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  1. Thread: Maxant?

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    Re: Maxant?

    We have a 16 gallon Maxant bottling tank and really like it. My main reason for going with the 16 was due to space and I could also use common 5 gallon paint filters for this size vs having to buy...
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    Re: Share Your Website

    our website is in my sig,
  3. Re: Thinking ahead to spring and how to arrange new hives

    I use deeps like Konrad. In early spring they are ramping up quickly in our area and using nucs just adds more work since they outgrow them quickly.
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    Re: Foundations--The best way

    not with the medium supers. i do with the deeps but not enough to worry about it.
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    Re: Tour Maxant Industries

    very nice. agree, Jake is excellent to work with as are the other guys there. Great quality equipment and considering adding a spinner to the lineup this year.
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    Re: Foundations--The best way

    If I have to add foundation weeks ahead of a flow due to the large number of frames I have sitting in front of me, I will either use a spur embedder or electronic embedder but if I am setting supers...
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    Re: Foundations WHEN ?

    I second what Vance mentioned. I try to save foundation till the very last moment before placing on hives. Sometimes ordering foundation during cold weather will increase the chance of chips in the...
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    Re: Bees and Chickens

    our chickens don't mess with our bees. i have even given them some frames that had some wax larva in them with a few bees attached and they did not eat the bees on the frame.
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    Re: Is now the time to feed pollen patties?

    started feeding megabee 2 weeks ago here in NC. put on 2nd and last round of patties yesterday. our maples should pop next week. I base putting my patties out about 3-4 before maples bloom. for that...
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    Re: Dadant vs maxant

    you are going to enjoy your new Maxant. I have a Maxant extractor and recently bought their bottling tank. I echo the positive customer service experience already mentioned above and Jake is great to...
  11. Thread: extraction

    by shughes
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    Re: extraction

    we did a small extraction in May to resupply our honey sales efforts then we usually do our large extraction in mid to late June which is normally Tulip Poplar with some American Holly. Weather was a...
  12. Thread: extraction

    by shughes
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    extraction

    we extracted our American Holly and Tulip Poplar supers this past weekend. I updated our website with pictures from both the harvest and honey house activities:
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    Re: Blue sky 18 frame extractor

    i had my maxant 1400 shipped to my primary work address since commercial rates are typically cheaper then shipping to a residential address.
  14. Thread: Maxant 1400PL

    by shughes
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    Re: Maxant 1400PL

    I have enjoyed my 1400. 20framers are also a great all around size.

    Now I am itching to get my new Maxant bottling tank. Started bottling wedding favors last night and keep thinking of that nice...
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    Re: Maxant & Blue Sky

    yep, nothing but good experiences for me with Maxant.

    i have to agree with the first poster on frustrations with some bee companies. i converged to a few bee companies i can depend on. what is...
  16. Re: Hobby Extractor advise needed, Datant or SAF or ?

    my first extractor was a hand crank 9 frame radial that had a lot of plastic on it. while it was easier on the bank account, for myself it was not one of the better equipment decisions i have made...
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    Re: How long from swarm to eggs and brood

    there are lots of variables that can effect when you will see eggs. i typically give them a couple weeks before checking. i don't like to disturb swarms and risk losing them.
  18. Thread: Swarm cells

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    Re: Swarm cells

    Our main flow starts around April 24th...so my referenced dates are centered around that big flow. Our main swarm period is about 2 weeks before April 24th (roughly). We also sometimes have a small...
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    Re: My swarm where do I put them?

    if you can move them a mile away i find that is best but if you don't have two bee yards that can be impractical and just add extra work.

    I place a queen includer on my swarms for at least a...
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    Re: Bucket Swarm Catcher

    i originally had a swarm bucket made in the same fashion as the one from Brushy. I found after many uses that the base of the bucket was getting weak and eventually cracked on swarms that took some...
  21. Thread: Drones

    by shughes
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    Re: Drones

    my guess is they probably can't fly efficiently yet but if you check a 10-20 feet radius around your hives then you might find other drones crawling that unsuccessfully tried to take flight off the...
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    Re: My two new hives

    congrats on your new hives. they are both sounding good.

    agree with AmericasBeekeeper, you can release the queen after three days in the cage. set the cage up on the top bars and inspect how the...
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    Re: Benefits of Using Marked Queens

    When I was starting out I used to mark my queens for reasons stated already but now only mark queens for buyers who request a marked queen. Finding the marked queen loses some of its early advantages...
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    Re: Extractor Advice

    I really enjoy my Maxant 20 frame radial. Its a great size for reasons already mentioned above. Quality was also one of my main goals and feel comfortable saying that goal was met.
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    Re: Nectar flow in NC

    ornamental holly has been the big one here for past 10 days. yes, its a wonderful scent in the evening. this is the first year I have had a substantial amount. my strongest hives have two supers...
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