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    Re: Midwest drought!

    It's fine to complain but what to do? If I feed am I just prolonging the agony at great expense? How best to feed; bulk feeders in each yard? Should I let them shut down until rain and natural...
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    Re: Should bulk honey be liquid or crystalized

    Thanks all; I have all the warming facilities so I guess I'll just be sure it's liquid before I ship. It's easier than worrying about labeling, two products, etc.
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    Should bulk honey be liquid or crystalized

    I've had a customer complain because I sold them crystallized 5 gallon pails of honey. What is the standard practice? I could heat them before shipping but I thought that folks who buy bulk honey...
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    Re: Migratory Pallets

    I've designed 4 way screened bottom board pallets http://www.windmillhillfarmstore.com/catalog.php/donragan/dt68862/pd1789150/Pallet__screened_bottom. All wood is of standard off the shelf dimension...
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    Re: Nice Little Boiler

    "for heating the knives on the Silver Queen"

    Why heat the knives with steam? I use about 170 degree water and the new style knives. I get some bunching rather than capping of new comb. Does...
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    Initial experience with sugar puff

    I just finished using the Dadant unit for the first time on 12 hives. Like others, I used virtually no sugar with 15 puffs/hive. Lots of sugar puffed out the top. There were few of the white bees...
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    My experience also

    I've put the chunks in the freezer with and without liquid. "With liquid" works best but still has a short half life. The "chunk only" seems to form a thin layer of crystals on the bottom of the...
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    Chunck honey, sugars

    My chunck honey sugars prematurely. I pride myself on raw (unheated) honey. However, when I add that to a chunck of honey in a jar it's sugared within a month. I've tried freezing the chuncks and...
  9. placement of honey

    Left to right the bees often distribute the honey unevenly (or build out brood). However, they consistently fill comb front to back very evenly. remember, this is a way to estimate the weight...
  10. torque wrenches

    You'll want to lift a stack of supers (perhaps 200-300 pounds) so you want one that has maximum of about 70-100 footpounds. Other than that, pretty much any 3/8" drive wrench will do. Here's the...
  11. Honey Hefter Instructions

    The Honey Hefter instructions are now available at http://www.windmillhillfarm.com/HefterInstructions.pdf
  12. Hefter picture

    There are 2 pictures and a shoprt description at http://www.windmillhillfarmstore.com/catalog.php/donragan/dt68876/pd1789172/Honey_Hefter. I'll post a PDF file of the instruction paper which gives a...
  13. scale on video

    OK but:
    1) you'll have to redo all your hive stands to accomodate the scale
    2) you can only weigh the whole stack, not just the honey supedrs
    3) bulky, chain driven (subject to mechanical...
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    Conversion

    The lever arm is only half a foot long so you multiply the foot-pounds by 2 and you're weighting only half the hive so multiply by another two. My empty hive weights about 50 pounds so the weight of...
  15. Honey hefter

    I've developed a simple cheap device to measure the weight by measuring the torque necessary to lift the front of brood chambers or honey supers...
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    Honey Hefter

    I found the same problem you're experiencing and developed the "Honey Hefter" to help quantify the measurement...
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    Band alternative

    I've used the band and, as long as the pail is full, it works and doesn't melt the pail. However, it leaves the bottlm of the pial still sgared. I've switched to using a broken refrigerator. I put...
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    Data recording

    I have 21 yards, 6 pallets per yard, 4 hives per palet (standardization makes record keeping and beekeeping easier). Every hive has a barcode (just a laminated piece of paper) stapled to the side. ...
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    Hive weight

    I too believe hive weight is important but I'm not so good at estimating weights. I've invented a "Honey Hefter" that will weight a stack of supers or a couple of brood chambers without...
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    Eureka, the hot presure washer works (I think...

    Eureka, the hot presure washer works (I think that's the best investment of my short beekeeping career). I now have a few cleaned queen excluders at 8 miniutes per excluder. Thanks to all...
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    My bees insist on adding wax and propolis to...

    My bees insist on adding wax and propolis to their shiny queen excluders. Any suggestions on how to clean them before redeploying next spring?
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