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    Re: How Much Effort

    I've tried to combine building with buying.

    I buy boxes and frames unassembled. I buy inner covers, outer covers, bee escapes... assembled.

    Frames I've discovered it's worth spending a bit...
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    Re: 2 small extractors instead of 1 big one?

    Downsides:
    -2 smaller units equals more floor space. Start comparing dimensions of the smaller units to the larger units, without much increase in diameter you get a big jump in frame capacity. ...
  3. Re: Maxant Extractor reel/basket runout comparison

    Maxant's reply is "Everything is hand made, so there will be some variances when we make the spokes/reels."

    Any manufacturing industry I've been involved with would have tossed this stuff in the...
  4. Maxant Extractor reel/basket runout comparison

    Maxant 1400 10/20F owners, I need a favour... Quick... go grab a ruler/tape measure.
    (Unplug the machine... no hands in a running piece of equipment please)

    Measure the distance between your...
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    custom cappings spinner

    Anyone built their own custom cappings spinner that can chime in and give a bit of advice?

    I've got an older Maxant 4-frame tangential extractor (series 1600, model 4), just ordered a new 1400P...
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    Re: Want to work bare handed?

    Very rarely if I've had a hive be aggressive during more than one visit, I consider requeening unless there is an obvious reason (skunks bothering hives can make them aggressive).

    Running 20+...
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    Re: productive hide in to nucs

    If you're trying to take a productive hive and make several productive hives for next year, you want to replicate those hive genes. Introducing outside queens isn't going to guarantee productive...
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    Re: Noisy extractor motor

    Slather the bearings in honey.
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    Re: Plastic Frame Indentations

    I used to work in injection molding in the auto industry. Those "indentations" are needed to reduce material thickness and ensure a properly molded product. There are a lot of problems that can...
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    Re: Bee and neighbor problem

    Random hits from foragers happens. I keep some hives 100ft from the house. Usually a couple times a year I get one pestering me, and usually once a year I'll get stung. No real reason, just a...
  11. Re: Ian Steppler... question re: your blog - shaking down queens

    In a commercial setting it means one less visit to the yard, less handling of boxes, less time spent inspecting in a hive.


    Thanks for verifying what I thought I was seeing Ian. I don't think...
  12. Re: Suppose post-swarm you find 10-20 capped queen cells...

    If you've got the equipment (table saw, skill saw) to cut the wood, make some nucs. My experience is deeps, but mediums just means you have to be a little faster with providing space.

    I make my...
  13. Re: Can someone help explain this pollination contract entry?

    I assume the expectation is the basic contract includes the initial dropoff and the final pickup. Should the grower want hives moved around the property for any reason that still takes place under...
  14. Ian Steppler... question re: your blog - shaking down queens

    Ian, thought I'd poise the question on the forum, so others could benefit from it.

    http://stepplerfarms.com/Honeyblog/?p=3029

    I'm pretty sure I understand correctly, but wanted to be sure. ...
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    Re: Testing a Electric Bear Fence.

    For a quick test... assuming the grass isn't brown, crispy, and dry... grab a long piece of grass, hold one end and place the other on the electrified wire. As you slide it closer to the wire the...
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    Re: Beesmax products

    Took me about 30 seconds to find the telescoping outer cover in wood on their website.

    Correct, they don't have wooden feeders.... I hate wooden feeders. Unless you're prepared to seal the...
  17. Re: How to deal with backfilling properly and Fast

    Ian, you should know by now you can never have enough drawn comb! Get it drawn this year, next year you'll fill it with bees... then you'll have twice as many hives and more new boxes of undrawn...
  18. Re: # of frames needed to make extractor use worthwhile?

    Why the rush to extract honey? We're not even talking a full box... are you that starved for space/spare honey supers? Move the 5 capped frames towards the outside of the honey super and move the...
  19. Thread: Grafting

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    Re: Grafting

    I know I'm just small-time... this is my first year grafting. Using freshly hatched larvae, jzbz cups, chinese grafting tool, not priming cells (except for the occasional oops when I missed pulling...
  20. Re: My Steps to become a Commercial Beekeeper - Needing Critique

    Without going too deep into this, I've found doubling every year to be easily achieved... and I'm in a colder climate. Plan to start feeding early on, build up big strong hives in 3 deeps that can...
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    Re: 5 on 5 nuc or single deep?

    Only attempted to winter nucs once so far (last year). I'm in Northern Ontario... very cold winters. Not even sure I know anyone around here who winters in singles without risk.

    The nucs I...
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    Re: Building with "2x10" rough cut

    As a fellow Sudburian... my recommendation to you would be to possibly look for other sources of woodenware. I'm picking up a pile of boxes this week from a small supplier west of Toronto this week;...
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    Re: Northern Ontario Beekeeper Wanna Bee!

    Birds - I know where Red Lake is... Drove up there once a few years back to visit my grandmother... beautiful drive up.

    Mama3277 - The Sudbury district beekeepers association has a meeting...
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    Re: Northern Ontario Beekeeper Wanna Bee!

    Where are you in Northern Ontario? Perhaps we can help you pinpoint a beekeeping club that could help you out.
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    Re: Ontario honey label laws

    From what I've seen, it isn't a requirement. When you buy containers like the white/blue 500g/1kg containers, it has the nutritional content on it. But plenty of small-time people still package in...
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