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    Re: Watermelon pollination

    I lost over 150 hives pollinating watermelons this summer. I was told melon farmers were hard on bees but I rolled the dice anyway. I did charge a premium, $125 / hive, which in retrospect wasn't...
  2. Re: Building Commercial Migratory Pallets, with Pallet Plans

    I don't mean to resurrect a year old thread but I am having trouble finding wax for that price. Any of you wax dippers care to share? Oh and Keith, how deep do you keep the wax in your tank? What are...
  3. Thread: Profit Analysis

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    Re: Profit Analysis

    Great advice! I spent last year doing just that and plan on doing it again this spring.
  4. Whats the going rate for singles after almonds?

    Most of the ads in the journal leave price out. I see doubles going for 140.00 after almonds but nothing on singles or story and a halfs.
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    Re: Start-up Extraction Line

    Who makes it?
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    Start-up Extraction Line

    I am going to be putting together my own extraction line this year and am looking for suggestions particularly on the uncapper and spin float. For uncapping I've use a Dakota Gunness and am wondering...
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    Re: Almond Pollination 2014.2 AKA 2015.1

    We sent 2 trucks this week and are loading one a day for the next 5 days.
  8. Thread: Filtering Honey

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    Re: Filtering Honey

    As i am sure you are ware honey is a super saturated solution containing about 80% sugar and 20% water. The sugars are mostly fructose and glucose. The glucose isnwhat crystalizes, because its less...
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    Re: Over wintering hives

    I looked at ELAP but the lady at farm services didnt have a clue about it. We went round and round and finally got to where she was ready to apply for me. I am still working on all the documents she...
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    Re: Over wintering hives

    Jrg13, I didn't where would one take out insurance on bees?
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    Re: Over wintering hives

    Thanks babybee, I will we split bees near Crockett and it looks like you are not to far away.
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    Re: Over wintering hives

    Thanks Keith, the loss sucks but I was warned and the pay was really good so it hurts a little less. I am certainly looking at hives coming off Almonds as an option. I'm still super new though so I...
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    Re: Over wintering hives

    That was my initial plan babybee but I need some more equipment as well I'm just working out the math, taking into consideration what I have now equipment wise, what I still need to hit my numbers,...
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    Re: Over wintering hives

    I took out the first load of 120 July 7th and the next load about July 20th. After we'd dropped of the 2nd load we noticed a carpeting of dead bees and week hives in the first 2 yards. There was also...
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    Re: Over wintering hives

    Mine are all dead. All 150 (240 actually 90 were another beeks bees) but its not weather related they got sprayed by the guy who rented them to pollinate watermelons. I'll never do that job again!
  16. Thread: Fall feeders

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    Re: Fall feeders

    This is going to be my 2nd year with 150+ hives. Last year I used the 1 gallon mother load in hive feeders. I plan on expanding to 300 hives this year and really like the idea of open feeding. The...
  17. Thread: Pallets

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    Re: Pallets

    We get pallets from the used pallet company out in California. The pallets are wax dipped and have solid bottom boards. We actually dont use the W clip its not very sturdy at all. We buy U shaped...
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    Re: Show us your honey labels!

    Well my wife still a day job, but I've gone fulltime beek. We had 150 hives this year and are aiming for 300 next year. At that point she will join me full time.
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    Re: Show us your honey labels!

    Stickergiant.com is where we had them printed. We have nutrition labels for the back which have weight and other Oklahoma specific information.
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    Re: Alternative to candle release spray?

    I find the freezer works better than any release spray when it comes to removing wax from metal molds.
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    Re: Show us your honey labels!

    Thanks! We are trying to make a living at this and I wanted to really make a lasting impression with our labels. I am glad you like them :)
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    Re: Label Design and Printing

    We use stickergiant.com and have been very happy with their printing and prices.
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    Re: Show us your honey labels!

    here's ours!

    Creamed honey label: 14858

    And our Regular honey label: 14859
  24. Thread: supers for sale

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    Re: supers for sale

    What condition is the comb? How old are the supers?
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    Re: Time to grow.. but where?

    50s my goal, 75 is the stretch goal. The big goal involves my brother deciding if this family business is going to include him or not :)

    Thanks for the info folks. I have been looking at google...
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