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    Re: Protein Patty recipe

    From RO's writings, this is basically it. The colony makes up the for the deficiencies the best they can. The better the sub, the longer they can do it. A little natural pollen helps a lot.
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    Re: Value of used equipment.

    I think Fusion was fairly close. 40-50% of new. Used clothing is worthless. Used frames without drawn comb are worthless. Between $50-$90 depending on if either of the smokers are Dadant or just...
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    Re: Stainless Steel honey strainer

    Since it sounds like you have already melted the wax to it, Tenbears method is probably best. Luke warm to cold water and a stiff brush also work - as mmiller says you don't want to use hot water...
  4. Re: I'd like to tap the cumulative knowledge of commercial beekeepers

    Ian, your two queen setups were two 4 or 5 frame nucs below an excluder - is that correct?
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    Re: Comparing sugar cakes to "loose" sugar feeding

    Generally the purpose of solid feed (mc, fondant, blocks, wet sugar, etc) is to prevent starvation when it is too cold for liquid feed. In this area, that also generally coincides with them being...
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    Re: No compete clauses

    I think Mark has it right. Nobody wins a race to the bottom. Be easy to do business with.
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    Re: Comparing sugar cakes to "loose" sugar feeding

    Fondant is about $2/kg here. I heft the hives and nucs in early spring and only put fondant on the odd one that feels light - usually just a couple of hives per yard. I couldn't agree more that...
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    Re: Comparing sugar cakes to "loose" sugar feeding

    I like fondant better than both. Purchase it from a bakery supplier. The other methods are effective, but I find the MC method messy. The bees like the fondant and it's easy to take the "patties" on...
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    Re: Large scale spring splits with mated queens

    There are a lot of methods, but I think you really have to choose between having to find the queen or making two trips to the yard. I think the latter works out better from time perspective unless...
  10. Re: I'd like to tap the cumulative knowledge of commercial beekeepers

    1. A single deep langstroth has sufficient brood area for all but the most fecund queens.
    2. A single deep has 10 frames - 4 frames less than you are proposing
    3. A single deep achieves this as...
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    Re: Types of hive stands - ideas

    This is what I use. Dimensions are a little different, but similar. I want to be able to tip give back to work on it instead of always lifting.
  12. Re: I'd like to tap the cumulative knowledge of commercial beekeepers

    Read "Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey", Brother Adam discusses management of similar sized colonies. He used division boards to manage the amount of comb the colonies had available to them when weak...
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    Re: Large scale spring splits with mated queens

    The method Jim describes works well.

    I have also had success moving the hive with the queen to a different stand in the yard. Take out 2 frames of brood and a frame of feed and put them in a...
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    Re: Drums Crystralised honey

    This is key to maintaining and even temperature in the enclosure. Especially if you are trying to keep temps below 45 deg C. I do the same in my pail heater.

    I recently purchased a couple of...
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    Re: Drums Crystralised honey

    Recent thread on heating drums here:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?319238-Post-your-pic-on-how-you-heat-your-drum-of-honey!
  16. Thread: $1.75 Honey

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    Re: $1.75 Honey

    No, but Vietnam has. Lower shipping costs and probably less red tape.
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    Re: Titebond II - what happened?

    Temperature abuse? Did it freeze before or after you purchased it?
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    Re: Poster Child

    Perhaps irradiating the comb eliminates beneficial organisms as well and leaves the bees more vulnerable to viruses?
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    Re: Poster Child

    There is a beekeeper in Ontario that has been working with the OBA tech transfer team on treating deadouts/empty equipment with ozone. Here is an older article: ...
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    Re: Honey Warmer Help

    Make sure you install a fan and wire it to run continuously.
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    Re: Poster Child

    Mark, explain the system. If you did have a planting dust kill? how would you report it? to who? who would come out and investigate? how long would it take them to come out? Would you be charged for...
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    Re: Poster Child

    The problem with not having a system of reporting is that you really have no idea if something is a problem or not. You aren't having issues, but Jim Doan apparently was. I am assuming there are...
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    Re: Poster Child

    I am reasonably familiar with the Ontario Pollinator Protection Plan or at least the new requirements for grain farmers. The PMRA is federal and has the ability to approve or ban pesticides. The...
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    Re: Poster Child

    beware, if you did have a planting dust kill? how would you report it? to who? who would come out and investigate?
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    Re: Poster Child

    In CBC's correspondence, Bayer claims that the new lubricant reduced dust by 40-70% while OMAFRA's testing found the dust reduction 21-55 percent.
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