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    Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    I'm running about the same number of hives and I use a trailer with a fold down ramp and a Kelley dual-wheel nose truck. I screen the entrances, throw a ratchet strap around each hive and wheel them...
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    Re: shipping container for super storage

    I was considering a shipping container for super storage but was concerned about no air circulation with all steel construction. Do they sweat inside? Has anyone had condensation/moisture problems...
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    Re: UPC Bar Code Printing

    Yeah, the annual renewal fee is $150.00 but you paid a one-time $750.00 fee for a block of 100 codes to get started. They now have a lower category at $250.00 for 10 codes and $50.00 annual renewal....
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    Re: Migratory Cover doubles as bottom

    A magratory cover also doubles as a pallet. Turn it upside down and stack hive bodies, supers or whatever. The cleats leave enough space to slide a two wheeler under it so that stacks can be easily...
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    Re: Uncapping roller...do they work?

    I bought one but didn't like it. Went back to my Pierce electric knife that has served me well for many years. Yeah, $100 but well worth it.

    If you only have a few supers then a cappings scratcher...
  6. Thread: Smokers

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    Re: Smokers

    Yeah, I've been using a Dadant 7" smoker for years. If I pack it right using a combination of burlap and wood shavings it will smolder for a couple of hours. The last thing I need is a bigger smoker.
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    Re: screened bottom boards

    Interesting how mite screens have evolved over the years. They were originally designed at the Beltsville Bee Lab in 2000 to be used above a solid bottom board with a 1"-2" space between. Google...
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    Re: Maxant extractor question

    Good feedback on my post guys. I honestly hadn't thought about the 3 tangential slots being used for deeps. There is definitely a need for a small radial that is compact and gets the job done well...
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    Re: Maxant extractor question

    This extractor seems to be very popular with folks on this site. I'm sure it's well made and Maxant has a very good reputation so this is not a knock on them. However, if I owned this extractor I...
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    Educational Videos For Children

    I'm often asked to give presentations on bees and honey at elementary schools. I've done many of them and take an observation hive, a life cycle chart and other visual aids but I would really like to...
  11. Thread: Titebond 2 or 3

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    Re: Titebond 2 or 3

    Are we maybe getting a little OCD on the titebond issue? I've been using titebond II for several years and it seems to be working just fine. But then I've also got a lot of supers and some hive...
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    Re: More entrances/exits = more honey?

    Not a big fan of upper entrances that allow bees direct access to supers above an excluder. I've done it but usually end up with about the same amount of surplus honey except with more pollen being...
  13. Re: Nuc and package availability for 2014..Not meant for advertising, please

    I have both packages and queens ordered for early April; these will be to replace winter losses and also to make splits for increase. I have no way to predict my needs exactly, but if I want queens...
  14. Re: Got Mann Lake's 2014 catalog today - it's getting cheaper to build your own!

    Almost all beekeeping suppliers raise prices after the first of the year. It's often X% across the board with some exceptions. I've found it a good practice to stock up in the fall for what will be...
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    Re: Package Bees: 2 lb. vs 3 lb.

    "It depends on how long you have between package install and the main flow."

    You are exactly right, FP, and that's my concern. I already know I can produce surplus honey with a 3 lb. package if I...
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    Re: Package Bees: 2 lb. vs 3 lb.

    "prepared stocked broodnests"

    So I assume he's bolstering them with frames of sealed/emerging brood. Sounds like a good plan.
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    Re: Package Bees: 2 lb. vs 3 lb.

    Well then let's assume I'll shake them on drawn comb and feed them heavily. The fact still remains the population will not begin to increase until the first brood cycle emerges in 3-4 weeks. So...
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    Package Bees: 2 lb. vs 3 lb.

    I've installed a lot of package bees over the years but they've all been 3 lb. so I'm familiar with how fast they will build up. So how does a 2 lb. package compare? Just curious because of the...
  19. Re: Winter Solstice: a Beekeeper's New Year (Welcome New Beekeepers)

    I love it when the days slowly begin to get longer again. Like the bees, I know that spring is not far off and I have lots to do between now and then.
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    Re: Downfall of Bee Culture (vs. ABJ)

    I've subscribed to both magazines for 30+ years and some months are always better than others...just the nature of what they do. ABJ has always published more scientific research and Bee Culture has...
  21. Re: I need ideas on setting up a bee yard (pics would be great too!)

    I like hive stands that are portable and hold only 2 hives so I can work them from the side as opposed from behind, which is just awkward for me. I take an 8' landscape timber and cut it in...
  22. Thread: Frame Design

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    Re: Frame Design

    "Specifically, the frames I remember had one 'V' shaped side and one 'Flat' side for each end piece. As you assembled the frames, you'd make them so that, for example all the 'V's were pointing away...
  23. Thread: Nosema

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    Re: Nosema

    Since I'm not currently testing for nosema it would have to be a drastic situation where I had very heavy losses that were unexplainable before I would even test. If I did treat, it would probably...
  24. Thread: Nosema

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    Re: Nosema

    Antimicrobials - a general term for any compound with a direct action on micro-organisms used for treatment or prevention of infections. Antimicrobials are inclusive of anti-bacterials, anti-fungals...
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    Re: How do YOU mix 50 gallons of syrup?

    I fixed a small leak in my syrup tank using J-B Weld...easy and inexpensive.
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