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    Water and syrup question.

    Last time we purchased syrup, my helper didn't get the right amount of water and most of the totes crystallized. Is there some way to test the syrup BEFORE it crystalizes to see if it is the right...
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    Re: Need a "bear expert"

    Or cut the fence and steal the fencer unit!

    Just happened the other day. ):

    What a bummer!
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    Re: Need a "bear expert"

    By the way if we have a particularly mean hive, we like to put it real close to the charger;)

    OK Loggermike - you get the prize - that's the best advice I've heard so far.

    Dave
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    Need a "bear expert"

    Here's my timeline:
    Friday eve.: Went into a yard and found bear damage.
    Sat.: Went back to the yard and put it all back together.
    Sun: Day off - Amazing!
    Monday night.: Went back and installed...
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    Record keeping

    What are people using to keep the books? I hear about Quick books mostly, but I have never actually looked at it or anything else, for that matter.

    I need to get something figured out so that my...
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    Source for seed

    Does anyone know of a good source for Birdsfoot trefoil seed?
    I want to plant several acres this spring.

    Thanks,
    David
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    Honey for a wedding

    Somewhere I read some cute things that people print on honey jars for wedding favors. Can anyone remember any of them? I have been asked about providing honey for an upcoming wedding.

    Thanks,...
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    Reusing Plasticell

    I bought a bunch of boxes with decent frames and plastic foundation. However the drawn comb was totally wrecked by moths. I am wondering if anyone has had much success with getting the bees to...
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    Wow!

    Ross: "With the jig I use (no springs) I can glue, assemble, and nail 10 frames in less than 2 minutes."

    How many does that work out to in an eight hour shift?
    By my estimation you can nail up...
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    Assembling Frames

    I know that most just buy their frames assembled. But maybe someone can help.

    Is there a faster way to assemble frames than the jig that holds 10 frames at a time. I am wondering what others are...
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    Wax Moths down South

    Can someone down south give me some heads up on the wax moth?

    If I take some comb down to south Texas now, will I have problems with the moths by late March when my bees come back from Cali?
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    Cook & Beals Spinfloat

    Can anyone give me the pros and cons of the C&B spinfloat. I am trying to decide whether I would rather have a wax spinner or a spinfloat in my new honey house.

    Thanks,
    Dave
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    Cook & Beals Spin Float

    I'm wondering if someone out there could tell me the plus and minuses of the C&B Spin float. I am thinking of setting up my new honey house with one. To date I have been using a cappings spinner...
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    I guess that was a silly question. I am...

    I guess that was a silly question.

    I am refering to the laws. In other words, what sort of requirements are there for hauling my own bees on my own truck. I know that I must have a CDL and a DOT...
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    Hauling bees

    I wonder if someone can enlighten me on this question.

    What is the difference between hauling live bees and hauling bee equipment?

    Thanks,
    Dave
  16. Thread: Cappings

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    Prices

    Does anyone know the current price in a barrel?
    Or who buys them?

    Dave H.
  17. Thread: Cappings

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    Cappings

    I know that wax is supposed to be another revenue stream, but. . .

    What is everybody doing with their cappings (besides storing them in barrels behind the honey house :)

    Do most commercial...
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    One more thing

    Another interesting thing is that if you weigh your pails immediately after extracting the honey and then weigh them several months later you will notice that they have gotten heavier by a little...
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    Pints and quart weights

    Just my 2 cents worth. I don't think that I have ever seen a mason quart hold 3# unless you fill it right to the brim. I have weighed a lot of different styles of jars. I label the jars at 2.9#...
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    Two Queen Colonies

    Can someone give me a short lesson on 2 queen colonies? The fellow who got me going in beekeeping several years ago used to talk about two queen colonies as the way to make a big honey crop. I...
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    Very interesting comments. Yes, I am dealing...

    Very interesting comments.
    Yes, I am dealing with 55 gal drums. Maybe this is too much to tackle in a solar melter unless I build a huge one. It sounds like they make nice wax but take a bit of...
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    Solar wax melter

    This may be a stupid question - but I have never used a solar wax melter.
    When I use my melter I end up with a lot of slum which is a pain to deal with. How do you deal with slum in the solar...
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    Hydrometer question

    I have a glass hydrometer that I bought used from an old beekeeper in town. He told me that he paid $40 for it 20? years ago - so I assume that it is a decent one. Anyways, my question is that it...
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    Cappings Spinner

    I am trying to make my old 12/21 frame extractor into a cappings spinner. What do "real" capping spinners look like? I am planning on wrapping the basket in perforated stainless steel with 1/4 or...
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    Honey + metal.

    Ok, can someone give me a rundown on metal and honey. Is a cast iron pump acceptable? What about bronze? Does it have to be stainless or brass? Can someone explain how these metals affect the...
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