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  1. Re: Any experience with Western Bee Supply in Poulson, MT?

    We order nothing but budget and have very few not usable. But we order 5 to 10 thousand at a time. If you only need a 100 commercial may be a safer bet.

    Johnny
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    Re: How do YOU harvest brood for mating nucs?

    Yes, If you have drawn comb to replace what you pull out they keep brooding up till the honey flow.

    Johnny
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    Re: How do YOU harvest brood for mating nucs?

    We make up 144 mating nucs for 3 weeks straight in March. They are 3 frame mediums. 1 frame capped brood, 1 frame honey and 1 frame foundation. The source colonies are 3 medium box hives with a...
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    Re: Swinger from CA to MS

    My wife won't let me have that kind of swinger!
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    Swinger from CA to MS

    I am looking at a swinger in CA. Will need to move it to MS. Anybody have any suggestions on a trucking company to move it?

    Johnny
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    Looking for Hummerbee or Swinger Loader

    Need good used loader to move bees. Prefer something in Southeast US but will consider all areas.

    Call 601-562-0701

    Johnny Thompson
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    Re: Apiary Registration

    No tax on livestock here. But a small registry fee per apiary location to help prevent encroachment by other beeks seems a small price to pay.

    Johnny
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    Re: Apiary Registration

    What I don't understand is that many of the larger operations in the state are opposed to any registry programs. They may not be the perfect answer but I just don't see the downside to these...
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    Re: Apiary Registration

    Do ya'll think the 2 mile exclusion zone around registered apiaries is effective in keeping other beeks out?

    Johnny
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    Re: Apiary Registration

    Thanks for the feedback. We currently have apiary inspectors but they only inspect those needing permits to move bees to other states or to sell bees. With more and more northern beeks moving south...
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    Apiary Registration

    Here in MS we have no hive or apiary registration. I know many states have apiary registration and exclusion zones for other beeks around these registered sites. What does your state do and does it...
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    Re: The Coy's - Russian Honeybee Breeder/Producer

    That was probably Steven, he lives in Perkinston.

    Johnny
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    Re: The Coy's - Russian Honeybee Breeder/Producer

    Thomas, Coy Honey Farm has two operations. Steven Coy is in South MS and does the Russian Queens. His dad and brothers are in AR and do honey and pollination. Was it Steven that you talked to?
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    Re: Maxant bottling tank?

    We have two 25 gallon Maxant tanks and one 80 gallon Kelly tank. They all work but the Maxant construction quality is way ahead of the Kelly.

    Johnny
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    Re: Pumps and feeding

    The tank already had a 3/4 drain plug that I replaced with a ballvalve and hose connector. I fill with an electric pump out of totes. The tank sits in the bed of my 1 ton.

    Johnny
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    Timer for Maxant Sr Capping Spinner

    At the end of each day the spinner needs to be run for several hours to dry out the cappings. Its a hassle to have to go back and turn it off before we go to bed. I decided to replace the existing...
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    Re: Pumps and feeding

    I use a 150 gallon propane tank. I changed out top fittings to a ball valve to fill thru and another hole has pressure guage and quick coupler for air hookup. I attached a 3/4 garden hose to drain...
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    Re: When to harvest queen cells

    You also have to take season into account. I start grafting in March and quit late June. As the temp increases the cells will emerge sooner.

    Johnny
  19. Thread: Mating queens

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    Re: Mating queens

    I use this same schedule except I graft on Friday's. Johnny
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    Re: Minnesota Hygienic / VSH ?

    Although they are both hygenic they were developed in different ways.

    MNHy were developed by Dr. Marla Spivac by using the frozen brood assay. This measures the ability of the workers to remove...
  21. Thread: Mating Nuc

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    Re: Mating Nuc

    1. Do you you use 3 or 4 divided mating nucs?
    No, I use a duplex box with 3 medium frames on each side. Strong enough to fight off hive beetles and raise a good queen but not to big to find...
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    Re: Placing foundation in frames

    I have never removed them. Bees seem to do fine.

    Johnny
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    Re: Chain Uncapper Adjustment

    Before you start cutting. Drop the handle to the lowest position, then bend the handle upwards slightly so that the frame holder will drop all the way down.

    Johnny
  24. Thread: Acorn frames

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    Re: Acorn frames

    Freight on 5000 sheets from CA to MS was only $290

    Johnny
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    Re: Pierco vs. Acorn

    I ordered 5000 sheets of black unwaxed medium foundation from Nick at Acorn yesterday. He was several hundred dollars cheaper than Pierco. We have been using Pierco for several years and will now...
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