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    Re: Mites7 chickens

    I've heard chickens are a good IPM control for Small Hive Beetle as they pupate in the soil but I don't have first hand experience with that.
    Won't have any effect on other mites although we do cut...
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    Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    Here's why I switched back to sugar only from HFCS.
    http://www.beeculture.com/storycms/index.cfm?cat=Story&recordID=686

    As I said in an earlier post, anecdotaly the girls seem healthier. They...
  3. Thread: Hive spacing

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    Re: Hive spacing

    For a permanent apiary further back is better. The closer they are, from a flight path point of view, the more they'll tend to drift toward the first row. If all in a single row they'll tend to drift...
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    Re: a little help please

    The books say there's never more than one queen in a colony...guess the girls didn't read the book cuz I've seen two queens lots of times. A couple times even on the same side of the same frame. In...
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    Re: Hive dipping - beeswax only

    I've used 50/50 beeswax/linseed oil. There's apparently no u/v protection as it hasn't held up as well as a good coat of paint. The only guy I know who used pure beeswax for his boxes is a commercial...
  6. Thread: Syrup pump

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    Re: Syrup pump

    I bought a new fuel tank and rigged a hatch for filling/mixing that is air tight when closed. I also put a air connection on the tank and hooked it up to air on my truck (through a pressure regulator...
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    Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    I was using HFCS but started to hear bad things so did a little research and subsequently switched to sugar. HFCS at that time was slightly cheaper, but I had to drive a ways to get it. Not...
  8. Re: Combining extra packages into existing hives?

    Steve Parks. Great guy! I don't remember how many extra (both pkgs and queens) he sends but I've always felt he's MORE than generous. I haul pkgs for me and one or two others. Truck hauls around 400...
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    Re: Bee suit vs. jeans and ls shirt

    If I'm just looking at a couple or putting together an obs hive, just a veil. If I'm going thru several and the weather is favorable I'll wear a pollinators jacket. If I'm going through whole yards...
  10. Re: Combining extra packages into existing hives?

    We're always sent extra pkgs when we buy replacements in the spring. Riley is right, they always go in their own box just like any other pkg. By the time one or more of the other pkgs don't take, or...
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    Re: Commercial Hive Maintenance

    Yes! Since your hives pay for all of this, all of this becomes part of cost per hive.
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    Re: Commercial Hive Maintenance

    Starting off with any business you have an office space. Maybe even a building.
    You have office expenses. Computer, software, paper, pens, adding machine, etc.
    Advertising expense if you do any....
  13. Re: Commercial and Sideline only- Why do you stay in the bees?

    I know it's a bit off topic :ot: but I have to comment on the above statement. I realize different things are happening in different parts of the country so here's what's happened in WA in just my...
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    Re: Commercial Hive Maintenance

    Don't short yourself on what it costs to maintain colonies. Replacement bees, replacement woodenware, meds, feed, automobile expense, office expense, building maintenance/repair, depreciable assets,...
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    Re: Commercial Hive Maintenance

    Google "National Honey Report". The first option on the list is a PDF version of the latest report. Included in the report is a survey, conducted by Mike Burgett of Oregon State U., of Pacific...
  16. Thread: cleaning wax

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    Re: cleaning wax

    Seems like every year I try something different...any way I've tried it always seems like more work than it should be.:scratch:
    I first put my cappings in a plastic pail with a honey gate. I put...
  17. Thread: soap recipe?

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    Re: soap recipe?

    You can add honey and/or beeswax to most any soap recipe. The honey is added at trace and one recipe I have I add 3.7 oz honey to 91oz of base oils. Part of the base oils in that same recipe is...
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    Re: Stapler question

    I have staplers in 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" and 1" crowns. All are Senco. The 1/4" crown is 20 yrs old and I'm guessing has shot over 1 million staples. Replaced a broken driver blade once and the o-ring kit...
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    Re: Stapler question

    Most all (that I've tried anyway) are a similar yellow/gold color. Most all (again, that I've tried) have a coating that literally hot glues the fas'ner :doh: in place. About the only exception I can...
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    Re: Stapler question

    I've tried numerous brands of fasteners (been in construction for 24) in several different brands of guns. I've had nothing but problems with grip rite fas'ners. To me the name says it...
  21. Re: Commercial and Sideline only- Why do you stay in the bees?

    Almost too many reasons to list but here's a few:
    -The challenge of managing a multi-faceted business.
    -The variety. Every year is different and every season has something different to do.
    -The...
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    Re: Bee Hive Entrance Height?

    I use 5/16"-3/8" on everything. My conversion program says that's 7.94mm-9.53mm in New Zealand:cool: Yep, 5/16" keeps MOST of the mice out, but every once in a while...
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    Re: Pickup truck mounted crane and gear advice?

    WI-beek, you can make your own. I did.
    http://picasaweb.google.com/wabeeman/HiveLoader#
    It's hard to see in these pics but the chair (at least that's what I call it) is made from 3/4" sch40 pipe,...
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    Re: Making nuc ends with a table saw

    It depends on workpiece size and the strength of your hands and your hands proximity to the blade. Smaller workpieces are fairly easy hold by hand (as long as it's not so small it puts your hands...
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    Re: Making nuc ends with a table saw

    Concrete-bees, it looks like you and I are both familiar with the finer medical establishments of the greater Seattle area. Not really something to brag about though :(

    Yep, the right tool is...
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