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  1. Re: Cowen 60 Sump In floor or On floor Opinions needed

    The sump I use is about a 135 gallon infloor model with about a 16"x16" piece dropped below the base of the pan by 1-1/2" in one corner where the pump sits. The whole pan has fall to that corner and...
  2. Thread: Taylor Queens

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    Re: Taylor Queens

    That queen is likely to be dead by spring either way, only difference is whether you let the hive go with it. Look at it as a cost of early expansion in Canada. Maybe try requeening half and see...
  3. Thread: Taylor Queens

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    Re: Taylor Queens

    I got a couple hundred Olivarez Italians to make the deadline for pollination last year and was pretty impressed with their buildup, can't speak to their wintering yet though. I really think that...
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    Re: Pattie supplements

    What's the problem with using sugar syrup so long as the volumes are adjusted correctly?

    I saw the results of the OBA tech transfer study and the gap between that recipe and global and the third...
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    Re: Pattie supplements

    Ian have you tried this recipe? We made around 10,000 lbs of it this spring (First attempt at making protein patties ever) and found we had to almost double the amount of water called for in the...
  6. Re: If gas prices stay low ($2/gal. aver.) what impact will it have for you as a BKP

    I'm just not sure if fuel is a big enough cost percentage wise in a beekeeping operation to affect the sorts of things a beekeeper does to their hives the way it affects big construction outfits and...
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    Re: Separate heating system for uncapping knives

    I've got a tankless propane water heater that runs all the domestic hot water as well as pumps it through the in floor heat lines of the building. I added an additional pump that sends the water...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    It's definitely a 150lb recipe we've been doing... We run it around 10 minutes I'd say but I would say it could be cut back to closer to five minutes if a person was rushing, more a matter of...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    It seems to work well and not spill any over the sides with around a 150 lb batch. It mixes pretty fast, the real bottleneck seems to be getting the bags in front of the chute in a timely manner. ...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    I bought one of these off of Amazon this spring and so far have been quite impressed. The three paddle scraper seems to keep all the junk off the sides of the drum.

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  11. Thread: Apivar

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    Re: Apivar

    I've used Apivar a number of times and have always been satisfied with the performance... I've heard from a number of sources that the full 56 day treatment is important though as it has little to no...
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    Re: open drum feeding

    Another way to look at it is that the hives with a higher population are getting more feed than the ones with lower... Not necessarily a bad thing especially with singles but that being said I think...
  13. Thread: Bee Shield

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    Re: Bee Shield

    How many easy payments will it be?
  14. Re: When a Queen fails in Winter - what does that look like?

    Same as if it died of mites really... Still food stores within reach of the cluster and no dysentery on the comb but a dead hive none the less... Remember as with varroa damage the hive will...
  15. Re: When a Queen fails in Winter - what does that look like?

    Generally speaking even if you give them brood there won't be drones flying that early in the year to mate with the new queen. Also the bees in the hive will all be old and thus poor royal jelly...
  16. Re: When a Queen fails in Winter - what does that look like?

    Yeah you can tell which ones they are by the sound on warm days... I usually end up with three or four a winter... Not much to be done economically to save them up where I am though, just knock em...
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    Re: Indoor wintering

    Out of curiosity what's the demand level for nucs out on the prairies? Do you guys just prefer packages? How many brood frames do you guys like them? I'd also be interested what the price point...
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    Re: Number of hives and employee ratio?

    Maybe the next question should be how frequently you believe it's necessary to open a hive in spring summer and fall respectively. From that individual philosophy it's a lot easier to back figure...
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    Re: who still builds frames ?

    I bought and assembled around 20,000 jones frames last winter. It was gonna be around 20 cents extra per frame to have an entire semi load (22,500 roughly) assembled and delivered, didn't think it...
  20. Thread: Honey House

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    Re: Honey House

    Do you think the CFIA guys would go for that?
  21. Thread: Honey House

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    Re: Honey House

    I've used it on trailer decks before with good effect... Or do you mean on a concrete floor?
  22. Thread: Bee Shield

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    Re: Bee Shield

    If you really believe that this is a legitimate product would you perhaps be interested in an exciting opportunity to purchase some ocean front property in Arizona? Have they checked if it cures...
  23. Thread: Migratory lids

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    Re: Migratory lids

    Huh. Good to know
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    Re: Automated Bottling Line

    Sorry for disappearing been wrapping bees and getting stuff all put away like mad, currently I don't jar much at all... As in not much more than a barrel or two's worth but I'd been asked about...
  25. Thread: Migratory lids

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    Re: Migratory lids

    Maybe I'm wrong but pressure treated wood contains arsenic and a few other nasty chemicals... I would be extremely hesitant to put it in direct contact with bees.
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