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    Re: 685 lb Steel Drum

    We drop them on a tire to cushion the fall. It doesnt have to be a big tire either. It's easy to roll the barrel off the tire if you want to move it around on the trk bed. If we want to pick up the...
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    package

    Package bees do abscond sometimes. It's more likely to happen if a virgin queen gets shook in with the pkg.
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    Formic Acid

    Formic acid can work. What happens depends on how fast it vaporizes. If it gets hot and vaporizes too quickly, bad things happen. If it vaporizes too slowly, efficacy is poor. Bill Ruzicka has some...
  4. Thread: Bobcat Mast

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    Clear View Mast

    A&O masts were around $4000 when I priced them a little over a year ago.
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    Northern Queens

    Some years, we have queens in Iowa by late May but the best ones are from mid June on.
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    They are $1.50 to $2 in Texas.

    They are $1.50 to $2 in Texas.
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    They are motionless and appear to be dead. this...

    They are motionless and appear to be dead. this as only happenes to me when I am caging queens. I go ahead and cage them and put them in my pocket. So far, they have always come back to life.
  8. Thread: Lost All

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    Our finishers are queenright.

    Our finishers are queenright.
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    Sheri, We have had pretty good luck holding...

    Sheri,

    We have had pretty good luck holding bees in the mating nucs by blocking them in for a couple of days. I can't put a percentage on our success rate. We bring in bees from another yard so...
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    Koehnens sell the wooden mini cages. I don't know...

    Koehnens sell the wooden mini cages. I don't know what they charge. 530-891-5216
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    In our operation we have found that some honey...

    In our operation we have found that some honey has to be kept at bottling temeperature longer than others to retard granulation. We don't get canola honey but some of ours will granulate in the jars...
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    There is a guy named Lloyd Snyder who sells...

    There is a guy named Lloyd Snyder who sells packages in Maryland. I see him at the meetings but I don't have phone number. If there are any bee inspectors in Maryland, they would probably know where...
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    I use these wicks also. The flame goes down quite...

    I use these wicks also. The flame goes down quite low after it has burned for 15 or 20 minutes. It's almost like the wick is too small. Then it recovers and burns for seven or eight hours. We pour...
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    We always get our queens UPS Next Day Air. I...

    We always get our queens UPS Next Day Air. I would never trust the Post Office with a box of 100. We do ship small lots of queens via the post office. I have explained the shipping situation several...
  15. Thread: How many???

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    We have a 95 F-350 diesel with a 4.02 rear end...

    We have a 95 F-350 diesel with a 4.02 rear end that gets 16 MPG running down the highway and about 13 driving between yards. I'm not sure on the horsepower. I think it might be 235. If we're pulling...
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    The post office contracts it air mail with...

    The post office contracts it air mail with various carriers. FedEx hauls the mail out of Des Moines(our mail terminal). They will not take bees. Northwest would take them if I wanted to take a chance...
  17. Thread: Dadant 20

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    We did 138 barrels last year with two 20's. One...

    We did 138 barrels last year with two 20's. One is 20 years old and has a homemade chain drive. It woks great. We also have another one that is on it's third year. We have had to replace the bearings...
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    I have a good postmaster. I live in a small town...

    I have a good postmaster. I live in a small town so she has time on her hands and is eager for business. She puts our queens in special container so they don't go in with the regular mail. We get...
  19. Thread: Queen Candy

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    Add a litle corn syrup to powdered sugar. Knead...

    Add a litle corn syrup to powdered sugar. Knead it. It you can roll it in your hands without getting sticky, it is just right.
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    Practice by catching drones. It doesn't take long...

    Practice by catching drones. It doesn't take long to get the hang of it. I used to catch queens by the wing. It didn't harm them. They probably won't need to fly again anyway. It common to see old...
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    Imports are controlled by politics. A couple of...

    Imports are controlled by politics. A couple of years ago, when prices were high, the FDA was seizing contaminated honey from China. Suddenly, that stopped. The same honey is still coming into the...
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    We use them on our syrup tanks. I think they...

    We use them on our syrup tanks. I think they would be okay for honey.
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    We've done it both ways. Open brood on each side...

    We've done it both ways. Open brood on each side of the cell bar works best. You have to watch for rouge cells, though.
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    You can practice by picking up drones. If you are...

    You can practice by picking up drones. If you are uncomfortanle picking them up by the abdomen, catch them by the wing.
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    The Science Center in Des Monrs is pretty good....

    The Science Center in Des Monrs is pretty good. They have an Imax theater. The Botanical Center is my favorite but you only need a couple of hours to take it in. Living History Farm is a big...
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