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    Re: Two man hive lifter

    We used a trailer towed behind a pickup for moving bees. We simply put down the rear tailgate on the trailer, and walked up it with the hives for loading. Works great.
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    Competing in the local market place???

    Just curious how you guys go about competing in the local market place for shelf space? It seems there are tons of backyard beekeepers in my area and everyone has a claim in the many local grocery...
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    I am in the process of starting one up as well. ...

    I am in the process of starting one up as well. I've heard they can be very difficult to get to overwinter. If you keep them at outdoor temps, they usually don't have enough to keep warm....if you...
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    Anyone have a good source for large quantities of...

    Anyone have a good source for large quantities of paraffin wax?
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    I haven't dealt with pure africanized bees, but I...

    I haven't dealt with pure africanized bees, but I think we've got a couple of REALLY hot hives...those bees certainly weren't africanized!!
  6. I've heard some people "break the brood cycle" as...

    I've heard some people "break the brood cycle" as an "organic" way to control mites. Can someone who has actually done this with some success please explain the concept behind it and how it is...
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    The only issue, other than drying the honey out,...

    The only issue, other than drying the honey out, is pests. The longer the honey sits in the room, the more likely you will be to get small hive beetles sliming everything up.
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    soup can works well.

    soup can works well.
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    Funny....we just did this yesterday. One guy...

    Funny....we just did this yesterday. One guy with a single heavy glove...nothing else but a bee suit. N2 in a thermos and pouring it onto sections of comb.
  10. Thread: How many???

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    What about you other commercial guys? Do you...

    What about you other commercial guys? Do you save time by using plastic frames/foundation, wooden frames w/ plastic foundation, or do you go through the time to wire up wax??? I am actually quite...
  11. Thread: How many???

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    I would like to hear what equipment you...

    I would like to hear what equipment you commercial guys are using and how you got it. For you guys that have over 500 hives....did you buy all of your woodenware new...or make your own....or buy...
  12. Thread: First time

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    I hope you are joking about it tasting just like...

    I hope you are joking about it tasting just like the stuff you get the grocery store ;) There isn't any comparison!! Fresh honey is soooo much better!!!
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    I don't know why you wouldn't smoke the area...

    I don't know why you wouldn't smoke the area after a sting. I can certainly see them flying at me in the area I was just stung. Not only that, but we have some pretty hot Weaver colonies, and it...
  14. Thread: slimey comb

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    Yeah...I haven't had the experience with it, but...

    Yeah...I haven't had the experience with it, but from what I've heard, the bees won't touch it now. Trash can.
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    really hot water, a hose, a sprayer, and a brush....

    really hot water, a hose, a sprayer, and a brush. Seems to work for me. You just have to hold that hot water on the stuborn wax for a few seconds...it will warm it up and either wash it off, or...
  16. So I am thinking of trying to start out with a...

    So I am thinking of trying to start out with a couple of hives next spring. I have found that it is very easy to get overwhelmed when looking through the catalogs though at treatments etc. etc. ...
  17. I know Betterbee uses thicker wood for their hive...

    I know Betterbee uses thicker wood for their hive bodies. Will frames from Dadant word in the Betterbee hive bodies? anyone know? Thanks.
  18. Thread: Using smoke

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    I like using the smoker. I went out with the...

    I like using the smoker. I went out with the boss a few weeks back...we were checking the smaller hives in the yard...1, maybe 2 brood boxes...just to get an idea about the performance of the queens...
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    I will end up getting them both...just figured...

    I will end up getting them both...just figured I'd see what you folks had to say. Actually, for research purposes the magazine I'd really love to have a subscription to is Apidologie...
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    Which one do you like more and why? Which one...

    Which one do you like more and why? Which one typically has more scientific articles as opposed to more practical beekeeping articles? What is your preference?? smile.gif
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    The stings and swelling is also worse for me on...

    The stings and swelling is also worse for me on the second day...the intial sting only hurts for about a minute..then there is no sign of it. By the next day it has swelled up to look like a bad bug...
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    Honey supers that we've collected in the last...

    Honey supers that we've collected in the last week have been pretty high also. I checked a few capped frames yesterday and it was reading 20%. We've got a dehumidifyer and a heater running...not...
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    Dee Bee...a year and a half with bees and you...

    Dee Bee...a year and a half with bees and you haven't been stung yet????....obviously you are doing something wrong ;) I've been at it for about two months now and I've gotten stung about 9...
  24. Yeah...from my experience working with both so...

    Yeah...from my experience working with both so far over this summer, I much more prefer the wood frames. It takes a little more to clean them up, but they are much nicer when going through the hive....
  25. I just wanted to confirm what I've heard about...

    I just wanted to confirm what I've heard about commercial beekeepers using plastic foundation like Pierco because of its durability in the large extractors. Is it true that wire/wax foundation can...
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