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    Re: speeding up filtering?

    A settling tank made out of a barrel is probably the cheapest even buying a stainless bulkhead fitting so you can put it in yourself. Plastic barrels are cheap at the coke plant usually. Build a...
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    Re: Dadant extractor lower reel bearing

    I got my bearing and got it in this morning for less than $20. Now I don't have to wonder when it is going out. Should be years now at my volumes. Now my at least third hand extractor is probably...
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    Re: need help choosing an extractor

    Choose a used extractor. Each extractor wears out several beekeepers. I am currently putting new bearings in the 30 frame dadant with the automatic advance that I bought three years ago for far ...
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    Re: Dadant extractor lower reel bearing

    I do and the number crosses and they have two. Now I can try to pull it and it won't matter if I hurt it because they have two. Thanks for your advice.
  5. Re: What woods are the best for making your own woodenware?

    The best wood available here is ponderosa pine or Douglas fir. I have heard southern white pine or cypress are good woods in the south.
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    Dadant extractor lower reel bearing

    Anyone know where I can find one faster than ordering from dadant? A thirty frame extractor and I have torn it down to clean and check before starting to extract. The sealed bearing is a little...
  7. Thread: New Bees

    by Vance G
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    Re: New Bees

    I think the large interest in bees is nothing new. Before Varroa Distructor came in country and smashed the majority of hobbyists, there were more bees in the country than now. This is as much a...
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    Re: Mass Drone Ejections

    I have never seen workers sting drones but It the evictions are not something I spend a lot of time watching. It is a completely normal behavior in bees.
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    Re: Feeding supplements?

    I would avoid long term feeding of honeybeehealthy or lemon grass oil or wintergreen oil or oil of oregano or spearmint oil or any other additive. They all alter the bees gut bacteria and I never...
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    Re: New Queen, Dead Pupae

    Look at the eyes of the pupae to see if they may be drone larvae. Time for some male killing maybe. Were the larvae nice and white or browning at all? Hard to say what is causing it but I would...
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    Re: Is comb building over?

    Still on a flow here and bees are drawing ML PF frames at a good rate.
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    Re: To take honey or not first year package

    If two deeps full is not enough in Mississippi, what is enough? Take your super of honey.
  13. Re: Honey comb everywhere, larvea everywhere, whats going on?!

    What you are describing is a very over full and crowded bee hive! If you saw swarm cells, they are about ready to leave, at least most of them. Did you ever super them or did some bozo tell you...
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    Re: montana beekeepers (legislation)

    There is no new law just regulators assuming power by re interpreting existing laws and changing well defined and easily understood exemptions granted hobbyist beekeepers. Contact your legislator...
  15. Re: So should queenless small split just be left to dwindle out?

    Shake them out on the grass several yards away from the rest of the hives. They will beg their way in to the other hives where they will be prevented from harming the queens. If you want to take...
  16. Thread: Canola picture

    by Vance G
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    Re: Canola picture

    As was pointed out to me about honey quality; the man said, " I can sell that! I can't sell empty".
  17. Re: Best method to extract just a few frames on plastic foundation

    That looks like an easy build actually and with a five gallon bucket, you are home! Just don't scrape the valuable comb off the frame. Enjoy the honey! Run it all thru a clean pantyhose as a cheap...
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    Re: montana beekeepers (legislation)

    The LAW is plainly written with exemptions for all those selling honey at farmers markets and such. The LAW only required inspected facilities if one was selling units in the twenty some thousand ...
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    Re: montana beekeepers (legislation)

    Montana currently has clearly written exemptions for hobbyist beekeeper honey sales, gramma making cookies and breads and soap makers all who the clean brown shirts want to bring under their thumb. ...
  20. Re: Does the frame need to be completely capped before extracting

    They are probably fine. Most certainly would be in my low humidity world. Most figure eighty pct capped is good.
  21. Re: great new Opportunity need advice on capitalization?

    Ian didnt you know one could solve all agricultural problems by driving accross Long Island and talking to an agricultural extension officer in New Jersey?
  22. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    Like water off a ducks back Mr Lyons. They are blind who will not see.
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    Re: Styrofoam Hives

    Bees love to disassemble Styrofoam unless you protect it with something. Short term til it gets a hole in it, shrink wrap works well. Duct tape it on. Foam mating nucs work well and keep small...
  24. Re: Looked like bees were swarming, but then they died on side of hive in a few minut

    Folks in the south have all the fun! I don't have bees at home so I doubt I would see such behavior demonstrated anyway. I wonder if this is also a Russian genetics thing.
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    Re: Hygienic behavior?

    The aborting of drone brood happens when the bees are not bringing in any nectar or pollen and the colony stops having reproductive urges. If the vast majority of the dead outside are drones, I...
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