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    Re: Beehive Longevity

    I use painted pine. I've got original woodenware from when I first started 10 years ago but I've got woodenware that's gotten dry rot after 3-4 years. I paint it once and that's it. Cedar and...
  2. Re: Feedback on first attempt at building an observation hive

    I'm familiar with this as I've got 7 times the hives I thought I would when I started as well as an observation hive.



    Yeah, I'm shaking my head. But, so what? If you've got the time and...
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    Re: Silly Reporter - Neonicotinoid Article

    More sensationalist 1/2 truths reported in news nuggets. Picked up by the well meaning but ill informed who then spouted it as truth to the unsuspecting. And some wonder why the media is viewed...
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    Re: What's up with Maxant's website?

    I hit Jake on that yesterday. He said they're dealing with some malware that's recently taken down the site. Try hitting Jake directly at jake@maxantindustries.com.
  5. Re: Feedback on first attempt at building an observation hive

    Nope. OB hives are really meant to be inside. Especially don't have them outside in Houston even in the shade. You'll have the honey laden wax collapse on a hot day and they're done. This is...
  6. Re: Bears and bees don't mix. Need a better bear fence!

    We don't have them where I have bees. However, just yesterday I bought a bear tag along with my elk tag for bow hunting in CO in early Sept. I've had 2 very close encounters with black bears while...
  7. Re: foundationless frames in a honey extractor

    Wholly Schnyckies, how fast are you spinning to blow comb off plastic foundation? 95%+ of my super frames are on plastic foundation. Up to 35 hives now and I've been harvesting for 9 years and I've...
  8. Re: What is the most expensive honey you have seen advertised recently?

    Savannah bee company $15 for 12oz, $24 for 4"x4" comb. If you want to really see some high honey prices look at New Zealand. I saw $56 per pound 3 years ago.
  9. Re: Maxant Bottling Tank - Filtering Honey during Bottling

    Keep the bottling tank from getting empty and the flotsam in the honey will never get to the gate. As the volume in the tank decreases a lot of the flotsam will stick to the sides of the tank. ...
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    Re: Best strategy for building comb

    I'm with you and I've read similar information for ...and against it. Before I go destroying perfectly good wax I need to understand and believe in what I'm doing. I don't understand the benefit...
  11. Thread: Honey Hater

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    Re: Honey Hater

    What about anything that uses yeast in its making? The yeast is exploited, then killed in the making of bread and the by product of alcohol is yeast waste. Vegans are lola granola goofballs who...
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    Re: 1st Solo swarm catch.

    Congrats! The first swarm hived is very exciting. The fun thing is even with plenty of experience I still get excited like it's my first when I get a swarm call. If you can steal a frame of open...
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    Re: Best strategy for building comb

    I'll let you know. ;) I'm in my 10th year and I have no interest in getting rid of comb unless it gets wonky with lots of anomalies and drone comb. When that does happen I then use those deep...
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    Re: Queen Anne's Lace

    I've wondered the same thing. From what I've seen they do not work it. For me, when it comes out in force it means the flow is over and the dearth has begun.
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    Re: Wholesale honey sales advice needed

    We're about the same size and I used to sell wholesale. I was giving 30, 35 and 40% discounts and had volume brackets for the respective discounts. They'd bump their prices even higher than my list...
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    Re: Colony Loss 2014-2015: Preliminary Results

    To be fair Michael to claim to have 200 hives when you actually have 40 appears to be a 80% stretch the truth. For me it honestly brings into question if similar stretching of the truth of the...
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    Re: Colony Loss 2014-2015: Preliminary Results

    Glass houses. Treating and non treating "camps" can be like farts. Everyone thinks theirs doesn't stink. Some of those who don't treat blame those who do on their failures (poor genetics). Some...
  18. Re: Tips on keeping a honey extractor from "walking" during spinning

    Yep. Got 2. The other one is held on with electrical tape behind the motor so I always have it where I need it.
  19. Re: Tips on keeping a honey extractor from "walking" during spinning

    The Dadant 20/36 I use as my extractor fortunately has a fuse that blew. PITA to go and get a fuse but I could have been stuck with a burned out motor so I really didn't have anything to complain...
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    Re: Bee Boom and Bust?

    Any time you see "honey" listed in any product (like honey nut cheerios) you can bet your bottom dollar they're buying the lowest cost honey they can and lots of it. Ironically I was looking at a...
  21. Re: Tips on keeping a honey extractor from "walking" during spinning

    I tried casters a few years ago. I've got a Dadant 20/36. It worked well but eventually would simply start walking away or into a wall. I couldn't drain out of it until I turned it off because it...
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    Re: Maxant 1700 Chain Uncapper

    I've got one too that I've used for 3 years now. I might be able to answer your questions. They've got great product but they could substantially improve their promotional videos, add trouble...
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    Re: ObH plugging all Vents?

    They've clogged all but 2 of mine (15 total). They did it when the OB hive was new (5 years ago). I figured they knew what they were doing so I let them do it and have left it alone ever since. ...
  24. Re: Length of entrance tube in an observation hive... Does it matter???

    Mine is +/- 15 foot. They've been doing just fine for 5 years once I figured out that going straight up with PVC is a no-no. Hang a fabric strap down the length of the tube so they've got something...
  25. Re: Feedback on first attempt at building an observation hive

    Anywhere your dimensions violate been space they will propolize and build burr comb. I don't use plexiglass because it's harder to clean and isn't as stable as glass. As for a cover, I use the...
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