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  1. Re: Use of thermal cameras for frame count inspection in the Almonds?

    I tried this recently with much the same result as Ian... I could generally only see what was good or bad by how bright the entrance was. Really couldn't get much of a read through the wood of the...
  2. Re: Continuous Application of Water to Hives On a Truck

    I think another big question might be how many Gallons per hour you'd need to spray on a truckload to make a difference and whether a tote would be close to enough... Thoughts?
  3. Continuous Application of Water to Hives On a Truck

    Hey, I'm sure everyone's noticed a bigger buildup of dead bees on the trailer deck when a load is moving on a hot day compared to a rainy one, especially with strong colonies. What I'm wondering...
  4. Re: management software for commercial beekeeping operation (5,000 hives+)

    I think breeding might be an issue that needs to be focused on separately in order to make a really useful commercial beekeeping application. My thinking is that it just adds too much complexity to...
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    Re: Youngster trying to make a go

    Don't know about everyone else but I use the 1 gallon Mann lake frame feeders and I don't think I'd want anything bigger in my hives, especially when it comes to singles. The cap and ladders are...
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    Re: 12 volt Electric feed pump

    I had one with a cheaper motor, it worked flawlessly for the first six hours at which point it blew up, I drove to TSC and grabbed a 2" water pump with the red Honda motor (Red is important, the...
  7. Re: Opposite of feeding. Killing bees for honey production

    We winter hives up here that are so full of bees that you couldn't fit another one in either brood chamber just fine with 5+ months of well below zero weather. Guys out west get them through worse. ...
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    Re: Moving bees at night w or w/o nets

    If it's the law I would just plead ignorance... Netting sucks and generally nobody knows about the laws surrounding bees. Ratchet straps on the other hand are a great idea.
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    Re: Moving bees at night w or w/o nets

    Just have a smoker going. Usually don't even need a veil unless you shake a pallet somehow. Also when being pulled over with bees on turn on as many lights as your truck has, it will shorten the...
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    Re: Culling Brood Combs

    You wouldn't want to reuse any part of the frames I cull. Fire works well.
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    Re: Commercial Beek gifts

    Forklifts can be engraved too you know...
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    Re: Splitting/Equalizing 6 weeks before the flow

    Yeah, they will grow significantly faster in those temps as well
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    Re: Splitting/Equalizing 6 weeks before the flow

    What time of year are you considering the start of the flow?
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    Re: Splitting/Equalizing 6 weeks before the flow

    You won't typically get as much honey from a split as a big production colony... For a hive to make 200 lbs in our climate for instance that third box on top should be wall to wall with bees. You...
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    Re: Splitting/Equalizing 6 weeks before the flow

    Depends on a lot of factors. Do you have drawn comb for the rest of the frames? If so four frames of wall to wall capped brood would probably be close to a good production colony in 6 weeks. Keep...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    I really think you'll be further ahead knocking your queens back a bit and splitting out of a stronger colony... A monster hive can have brood robbed just about weekly as long as you don't get too...
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    Re: re-queening strong hives

    Is that to say you had 100% success on the ones that didn't tear your cells down? Did you have a marked queen in the beginning and an unmarked one a few weeks later?
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    Winter Feed Consumption

    So winterís dragging itís heels going out this year and I have a whack of strong singles with a few frames of brood in them and itís concerning me about how much food they might burn through. ...
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    Re: requeening / making splits on 4-way pallets

    I've done it on 6 way pallets randomly oriented with good success... Even made up 12 nucs on a 6 way as an experiment (divider board in the middle of each box and a dadoed piece of wood separating...
  20. Re: Cowen 60 Sump In floor or On floor Opinions needed

    The sump I use is about a 135 gallon infloor model with about a 16"x16" piece dropped below the base of the pan by 1-1/2" in one corner where the pump sits. The whole pan has fall to that corner and...
  21. Thread: Taylor Queens

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    Re: Taylor Queens

    That queen is likely to be dead by spring either way, only difference is whether you let the hive go with it. Look at it as a cost of early expansion in Canada. Maybe try requeening half and see...
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    Re: Taylor Queens

    I got a couple hundred Olivarez Italians to make the deadline for pollination last year and was pretty impressed with their buildup, can't speak to their wintering yet though. I really think that...
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    Re: Pattie supplements

    What's the problem with using sugar syrup so long as the volumes are adjusted correctly?

    I saw the results of the OBA tech transfer study and the gap between that recipe and global and the third...
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    Re: Pattie supplements

    Ian have you tried this recipe? We made around 10,000 lbs of it this spring (First attempt at making protein patties ever) and found we had to almost double the amount of water called for in the...
  25. Re: If gas prices stay low ($2/gal. aver.) what impact will it have for you as a BKP

    I'm just not sure if fuel is a big enough cost percentage wise in a beekeeping operation to affect the sorts of things a beekeeper does to their hives the way it affects big construction outfits and...
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