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    Re: How did you get into beekeeping?

    Some stubborn Germans do what their father did.

    Roland Diehnelt, 5th gen commercial beekeeper
    Linden Apiary, est. 1852
  2. Re: Is a queen really worth 3 times their weight than gold.

    Yes.

    Any fool knows how expensive women can be.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Cold canadian winter was good for something

    Less than average Yellow jacket population here.

    Crazy Roland
  4. Re: Usefulness of Phosphorescent Paint in a Commercial operation.

    Competition?, Nahh.... We'll just work together.....

    Crazy Roland

    P.S. I ain't THAT crazy, did not suggest ANYTHING with lasers.
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    Re: bees only utilizing top deep

    And now you know why some people use queen excluders and a single deep brood chamber.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: How many Hives???

    Ian and Jim are right about the roots. The subsoil has an effect also. Some of our yards are on clay, the others on glacial till A.K.A. sand and gravel, which dries out fast. They react to rain and...
  7. Re: Usefulness of Phosphorescent Paint in a Commercial operation.

    It must be pretty safe between your ears..... My thoughts:


    Paint in UV activated phosphorescent paint, like the druggies would paint on their ceiling in the dorm room. It also showed up n a...
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    Re: sealant on stainless steel honey equipment

    Ben - follow the above advise, then get a new fabricator. I also weld 304L, and there should be no crevices for matter to stick in. Weld, grind, polish. Rinse and repeat until "proper". Yes, it takes...
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    Re: WISCONSIN BEEKEEPERS

    (What comes out of the south end of a north bound mule) - y.

    Late, wet and cold. Gotta love this global warming.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: How many Hives???

    I concur with Jim:

    My experience is it often yields the best when temps are high and the alfalfa is somewhat drought stressed.

    But a shot in the dark with alfalfa always beats corn and...
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    Re: Paired apiary test: natural comb does no good

    Yes, I agree, mites can survive inbreeding, but what happens when hybrid vigor is returned? I have no proof one way or the other, but from other areas of biology, inputing outside genes into an...
  12. Re: Commercial filter unit from Dadant, setup and use.

    Actually, Radar is on to something. 3 filters in parallel , with isolation valves before and after, and individual drain valves, would be the most efficient setup. Put a well pump pressure switch on...
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    Re: Paired apiary test: natural comb does no good

    The follow up hypothesis is that once the mites and bees are isolated and "thin' enough, the mites are susceptible to inbreeding. All is well until an unrelated mite from outside the area comes...
  14. Re: Commercial filter unit from Dadant, setup and use.

    If I am correct, you are using a positive displacement pump, which can not be "throttled", to push unheated honey though a filter intended for 150 deg honey.

    Am I close?

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: speed controller for a 1/2 hp Dayton ???

    Rader - Good idea, treadmill motor with control.

    try Reid supply.

    crazy Roland
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    Re: Paired apiary test: natural comb does no good

    What OT and JWC have written is consistent with known theories on evolution and parasite/host dynamics. I believe I forwarded these thoughts to Peter Loring Borst(sp?), adn he could deny their...
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    Re: Heat exchanger temp setting

    Ian wrote:

    my machine is whisper quiet, you cant hear it run,

    Great!!! glad they fixed that.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Heat exchanger temp setting

    My experience is very dated, from the late 60' and early 70's, but we NEVER stopped to clean anything out until the end of the season. Granted, we where closer to 30-40 drums a week. I do not...
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    Re: Closed to the public?

    Lauri - if you spoke the truth, there is no need to apologize to me.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: cowen uncapper knives

    If they are soldered brass, with a strip of meat band saw blade soldered in, my guess is no for most people. We have a box of dull old ones laying around.

    For a talented and skilled individual, I...
  21. Re: Ideas for "in line" filter and "automatic" valve

    Speed is not always the most profitable method. What is the accuracy of the filling systems mentioned? If you are giving away 10 percent, but doing it in half the time, you may be "racing to the poor...
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    Re: Closed to the public?

    To solve this problem, in the early '80's , my father built below the office a "museum", with various beekeeping artifacts from our family, an observation hive, and a slide show to show INDIRECTLY,...
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    Re: To Queen Exclude or Not.....

    C'mon you guys. If we can get bees to work basswood section comb honey through an excluder without difficulty, you must certainly be able to get them to work just foundation.

    Re-read Ian's post....
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    Re: To Queen Exdclude or Not.....

    Ian wrote:
    They are an intrigal tool for more intensive hive management.

    I can concur. It is another tool, which may take more knowledge and experience to use than others available to the...
  25. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    Possobly, but i doubt it would do a good job. It may have hte velocity, but not the volume. The original had 5 H.P. 2 cycle engines. What H.P. is the electric?

    Crazy Roland
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