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  1. Thread: Super bee 1 K

    by Broke-T
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    Re: Super bee 1 K

    I have a 1k and it will lift a full tote of syrup although it is close to capacity.

    Johnny
  2. Re: How do deal with screened bottom boards becoming coated with debris and propolis!

    We made a lot of 4 way pallets with screened bottoms. Found that within a cpl years the bees had propalized them closed. Like LarryH I decided the bees were telling me something. Now they are all...
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    Re: Maxant M3900 Wax Melter

    You can build it yourself. Go get a 120 qt aluminum stock pot. Go to welding shop and have two 3/4 nipples welded in. One 2 inch from bottom and one 6 in from bottom. Put ball valves on nipples. I...
  4. Re: Question for Cowen Silver Queen Uncapper users

    Isn't there an adjustment on the side that sets a minimum depth of cut?

    Johnny
  5. Re: Question for Cowen Silver Queen Uncapper users

    I am switching from flail uncapper to a silverqueen and since I am expanding a lot of foundation getting drawn. Could you explain what you ment?

    Johnny
  6. Re: "Don't buy trucks, forklifts or equipment; buy more bees. and boxes."

    In the last 10 years we have gone from a dozen hives to 650 currently. It is a big investment. We raised all the bees and bought equipment to put them in. We were lucky that we were already...
  7. Thread: Bee Trucks

    by Broke-T
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    Re: Bee Trucks

    If your in the Southeast 4x4 is a must.

    Johnny
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    Re: Queen failure rates?

    We run a 3 week schedule and usually run a catch rate in the low 80's after first round which is lower. The reason 4 weeks will get an increase is that nucs that didn't accept cell I planted will...
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    Re: Best Professional Processing Line

    I second the Cowen vote.

    Johnny
  10. Thread: Soy beans

    by Broke-T
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    Re: Soy beans

    If my calculations are correct there are around 2,000 acres in a 1 mile radius of a bee yard. In most of my locations at least half that is soybeans. I place 48 hives per yard. That calculates to...
  11. Thread: Soy beans

    by Broke-T
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    Re: Soy beans

    I am in the process of moving about 300 hive to soybeans now. Did 200 last year a little late and still averaged 60 lbs per hive. Not having any trouble with growers. Just takes communication.
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    Re: Tallow crop washout

    I have seen ad in Bee Journal classifieds where a person around Houston has tallow ground rented and looking for beekeepeers to move onto the tallow. Does he rent per acre or % of crop or what?
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    Re: Mann Lake Pro-Sweet

    Yes I can, but don't I want to have to make up 2,000 gallons of 1 to 1 sugar syrup.
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    Mann Lake Pro-Sweet

    I an setting up 300 new hives starting next week. In the past I fed HFCS with good results. I talked to Mann Lake about syrup and they said bees will draw comb better on straight sucrose but the...
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    Re: Wax Press comparison

    I am interested in the Lyson wax press. Anybody here using one yet?

    Johnny
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    Re: Queen excluders

    Yes, I left bottom entrance open.
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    Re: Queen excluders

    beepro, I tried that several years ago. I took a wood bound excluder and cut an opening about 4 inches wide in the wood on top side of wire. There were guard bees at the entrance but never saw...
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    Re: Queen excluders

    I use the plastic ones when making splits and use them on top of breeder hives to give them a super without the queen moving up. They work well in those situations but was worried about them in full...
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    Queen excluders

    I am considering going to excluders next year. Most of the guys I know here use the metal bound ones. What's y'all preference, type and supplier?

    Johnny
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    Re: Commercial vs Budget?

    We have bought several thousand boxes from Western Bee over the last few years. All were budget and we love them. Also buy budget frames and have very few not useable.

    However I hope ya'll keep...
  21. Thread: Feeding Bees

    by Broke-T
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    Feeding Bees

    I am currently feeding bees with division board feeders from Mother Load with cap and ladder. The bees are propalizing the holes shut in ladder making it impossible to fill. I will be adding 300...
  22. Re: Which Cap & Ladder Division Board Feeder Do You Use?

    I also have question about cap and ladder. I have been running the Motherload feeder and when left in year round the bees propalize the holes in the ladder making them impossible to fill. They are...
  23. Re: Minimum Outside Temperatures/Conditions for Creating Cell Builder?

    Making up a cell builder and producing cells is no problem. The problem will be having drones to mate with these early queens. I had hoped to start grafting on the 27th of this month but may wait a...
  24. Thread: Poster Child

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    Re: Poster Child

    I have 4 broiler houses and they are not fed antibiotics on a routine basis. If they get sick we sometimes get medicated feed or antibiotics to run thru the water. More often than not they won't...
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    Re: Mini Mating Nuc

    Most of the guys here in MS have given up on mini nucs because of hive beetles. I run 3 frame medium nucs. I build a duplex box that will hold 3 regular medium frames on each side. They stay...
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