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  1. Thread: bee lift

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    Re: bee lift

    In the original pics I see it was on a trailer, did it not work well or do you move all your bees with the pick up now
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    Re: bee lift

    This is the area where I cannot see any bearing Marios, with the blue line round it14706
  3. Thread: bee lift

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    Re: bee lift

    It's the pivot on the lower part of the main post below the 4x4 hub I am talking about, is there some sort of bearing there
  4. Thread: bee lift

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    Re: bee lift

    Thanks for the pics Marios, I can see the top pivot is a 4x4 stub axle and hub but what have you done to allow the stabiliser bracket to pivot, I cannot see any bearing there, is the winch a quad/ate...
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    Re: Full time Beekeeper

    Good luck Ben, its a small world, my plans were similar to yours but I have run an auto repair business for 30 plus years and was going to hand it on to my son who has just qualified, one problem, I...
  6. Thread: bee lift

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    Re: bee lift

    Marios did you ever video your loader in action, is it still working well?
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    Re: Cleaning queen excluders

    In the uk we use washing soda, the bee inspectorate say that in the right concentration it kills disease spores, caustic soda dissolves propolis but is not good for people
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    Re: Business decision

    Hi Ben I am in the same trade and am aiming in the same direction as you, both the vehicles and the people get harder to deal with, bees I think help me keep sane !!!! On the kit subject Ian said to...
  9. Thread: Grafting

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    Re: Grafting

    Totally agree, the Royal jelly is removed after acceptance but helps keep the Larvae from drying out until back with the bees
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    Re: Bee-Pro® Pollen Substitute

    I am reading this thread with interest as we have a Mann Lake distributor over here in the UK now, like most I have been trying many recipes over the years and Bee pro does have some good reports...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    There is one thing that care needs to be used when using the forceps, if they are adjusted incorrectly the sting can be damaged leading to the queen being superceded
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    Re: ever consider electric treatment?

    We have a guy in the UK called John Harding, he has written a book about Ley lines and bees, he keeps bees on ley lines, theses are areas where the earths energy comes to the surface, this he says in...
  13. Thread: Mating Nucs

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    Re: Mating Nucs

    Depends how many you are filling, for a small amount you could put a brood on a floor with closed entrance then qx another brood, find queen and put her and frame to one side and shake enough frames...
  14. Thread: Mating Nucs

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    Re: Mating Nucs

    Mike, what do you find? I find queens mated in smaller boxes come into lay faster,due to the need for brood, in Nucs there is still a lot of nurse bees and brood hatching so there does not seem to be...
  15. Thread: Mating Nucs

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    Re: Mating Nucs

    The amount of bees you need to make up a mating nuc depends on the size of the nuc! In the uk ther are numerous sizes! Mostly polystyrene unless they are home built with half size frames. A bit mor...
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    Re: Commercial Pollen Traps

    I had not thought of SHB, we are fortunate and do not have them at present, in answer to you question GM they do not get much debris from above due to the design, the bees travel down a covered slot...
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    Re: Commercial Pollen Traps

    The beauty of the type that replace the floor and have a drawer is if the weather turns wet the pollen in the drawer stays dry and can be harvested without disturbing the bees, it can either be...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    You don't know how lucky you are with a choice of isolated sites in this little country Beekuk
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    Re: Breeder queens to play with

    Is this with a plan to get treatment free stock or just stock improvement and genetic diversity
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    Re: A pollen question.

    I will try and get some taken this w/end and upload to the site.
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    Juhani, I have been full of intention to use Dartmoor, the excellent beekeeper that has the permissions to use it has offered but its about 145 miles from me and unfortunately I do a full time job as...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    Just another idea DB, do you have anyone within range of you that does have resistant colonies, if so could you do a deal and take droneless mating nucs with virgin queen to them for mating, just an...
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    Re: A pollen question.

    I have traps that were designed by a local beekeeper in the uk, I have made my own copy with a modification or two the pollen mesh is mounted on a swivel so that the trap can be opened to allow bees...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    The trouble with trying to trap in drones in any strong colony is that when they have the instinct to fly they just all pile out together and can block the hive entrance, here because they are not...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    I have done that myself, apiary only had eight colonies in it, on inspection I pulled the drone comb in one on emergence day and marked drones green as they emerged, the following week every colony...
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