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  1. Thread: hive scale

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    Re: hive scale

    http://www.betterbee.com/Products/Hive-Tools-and-Accessories/Fischers-Nectar-Detector

    Sorry to make problems for everyone, but we did make a mistake in the spelling of Fischers, and was asked to...
  2. Thread: An opportunity

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    Re: An opportunity

    There is a large plot of old growth forest with a research station on it.

    There has been a cataloging of local insects on this plot. You do not know what they found. You have not personally seen...
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    Re: Tracheal Mites Must Be Extinct......

    We made a trip to Beltsville last year when we were down that way to talk at a meeting. There was an intern that was doing all of their sampling for tracheal mites. I felt really bad for him as he...
  4. Re: Free Shipping Rant (Beekeeping Equipment Big Box Stores)

    Thanks for making this point. Here at Betterbee we just finished having the "free shipping" discussion, as it is a trend among other suppliers and we were feeling some pressure to jump on the...
  5. Re: Will bee roll test work with window screen rather than #8 Hardware cloth?

    At the Betterbee Field Days, Dennis vanEnglesdorp from University of Maryland and Bee Informed Partnership talked about mites. His thought was that if you had a chance to treat for mites, you...
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    Re: What type of Nail Gun and Staple Gun

    To assemble boxes, we use a nail gun that holds collated nails. The way they are collated does seem to be important for the picky beekeeper. We use nails that probably fit between 7D and 8D (they...
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    Re: Do robbing screens work?

    I might be missing it from the photo, but where do the bees go in and out?

    The purpose of a robber screen is to move the entrance from the expected spot (that the robbers would be flying to) a...
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    Re: Extraction question

    Foulbrood is a bacteria that forms a spore that is very resistant to most things short of fire.

    The spores can be left in wax or propolis that is left in the extractor. If you then got that wax...
  9. Re: Italian 20 frame extractor... pretty is it not?

    Something you might not have seen yet is the Lyson line of equipment just introduced to the USA.
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  10. Betterbee is now carrying Lyson Honey Processing Equipment

    Lyson is a Polish company that manufactures and distributes beekeeping supplies. Their primary business has been in Europe. Betterbee is now their USA distributor.

    Betterbee found Lyson during...
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    Re: INSTALLING HONEY GATE ON 5 GALLON BUCKET

    Keep in mind there are different sized honey gates out there (we carry 3 different ones). Might be best to wait until you have the gate in hand to start drilling.

    Chris Cripps
    chris@betterbee.com
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    Re: Feeling "ripped off"

    First, thanks for all the good words about Betterbee. We are trying hard to bring quality items at good prices with as low as possible shipping. We have negotiated extensively with Fedex for good...
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    Re: Sanitizing Honey Jars

    I asked about this as well since I had some jars that had this at home. I did not realize it, but glass is like beeswax in that it will bloom.

    That fine mist is a silica bloom. It tends to...
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    Re: Sanitizing Honey Jars

    This question has developed quite a thread, but I will add a little anyways. I talked to the folks at Gamber to get some of the facts.

    They recommend NOT washing NEW glass or plastic containers....
  15. Thread: scale for honey

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    Re: scale for honey

    I think more to the question would be if someone is selling 25% moisture honey as honey and the person buying it has no idea it is anything other than honey grade that is typically sold by beekeepers...
  16. Thread: scale for honey

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    Re: scale for honey

    When you look at the history of food an laws in the US, try to think of what things were like prior to Upton Sinclair. There was a huge need then for regulation of food and its sale. Now, a lot of...
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    Betterbee Field Days June 28 2014

    Betterbee will be hosting the annual field day on June 28, 2014 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. All are welcome, but pre-registration is required either on the website...
  18. Re: Install of Package Bees using "Hansen Method" Bees not leaving package

    Hopefully dumping the bees over the queen and removing the bottom box will get your bees installed.

    Another thing that has not been mentioned is the possibility of a second queen in the package....
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    Re: NJ.. Will I ever get my nukes?

    Michael Palmer said "Better to go by their schedule than mine."

    I met people that were getting packages (not nucs) at the Southern Adirondack (NY) Beekeeping Association extravaganza in the middle...
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    Re: Day 1 and everyone is dead. What happened?

    Sorry to hear about your bad experiences. You have not gotten a straight answer on the covers, so I will try to explain that for you.

    The inner cover is meant to provide a bee space between the...
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    Re: beekeeping is fun!

    These gloves are similar to dish washing gloves. The disposable nitrile gloves that Betterbee offers come in a box and are usually sold to dairy farmers for milkers to wear while milking. They are...
  22. Thread: creamed honey

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    Re: creamed honey

    That was not a part of our inspections/interviews. They did ask about sources of honey. There was no mention that we needed to have any id numbers or lot numbers. Our repacked honey is basically...
  23. Thread: creamed honey

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    Re: creamed honey

    At Betterbee, we have been inspected by state and federal inspectors even though we repack and sell a very small amount of honey, and do not produce any flavored honey. The state requires anyone...
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    Re: Michael Palmer double nucs

    If you get screwy shipping figures, give us a call. Sometimes there are breakpoints on weight that we can help navigate. We don't understand them all, nor does our Fedex rep.
    Chris@Betterbee.com
  25. Thread: Bee Culture ?

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    Re: Bee Culture ?

    I am not a subscriber to the digital Bee Culture, mine comes on paper, so I am not familiar with their rules. If you can print an article, you could print it into a pdf file also. CutePDF and...
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