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  1. Re: Cleaning Wax Capping before using Solar melter

    I whole purpose of a solar melter is let it do all the work separate the slum,wax and honey. I use ss steel the wax and honey come out very nice. 13345
  2. Re: pollen substitute from a commercial stand point

    I use a protien supplement :-) I also make sure the amino acids are balanced and with vitamins and minerals.
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    Re: Putting Wax on Frames

    I get a metal paint tray place it on a eletric gridle. Set the gridle at 250 melt wax then start rolling 3x each side. The more wax the faster the bees will draw the foundation. on used foundation...
  4. Re: Whats the best time to put out dry pollen sub so the bees can pack it away for sp

    Yes and yes. there are a lot of different recipes out there the easiest is 11 pounds of thymol to 3 gallons of oil then 18 ml per colonies 3x a week apart. Use at your own risk what work for one may...
  5. Re: Whats the best time to put out dry pollen sub so the bees can pack it away for sp

    I take some of my dry feed then in a spray bottle I mix 25% lemongrass EO and 75% virgin coconut oil then spray the dry mix as I run it through a strainer. I started feeding mid September. You can...
  6. Re: Whats the best time to put out dry pollen sub so the bees can pack it away for sp

    12807I start as soon as the bees will take it. Bees will store the dry feed. I feed both wet patties and dry feed, bee forage and treat it like natural pollen. Here in central California we are in a...
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    Re: Feeding pollen

    David wick is finding high levels of nosema and viruses in bee collected pollen I think feeding a high quality pub would be preferred over traped pollen.
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    Re: SundAnce top pollen trap ?

    Well pulling orange honey and putting in 100 queens a week got in the way of making traps. Now getting bees ready to send out of state. rainy today so had a little shop time took a few more pics....
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    Re: SundAnce top pollen trap ?

    Thanks for the kind words. For two or three traps I would buy them it's a lot of work to build few. I'm a little picky about quality so I build a lot of my equipment my self. I set up a jig for each...
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    Re: SundAnce top pollen trap ?

    Tacky marketing strategy????? I don't think sundance is being tacky, mine are not for sale just showing how I am making them and sharing info. I have 60 now and making 60 more.
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    Re: SundAnce top pollen trap ?

    I don't have plans just in my head. About 15 years ago I got ideas from a few different traps and changed the dimentions to go on the bottom of my clip pallets with drawer in the front. This time I'm...
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    Re: SundAnce top pollen trap ?

    Just showing the progress 10010
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    Re: SundAnce top pollen trap ?

    Finally getting some shop time been moving bees to pollination need get them Finnished before the olives and pom's start blooming. 99349935
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    Re: SundAnce top pollen trap ?

    97889789the trap on the right is one I made 15 years ago, the one on the left is the latest prototype. in the foreground making a master pattern. The other picture is of the sundance.
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    Re: SundAnce top pollen trap ?

    Sorry won't let me upload pictures
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    Re: SundAnce top pollen trap ?

    The distributor ( Dadant) doesn't care how well they are made but the maker should. I make a few bee related items and I care how they are made and how they work for my customers. I will post some...
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    Re: SundAnce top pollen trap ?

    I bought a sundance (top mount) a few years ago it was so poorly made I never used it( large knot fell out Of pollen drawer ,loose staples, gaps in wire ) Sent pic to the maker, said would send...
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    Re: Advice needed re nosema cerana testing

    Almonds are done and bees are robby. Have used fumagillin and drivert in the past they take it just fine. Have been using OE'S in syrup I don't think it help with nosema.
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    Re: Advice needed re nosema cerana testing

    Had some hives go off feed so got out the microscope got 25 bees and 25 ml water in a sandwich bag then roll over with a round jar. Wow had 30 million per bee think will treat with fumagillin...
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    Re: Feeding Pollen Substitute

    Started feeding sub again yesterday almond bloom is over and no spring wild flowers because of drought! They are eating them up. trying to keep them building queens are coming next couple of weeks....
  21. Re: Building 4 frame nucs from ply. What I did with pics.

    I made 120 6 frame nucs that fit 6 on a standard pallet. The idea is to run 6 nucs with every load and use them as replacements then introduce the new queen back into the nuc. The pic shows the...
  22. Re: Is anyone including coconut oil in there pollen sub mixture?

    Pollen is high in lecithin the liquid lecithin I use is 60% lecithin 40% soy oil. Coconut oil is high In louric fatty acid
  23. Re: Is anyone including coconut oil in there pollen sub mixture?

    Each oil is high in different fatty acids
  24. Re: Is anyone including coconut oil in there pollen sub mixture?

    Yes two parts coconut one canola and one part liquid lecithin. The canola is for the 24-methalcolesterol
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    Re: Air ride recomnedations wanted?

    The last time I was red neck trailer in Fowler CA they had a air bag retrofit for the tork flex axles just for that purpose. I have a 12 foot with tandem tork flex axles loaded with bees rides great...
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