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    Re: Does anyone use apistan?

    You will not be able to tell how effective the apistan is unless you do one of those usda test procedures. They require some effort to do. I the meantime it appears as if you are getting some results...
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    Re: whats going on here?

    EFB.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    MAQS fastest way to kill every mite, and likely the colony. In my experience with formic acid, it is very hard on bees that have high mite loads. From the pictures, these bees have heavy mite loads....
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    Re: Business decision

    If the banks are willing to lend you money take advantage of it. The cost of borrowing is at it's lowest point. The demand is very high for bees on pollination. Honey prices are very good. Even if...
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    Re: Business decision

    The next step is get up to 500 hives if you think you can make a go things with 500 hives. If you can afford the land fine, only to put buildings up in the future. You likely do not have cash on...
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    Re: Hopguard 2 did not work

    Half cup of bees is 250 - 300 individuals? Does not look like you got good control. Did you sample from open frames of brood both times? I have no experience with the product but you may have saved...
  7. Re: Help needed for wintering bees in the Horn of Africa

    I do not see the point in combining hives. The temperatures are certainly warm enough. If they are short on food then feed them. You can place an empty box on top of the hive then a container with...
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    Re: Thinning/feeding thick corn syrup?

    It is a digestibility issue and my understanding is avoid it at all times. I do not know the specifics of it though.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: Thinning/feeding thick corn syrup?

    Acid converted syrup is a very good way to kill honeybees. You want enzyme converted syrup for honeybees.

    Jean-Marc
  10. Re: Canadian prairie and northern US honey crop outlook

    So Ian, much food coming off those blooms?

    Jean-Marc
  11. Re: Canadian prairie and northern US honey crop outlook

    JRG13: Caspian works as promised but it is not a one time usage product that will solve all the bee problems. It is a feeding regime that can solve many beekeeping problems.

    Jean-Marc
  12. Re: Canadian prairie and northern US honey crop outlook

    Tell me Ian, is that clover producing nectar and or pollen? I believe there has been a killing frost in the area. My understanding is that after that event plants do not recover and no longer produce...
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    Re: Open Feeding (Open Feeders) methods

    tefer: the key is to have a large surface area for every hive you plan to feed. Any container will do. Allen uses the ones he has because they are readily available and are large.

    Barrels are...
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    Re: Wax rendering

    Walter Kelly used to and maybe still does sell a hydraulic wax press. Wax went in burlap sacs and was squeezed out by the press.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: Wax rendering

    I have seen them using steam in a dairy tank. It has always appeared as an excessively messy job. For me it seems like wax rendering is chasing the last pennies and it is associated with the...
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    Re: Mark's new Honey Label

    I like the label Mark. It is very likely that I never buy any of your honey, unless you came knocking at my door.

    So what happens if it is a huge marketing success and you run out of honey after...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    My machine is on hold for now. Might get electric one after all. I could set that one up in the garage of the crew house. I have an electrician coming over Thursday to see what can be done. Low noise...
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    Re: Cowen uncapper modified with flails

    I think Ralph is indeed pretty long in the tooth. His son is around and in the packing business. I think Ralph might be able to help if you asked nicely and were not in a hurry.:)

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    Ian, I will send pictures. That will require that I join 2014. Not really with it when it comes to this. Working on it.

    David, I figured bigger is better. Nice to hear that a 900 pound batch is...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    Broke down and ordered a skookum Imer 750 with the 13 hp gas motor :) Time to turn in our spades. Electricity would have been an issue. It might be slightly overkill but would hate to be under...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    Mark T:

    Just guessing but I think your machine can handle about 80-100 pound batches. How long does it take to mix all the ingredients once the switch is hit? 5 min? 10 min?

    I also imagine it...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    Thanks for the input Keith.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    Sounds like a serious rig. I will have to get set up better. We just feed too much to not have good equipment to get the job done quickly. Good thing honey is $2.00 plus a pound.

    You recommend any...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    thanks David. Sounds like you have a big machine or several smaller units Keith. Kinda like extracting with several radials. Some are being filled some mixing some removing?

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: Ez lift hive cart

    David of beebotanical.com makes one. I do not own one. Probably should. Looks like the boxes need cleats so the forks can lift under. Unfortunately that is not my case.

    Jean-Marc
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