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    Re: Drone escape on pollen trap

    Yes, 5/16th is large enough for a drone escape. As a matter of fact, 1/4" is large enough. We have sold thousands of Sundance Pollen Traps and we ship them around the world. If anyone is having...
  2. Re: When is a telescoping cover better than a migratory cover

    Many years ago a better beekeeper than I taught me to throw out the inner covers and substitute plastic feed bags. The bees won't chew them nor glue them tight to the frames and they facilitate...
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    Re: Does June / July Nucs survive ? NJ

    I hope you got some advice at your local meeting that makes you feel comfortable. I happen to feel that a nuc is better for beginners than a package. But an April package would mean you would have...
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    Re: Pollen trap parts?

    The Sundance traps with the rear opening drawer are still being made and are about 2/3rds of our Sundance sales.

    Lloyd
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    Re: Pollen trap parts?

    I know the Betterbee width as I sell them their wire. The width is 36".
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    Re: Creamed honey equipment

    Fritz has all the equipment for mixing, labeling, packaging, and adding various ingredients. They speak excellent English.
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    Re: Pollen trap parts?

    Betterbee has 5 mesh wire. www.betterbee.com.
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    Re: Creamed honey equipment

    The best in Europe is made by Fritz in Germany. We made about 10,000 pounds a year. Fritz's equipment makes from 100 kg to 600 kg in a batch. Here is a reference to the 100 kg. ...
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    Re: Insulation under hive cover

    The bubble wrap will prevent the warm moist air from the cluster reaching the cold inside of the outer cover. Were it to do so, the moisture would condense and cause 'rain' to fall on the...
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    Re: Nuc prices for 2016

    My strong five-frame nucs go for $170 in May. Overwintered nucs for $210 and up. Five frame nucs contain at least 3 frames of brood and one frames of honey/pollen. Usually 3+ frames of brood. ...
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    Re: Filling Machine or not?

    I bought a Swienty about 6-8 years ago and subsequently found it was identical to a Nassenheider, except that it had a different name plate. I have no idea how the price compared to that offered by...
  12. Re: Overwintering ? - moisture control and inner cover

    We don't try to absorb moisture, we try to prevent warm moist air from reaching the underside of the outer cover where it might condense and 'rain' on the cluster, and also provide a means for the...
  13. Re: Whats the advantage of registering your hives?

    Could not agree more. Too much water under the bridge.
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    Re: Decappers?? Thinking Ahead

    The only piece of equipment I don't have is a spinner, but I'd love to have one. The models costing about $10,000 work great, but I can't justify that. How does the Maxant Jr. work? I've heard...
  15. Re: Whats the advantage of registering your hives?

    Mark's points are valid. We need less government in our lives, not more. IMO the AFB 'scare' is just that...and certainly not something that 'government' should or could control.

    While we have...
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    Re: Maxant Tank Top Strainer

    When we stopped selling retail, in December 2013, we sold the strainer along with most of our other equipment so I can't post a picture. I suggest you contact Maxant, www.maxantindustries.com, and...
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    Re: Frame type for cut comb

    The pins will certainly help, especially if using mediums or deeps. But they are a pain in the neck to use and if one uses split top bars and comb honey frames they are unnecessary.

    Some...
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    Re: Observations from the bee inspector.

    As in everything, there are good inspectors and not so good inspectors. When I retired from the corporate world, I was encouraged to become a NYS inspector by those that inspected my hives over the...
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    Re: Frame type for cut comb

    Split top bar is the only way to go! It is much less work than wedge top bar, and leads to far fewer accidents because the cells of adjoining frames get attached. Kelley still makes these, I bought...
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    Re: 2016 April/May Spring Nucs FL/PA

    As part of your description you said " A freshly mated queen, on brood of her own heritage." Does that mean that 100% of the brood in each nuc will be from the queen included in the nuc?

    Where...
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    Re: Maxant Tank Top Strainer

    We no longer retail honey, so I do not have to strain as I used to. That said, for more than 20 years I used the tank top strainer for both the 30 gallon and the 42 gallon tanks as the tank...
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    Re: Swienty Equipment

    Try Propolis, Etc. in Canada. http://propolis-etc.com/swienty/
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    Re: Info on 12 frame Dadant Hives

    I started with the Dadant jumbo boxes and to this day I think the accompanying supers (7 5/8) are the best! For those who don't know, the frames for the Dadant Jumbos are the same length and width,...
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    Jig for assembling deeps

    It seems to me that many years ago I came across a company selling a jig that would keep the four sides of a deep both together and square while it was being nailed/stapled. We are in the process of...
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    Re: Decappers?? Thinking Ahead

    A couple of thoughts:

    1. Don't underestimate what you can do with a knife. If you haven't all ready, get a hot knife heated by electricity. Kelley used to make their own, and may still. Most...
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