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  1. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    Of course you are right ,Jim. I should have read the whole thread rather than just jumping in. Saw a chance to whine a little,lol.

    Mark, those gov reports are sometimes funny. I read it every...
  2. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    >> individual beekeepers report they expect their honey production to drop by half to three quarters or more. The
    drought has reduced the native plants and crops from which bees collect pollen.<<
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer

    Yep, its all in how much you need to mix up. There was a time when we mixed 'sub in a tub' with a stick.Its easy enough to figure how many hives times how many lbs needed. Then the time factor will...
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    Re: Flatbed Build Ideas

    Thanks acbz. Will be watching for them.

    Allen, I never heard of a rope ratchet either. Been using truckers hitches forever. Thanks for that tip Keith.
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    About 2nd generation beekeeping businesses: I have heard of some that ran the business into the ground pretty quickly. Others have held what dad started and expanded it .I am sure of one thing...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer

    >>Ben, you could always rent a mixer for a day. or Why not have Keith ship you a pallet. ltl isnt bad... <<

    Good options, but trucking might be a killer. Always hear good reports about his sub....
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    Re: Flatbed Build Ideas

    Keith, when I pass one of the Parks convoys on I-5 going to almonds, they are all roped down. That surprised me as I thought straps were required by the CHP. (i still carry ropes for some things...
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    Re: Flatbed Build Ideas

    acbz-Could you explain that in more detail, or take some pics?
    Always looking for faster options.
    --Mike
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer

    Ben, you really need something where the mixing paddles turn, not the drum.I used 2 of these for years...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer

    Ben, I bought one of these after MarkT talked about it in this thread:http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?303632-Pollen-sub-mixer
    Got it off...
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    Re: Flatbed Build Ideas

    Had to clean up a similar mess yesterday. Didn't fall off the truck,just the front wheel of the swinger went up on a dirt mound I didn't see and threw 8 doubles into a heap. Wife grabbed the smoker...
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    Re: Fall flow vs mite treatments

    >>All beekeeping is relative to location, but we aim to have our meds on by August 1st.
    REGARDLESS OF ALL ELSE!!<<

    Thats my deadline too, and I mostly made it this year. You can sure tell the...
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    Re: Configuration of almond bee boxes

    We are starting to get a few rainstorms now. The ground is wet , but there has been 0 runoff from this area . Mt Shasta has snow finally.Hard to tell what winter will bring, but it needs to be a LOT...
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    Re: Configuration of almond bee boxes

    I know, its an observation we all have made. I was just pointing out that its easier to squeeze a few more bucks out of the growers if they are doing really good as opposed to ones that aren't!
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    Re: Configuration of almond bee boxes

    And they drive nicer trucks too. Which is good, cause if they do good ,so do I :thumbsup:
  16. Re: new OAV device seems easier to work with & easy to make-no pics yet

    Looks like a winner.
    Thanks for a great idea.What did you use for the extension that clamps to the heatgun?
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    Re: Configuration of almond bee boxes

    Who wouldn't?:)

    And just imagine how much better they would look in double deeps:rolleyes:
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    Re: Building Brood Before Almond Pollination

    Heres a formula for success!
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    Re: Labor Cost Overwintering Bees In California?

    Jumbos,lol. Never went there, but did think about it once...

    Hive configuration has been a subject for much thought and discussion over the years. A friend with a few thousand deep/mediums said if...
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    Re: Labor Cost Overwintering Bees In California?

    In 37 years of going to almonds, we have taken 8 frame double deeps, 10 frame double deeps. 2 and 3 mediums,deep/mediums. The only thing that mattered then , and now , is how many bees are in the...
  21. Re: It Was Like Alfred Hitchcock's "The Bees"

    The bees are hungry after our long dry 'Summer from Hell'.If they get a taste of syrup, thousands are showing up here hoping for more.The syrup truck just left , and you should see the bees around...
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    Re: Ez lift hive cart

    The one from Mann Lake will work on boxes with or without cleats. It has spring clips that fit inside the cut handholds. I have found it to be very handy when there is no help available to fill in...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    Nice, but expensive. So, one would want to have more info before plunking down that kind of cash.
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    The hand held mixer does work great for stirring syrup in totes , though.

    "turning and turning.."
    Yep, me too. I start mixing with 2 of those at first light, and get around 900 lbs mixed before...
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    Re: Trailer Axel #'s for forklifts

    Thats a nice looking trailer. Gonna get one like that with next years almond money. There are a few places in CA that build them.Pricey, but hey , you need a tax write off dont you?

    A friend that...
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