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    Re: Dimensions crucial for telescoping cover?

    We make our roofs precisely the same width and length as Dadant, so that we can purchase the galvanized sheet to cover them. To the best of my knowledge, they have never changed those dimensions,...
  2. Thread: Comb honey

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    Re: Comb honey

    Don't be mislead by those promoting "cut comb". Real comb honey comes in basswood sections.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: No compete clauses

    My father "gave away the farm". He would show anyone all of the tricks we worked so hard to develop. How to manage bees, fill label and cap jars, etc. He even invented the bee blower and gave it...
  4. Re: I'd like to tap the cumulative knowledge of commercial beekeepers

    Ian- so you do eat "fast food".

    Crazy Roland
  5. Re: I'd like to tap the cumulative knowledge of commercial beekeepers

    Ok, do what you want, have fun.

    As for Ian and I having geese fly over - fat chance. Everything is frozen here and they would starve. Don't expect to see them in Wisconsin for 4-6 weeks.

    Crazy...
  6. Re: I'd like to tap the cumulative knowledge of commercial beekeepers

    After much rumination, I believe there are things to be said that you will not want to hear. I apologize.
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    Here in my climate, one Langstroth deep is a recipe for massive swarming as...
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    Re: Hive Theft ring busted in Weedpatch

    They forgot to factor in the "flight risk" when calculating bail. Maybe it would be easier to have them labeled as terrorist and deported?

    Crazy Roland
  8. Thread: Bottling honey

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    Re: Bottling honey

    SQKCRK - from an aging memory..... The GLASS jars come down the line sterile, and are placed in open RSC boxes with the open end down. The flaps are not sealed, and the cases are placed on the...
  9. Thread: Poster Child

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    Re: Poster Child

    Ian - the quote is from Deknow, and we must patiently and respectfully wait for him to get time for a propper reply.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Drums Crystralised honey

    Good job Rader.

    What say you on the outcome of 1KW of incandescent bulbs vs. 1KW of LED bulbs inside an enclosure? I vote they heat the same.

    Crazy Roland
  11. Thread: Poster Child

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    Re: Poster Child

    Deknow wrote:

    So it isn't suprising that the bees did well on the irradiated comb....the question remains, 'is this increase in performance due to killing the pathogen (s) that are responsible for...
  12. Thread: Poster Child

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    Re: Poster Child

    Hackenberg irradiated half of JUST the equipment, and added bees to both groups. There was a dramatic difference between irradiated and not. No one claimed it solved ALL of the problems, but it...
  13. Thread: Poster Child

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    M. Palmer - No, I did not get a chance to view the video.

    It is all quite possible that Hackenberg did have a terrible mite problem as you mentioned. That does not distract from his irradiation...
  14. Thread: Poster Child

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    HarleyCraig - I am sure fungicides are used, but they do not predominate on alfalfa. I will have to do my homework.

    I spoke with D. Hackenberg when he first had CCD, on or about 2006. At that...
  15. Re: Install your replacement packages on a box of honey to avoid supersedure?

    Although I can comprehend the dynamics involved with aging bees before the first round hatches, we have never observed the phenomena. A contributing factor to this may be our preference for the late...
  16. Thread: Poster Child

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    Re: Poster Child

    I can say that something has changed in the last 10 years, more so in the last 5. Prior to that time it was very rare to loose a hive NOT in winter. Now it is common to loose hives in spring and...
  17. Re: Install your replacement packages on a box of honey to avoid supersedure?

    Adrian - was he discussing supercedure where the bees raise queen cells while there is a queen, or queen failure, where the cells are started after the queen is dead?

    We see very little...
  18. Thread: $1.75 Honey

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    Re: $1.75 Honey

    RichardsonTX - you have quite the glowing image of Sioux Bee in your mind. You might wish to do a little more research, I believe it was SeattlePI.com that caught a shipment of circumvented "Funny...
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    Re: Checking on Bees in winter. How often?

    Never! If you need to check in winter you have failed in your due diligence earlier in the year, and are a day late and a dollar short.

    Crazy Roland
  20. Re: When is a telescoping cover better than a migratory cover

    For once I totally agree with Harry. Telescoping covers where invented long before migratory, and where the standard for many years. IF you do NOT have to move your hives, it is much easier to pail...
  21. Thread: $1.75 Honey

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    Re: $1.75 Honey

    Don't worry about SQKCRK, he is just brutally honest. He did make a good point, you are asking for proprietary information. Unless you are a shareholder in a large company, you may not have access...
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    Re: How do you wire a frame?

    #3 with 4 cross wires. The key is proper embedding.

    Crazy Roland
  23. Thread: Chilean Queens

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    Re: Chilean Queens

    Strachan!!!!!! Better than 99 percent acceptance rate(NWC), and very few supercedures that season. I hope you got your order in last year. They ussually book up real fast.

    Crazy Roland
  24. Thread: Chilean Queens

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    Re: Chilean Queens

    "Ben , I can make you feel better...... You could not give me a queen from Mr. "Zero"(we write on the roofs the source of the queen, and Christian says it's a zero, not an "oh". ). For us, they do...
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    Re: Help finding a bee outyard

    Yes, SQKCRK, notifying the landowner is another option. Most of the time it is a hunter/trapper that is on the land, and when they see us, they do their due diligence and make sure we are allowed on...
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