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    Re: Wintering weights for colonies

    Nancy, I don't really know if 'too much honey' can really be a problem but it has been a standard warning. There are two points made. One is that if the box is too jammed the bees can have...
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    Re: Wintering weights for colonies

    Nancy,

    Roger Morse did a lot of work on wintering weights in Ithaca. He was of the view that 60 lbs. of honey was about right; too much more could actually be harmful, and too much less might...
  3. Re: Overwintering Nuc Question:::

    Please keep in mind that things are different in Vancouver than in MO, and I am in Albany NY. About the same conditions as Mike P, but considerably colder than either MO or Vancouver. Moreover, I...
  4. Re: Overwintering Nuc Question:::

    A couple of thoughts that may be helpful:
    1. It is very important that newbees mostly succeed. Yet, overwintering nucs is very difficult. Please don't try it unless you are truly prepared for it...
  5. Re: Sundance side drawer pollen trap

    Do you use pallet clips? If you do, the normal side drawer Sundance traps will not fit on the clips. However, we make Sundance traps to fit on clips as a special order. Talk to your dealer.
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    Re: Comb Honey Knife

    I agree with Tom...I don't understand the emphasis on serrated blades. The comb is super easy to cut and does not want to crush (as does bread, which I associate most with serrated blades). It is...
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    Re: Comb Honey Knife

    I agree with Michael. When I used to go to more conferences there seemed to always be someone selling paring knives with blades made from old band saw blades. These are not stainless, but can be...
  8. Re: preparing hive for Sundance II pollen trap

    As to whether someone can just remove the drawer and let the pollen fall into the hive...

    Maybe...below the drawer is an 8-mesh screen. The purpose of this is to prevent the bees from entering...
  9. Re: preparing hive for Sundance II pollen trap

    Yes, the bees can really fit though that screen! Easily, in fact. I'd follow Vance's notes, except it should not be necessary to move the hives. You may want to prop open your inner cover with two...
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    Re: Bees in pollen trap

    I agree with Michael Bush. It sounds as if you might have emptied the drawer before, and bees were not there. If so, I'd be suspicious of a crack remaining when you last shut the drawer. I've done...
  11. Re: First day harvesting pollen. Is this massive bearding normal?

    Thanks for sticking with it...I didn't think you would be disappointed. And it only gets better from here. Lots more pollen collected, and lots less bearding and other confusion.

    Lloyd
  12. Re: First day harvesting pollen. Is this massive bearding normal?

    I really don't think it appropriate to make comments to each of the posts, so I will not. But I will say that I personally use 8-10 top mount Sundance traps every summer and do not have the...
  13. Re: Top mount Sundance II Pollen Trap Question

    Well it is hard to say 'never', I would have difficulty believing we ever made a trap with nine escapes. It also sounds as if the drawer glides were either missing or were made improperly...

    I...
  14. Re: Top mount Sundance II Pollen Trap Question

    I suspect your local dealer has never seen a Sundance Top Mount trap. First, bees cannot get to any part of the drawer to apply propolis. Second, I have never heard of robbers being a problem with...
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    Re: SundAnce top pollen trap ?

    I somehow missed this thread. Because of my lack of comment, one of you sent me a PM, so I am now up to date.

    Tommysnare...do you have the instructions for the Top Mount? Sounds as if you might...
  16. Re: Extra depth deep hive bodies, anybody sell them?

    " I need something almost 11" deep, but of regular Lang dimensions otherwise. Long frames would be nice to find, too."

    This is something called a 'Modified Dadant' hive. Used to be very common. ...
  17. Re: Screen Type For Package Bee Cages?

    I recall that not too long ago Wilbanks bought in such large quantities that he sold screening to other package bee suppliers. Check with them. If not successful, let me know.
  18. Re: On-time package delivery for 2014?

    "Lloyd what was your delivery date?" My delivery date is April 1. If I get moved I will not know it until late next week or early the following week. Not good news that Ron's got delayed by 2...
  19. Re: PVC Piping For A Maxant 400-1 Pump

    Are you in dairy country? If so, there has to be a dairy pipe supplier near you. Google "Dairy Services". They will not only answer your question for the UK, but you should also inquire about the...
  20. On-time package delivery for 2014?

    Package deliveries and pickup dates usually start around now? Any news on the ability of producers to meet dates?
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    Re: Pollen trap wire ?

    We are the manufacturers of the Sundance traps.

    If you use 4 mesh wire you will collect very little pollen. Bees can actually fit through 6 mesh wire, but many years ago we thought that took too...
  22. Re: One Frame Brood + One 3# Package = ... success?

    You didn't say the name of the package producer, but if they are reliable you should have an abundance of nurse bees in each package! Your idea is excellent, and you are certainly in an area with...
  23. Re: Picking Up First Nuc: Inspection??

    You should do inspection. They will not mind and may even accompany you. Do not feel intimidated.

    I completely agree with JRG13, and will make some additional suggestions. Many nuc producers...
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    Re: pollen trap

    From what you are saying it appears you are referencing the www-200 trap sold my Mann Lake. Dadant has a similar trap.

    You are correct, you are missing the 'frame' the drawer sits in. I suggest...
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    Re: Commercial Pollen Traps

    We are completely willing to make bottom mount traps to fit clips, contact your dealer and have them contact us..
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