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    Re: Charging for honey extraction

    I have seen prices from .16 to $3.00 a pound for extraction.
  2. Thread: Dadant Syrup?

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    Dadant Syrup?

    This will be my first year using premixed syrup. I have a Dadant Branch close by. To get a 1:1 and 5:3 ratio what % water should I add to the syrup? Dadant told me folks cut the syrup with 60% to...
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    Re: Chalk Brood, how to treat?

    I used a bleach solution and Apiguard last year and that cleaned it up. There were two combs in the hive that seemed to be the source. I took those two combs and opened the capped brood and soaked...
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    Bobcat 600 Parts and Counter Weights

    I have a Bobcat Melroe 600 with a mast on it that I'm going to be working on. For Beekeepers that use or have used these machines- Is there a recommended parts dealer for these old loaders you can...
  5. Thread: Thieving Bees

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    Re: Thieving Bees

    How many hives do you have? Do you have someplace else to move the weak hive to? Robber bees are unrelenting. One thing I've done is figure out which hive the robbers are coming from. I throw flour...
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    Re: Show & Tell Time

    Nice :thumbsup:
  7. Re: Holy crap! How fast can these bees grow???

    Yep- Here we go again
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    Re: Wax Moth Control for Hundreds of Supers

    Thanks Guys- Good Stuff- Something to think about.
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    Re: Ideas for keeping cool in a full suit?

    In the heat I try to get going at sunrise and get done with the most labor intensive work 1st. I've started wearing a ventilated suit or jacket.
    I keep bottles of frozen Gatorade in a cooler. I keep...
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    Re: CA Buckeye Poisoning

    Thanks Ray- I was going to trash them, but I will wash them out instead. I placed the bees near a really good creek drainage with lots blackberries. I think I was early on the timing of the bloom.
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    Re: CA Buckeye Poisoning

    JRG13- Thanks for the info- I'm going to pick up patties tomorrow morning and I'm considering pulling the pollen frames and letting them draw out new ones.
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    Re: Wax Moth Control for Hundreds of Supers

    I am not storing in a container. The supers sit on a pallet in stacks of nine high. I need to treat the stack, not the container. I have cut pieces of plywood that covers each stack.
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    Re: CA Buckeye Poisoning

    Did it work for you?
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    CA Buckeye Poisoning

    In spite of my best efforts to keep the bees out of CA Buckeye, one yard got hit hard.

    The queens are laying, but the hives are brood less.

    Has anyone come up with a recovery plan for hives...
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    Wax Moth Control for Hundreds of Supers

    Wax moths seem to be a bigger issue here in CA then CO.

    I have used BT in the past and it works well. The only problem now is, as I expand is the labor involved with treating with BT. I'm...
  16. Thread: Making a nuc

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    Re: Making a nuke

    When I was Colorado I had a few 3 deep hives that I would pull brood from. Then I setup 3 deep five frame nucs as brood factories and ran 24 of them.
  17. Thread: Making a nuc

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    Re: Making a nuke

    In the cold climate you live in- I would let them build up and go through winter strong.
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    Re: Strachan Queens ???

    Your better getting queens direct from the producer as Brandy mentioned, even if it costs more. Your middleman is likely storing those queens in a queen bank. Less stress on the queens.
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    Re: 2 questions for this beekeeper

    Migratory Covers: One piece vs an inner cover and a telescoping lid. Cheaper. Does not stick out on the sides allowing loads of pallets to be slid together. Allows the stacking of pallets. You can...
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    Re: Strachan Queens ???

    Strachan 's have great queens and they are great to work with. The challenge is they are in high demand. I would highly recommend them. Do some research on the New World Carnolian.
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    Re: Mold in Sugar water.

    I would dump it and start fresh. Mix up only what your going to use in the future. Be careful using Honey Bee Health or Pro Health as robbing may occur. There are a couple of additives you can use to...
  22. Thread: Epi-Pen

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    Re: Epi-Pen

    My theory is: It's better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it. I work in some remote areas where medical assistance could be 90 minutes away if they can find me.
  23. Re: Have a Few Questions About Commercial Beekeeping

    My best advice is find a really good mentor. Things I didn't see were treating your bees. Transportation for your hives. Drawing out new supers, so less honey. Losing two hives, loss of honey,...
  24. Re: Have a Few Questions About Commercial Beekeeping

    Numbers look really good on paper- it's making those numbers reality. Things may look reasonable, but is it practical? Keep you're bees alive for a full year and see where your at. There's a lot more...
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    Re: Mann Lake ProVent Jackets?

    The veil does have a Velcro flap that does need to be sealed. It's just something you need to ensure you seal. Just like any type of PPE, you need to ensure it is put on properly. I have never had...
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