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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    This thread is great. I am glad you all have kept posting even with the tension it seems to be generating. This question with the neonics and bees is polarizing. Thank you to each of you for your...
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    Re: Wax rendering

    Back in the 80s there was a commercial wax rendering beekeeper in Florida that had a pneumatic piston press and used trampoline matting instead of the burlap bags. He kept steam poring thru the...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    Has anyone used one of these hand held mortar mixers?

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    Re: Fall feeders

    Ian, I have found painting anything plastic, like the totes, with aluminum paint makes it last several more years. Aluminum paint is small flecks of metal and the sun cannot shine through it thus...
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    Re: Fall feeders

    I am curious does anyone use candy boards to supplement for winter feed? Back in the day if we didn't get enough liquid feed in before the cold we would just add a 20 or 30 pound candy board.
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    Re: Melting/Heating drums

    I have been bottling honey on a small scale for about 30 years. For the 30 years I have heated the honey in 55g drums to around 150 degrees. I set the drum in a water bath tank with a 2400 watt water...
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    Re: How big is your honey house?

    sqkcrk, Unfortunately I don't have any other photos. I worked in that extracting room for years and extracted 1000's of drums of honey and that is the only photo and lots of memories. Victor H
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    Re: How big is your honey house?

    xroads, I grew up in Nebraska in a 5000 hive operation. The extracting room was 30 x 30 = 900 sq ft. In it was two extractors, one automatic uncapper, spin float wax spinner and infloor honey sump...
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    Re: buying a cappings spinner?

    RAK, Obviously it depends on how 'wet' the cappings are with honey. If wet cappings I get around 10 gallons honey, if I let them drain over night or so about 6 gallons honey.
    Victor H
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    Re: buying a cappings spinner?

    Ben Little, I needed some way to spin my cappings and I do not have room for a spinner until I build a much larger building so what to do? I have a 60 frame Dadant extractor. I built 6 screened...
  11. Re: Removing Moisture From Honey Before Extracting

    You might check the moisture content of the capped honey. I have seen come crazy times when the bees capped too thin of honey and it would ferment, bubble and blow the caps. If it was capped too...
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    Re: Flash heating honey question

    Well here’s my two cents. I have been bottling honey on a small scale for about 30 years. For the 30 years I have heated the honey in 55g drums to around 150 degrees and the honey is almost always...
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    Re: Hi from nwga

    tjMax, welcome to the forum. There are beeclubs in your area, Chattanooga, Lafayette, Summerville, Canton and a bit further Cartersville. Holcomb's Garden Center at Ft. Oglethorpe has bee supplies...
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    Re: Large scale Nuc production

    In a migratory operation we make up several hundred double nuc boxes out of 10 frame hives with the bottom board nailed on each hive and divided with tin or Masonite. On the double nuc a 7 or 8 inch...
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    Re: uncapping for 100 hives

    Jim, in the old photo of the load of bees it looks like they are loaded 5 hives wide so I assume there are some type of "loading sticks" as we called them to hold the hive apart a couple of inches...
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    Re: uncapping for 100 hives

    Jim, Thanks for the retro photos knife uncapping and others, I love looking at those old photos. By the way is that orange or citrus trees in the background of the one photo labeled 'Archie"?
    Victor...
  17. Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    There is an motorized hand truck from HaulzAll but it is a bit high priced.
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    Here are a couple photos of my way of moving bees. I run about 200 hives as sideline. I use a 16' car hauling trailer behind my pickup truck. I can flat out 33 hives, double stack for 66...
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    Re: uncapping for 100 hives

    Jim Lyon, You brought back good memories. I also grew up in a 5,000 hive operation that used a hot knife to uncap. It is an amazing thing to watch a skilled person at work. I wish I had a video of...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Experiencing contrast is a good teacher.
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Mr. Woods, IMO going into beekeeping for your living is not something you ‘jump’ into. You need to grow into it which will take years not months. Many of the posts here have stated it over and...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Hey CWood, My personal experience has directed the path I am on now. I grew up in a large family migratory bee business, Dad running 5,000 hives of bees in Nebraska/Texas. When I was brilliant at...
  23. Re: Growth on limited budget/ waiting on financing

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    I have some experience with double nuc hives. I try to keep about 50 of them going year around. It is completely different then running 10 frame hives. Here are some of my experiences….a 5...
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    Re: Pool of trouble?

    A frienldy jar of honey to the neighbors helps a bunch.
  25. Re: No brrod , see gueen cups. Should I combine?

    I would put them together. Are they very close to each other? If they are you can do it any time of day. Sounds like you need to feed, feed, feed them after you set them together of course with...
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