrawn frames.

    one of my hives is doing fine. the other didnt have any eggs, or larva 10...
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    Dadant packages from April 24th

    Any other beekeepers that picked up packages from Dadant on the 24th, Im curious to hear how they are doing.

    I picked up 4 packages and hived 2 of them at my house that afternoon and hived the...
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    Re: storing honey in slow hives

    bees NEVER "cover" frames of capped honey. There are always a handfull that will work the area, but for the most part its an area in the hive that doesnt get much bee traffic.

    Like anything...
  23. Thread: double nuc

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    Re: double nuc

    No worries. I made it clear in my post it was my personal opinion. I don't claim to have all the answers or that my opinions are the end all be all for answers. You clearly have demonstrated...
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    Re: storing honey in slow hives

    Little hard to follow.

    You intend to take full honey frames out of hive A. and swap them with "empty" honey frames of hive B. thus giving hive A more empty frames to fill?

    or are you just...
  25. Thread: double nuc

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    Re: double nuc

    http://www.betterbee.com/images/DNB_n.jpg

    What is the point of this? you made late splits? (dont make late splits) you caught some late fall swarms... perhaps.

    but for normal hives, most...
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