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    Re: First Year Mistakes

    Thanks all for the responses.

    We'll be putting up electric fences as our first measure since we're looking to have more hives next year.

    And I'm going to do a better job with the stands. Next...
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    Re: First Year Mistakes

    Yeah it was unfortunate because that queen was a great layer. Of all four hives that I have, this was the one I wanted most to make it through the winter.

    Luckily the other three which sit next to...
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    First Year Mistakes

    So I left for a new job in Utah and two days later I get a call and my dad sends me a few pictures.

    Apparently some sort of creature, most likely a bear got into the hive. Luckily it was only one...
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    Re: Update on bear or coon thread

    I lost a hive to a bear (we think it was a bear). We found out one had been spotted under a mile from our house.

    http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/jareddowns/1011131019-00_zps35ae4532.jpg
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    Re: Take the honey and kill the bees

    Will you buy 3 packages next year? Or 3 nucs?

    Either way, I'd try to feed or combine the weakest with the strongest. Could cost less to feed and combine than to start all over.

    Don't give up,...
  6. Re: I thought it was too cold for hive beetles here

    Thanks for posting this. I though SHB didn't happen in NH. Good to know.

    Have you seen SHB before in your hives?
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    Re: Molding Full Wax Comb?

    With everything there will be draw backs or tradeoffs. Pros and cons. While it may not be worth while, it's still fun to talk about and brainstorm.

    Let's remember, crazy ideas can turn into...
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    Re: Molding Full Wax Comb?

    You mentioned mold release, why type of effect would the vegetable oil have on the bees? My gut tells me it'd give them dysentery but I could be entirely wrong.
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    Re: Molding Full Wax Comb?

    There was another thread about 3D printing comb.

    Casting comb though would be difficult due to how thin the cell walls are.

    I highly doubt you'd be able to pull the mold with ease or...
  10. Re: Going into winter for the first time...

    I just looked at the weather forecasts for SLC for the remainder of the week and you should have some time to get them to put up stores. Looks like highs of mid 50's - mid 60's with night time lows...
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    Where is SLC are you? I'm starting a job in West Valley City / South Salt Lake next monday.

    Is it too cold to feed 2:1 syrup? Are both hives lacking sufficient stores? What are the populations...
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    Re: Cleo Hogan on Core77

    That's unfortunate that they did not contact you. The guy wrote it as if he had interviewed you.

    Hopefully you like the picture he's painted of you.

    I'm not entirely thrilled with the writing...
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    Cleo Hogan on Core77

    Pretty pumped to see this write up / video of Cleo on Core77.

    Core77 is one of the biggest websites for Industrial Designers.

    Pretty cool to see Cleo's jig and video on there.
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  14. Re: How I plan on overwintering 40 mating nucs on mini frames

    Thanks for your input. Great stuff.

    As far as I know, I don't believe we have to worry as much about SHB in New Hampshire? Only my first year so I'd need other NH beeks to confirm that but I...
  15. Re: How I plan on overwintering 40 mating nucs on mini frames

    Having no experience with mating nucs; but incredibly interested in learning more about this.

    Is there a benefit to the 5 "half" frame mini mating nucs (that Lauri is using) rather than using 2...
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    Re: Glass or acrylic/plastic

    What about them are you looking for to be better?

    Both have their pros and cons as materials.

    (+) Acrylic can be cut on a table saw (Don't cut on a SAWSTOP table saw, it will trigger the safety...
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    Re: Honey Labels;

    If you're required to attach the label but want alternatives for packaging / label, then I'd put the bare minimum on the container and put the rest of the info you want to include where ever / how...
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    Re: Honey Labels;

    30,000 lbs.... how's your back? That's a solid amount of honey.

    Some people love the saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" but I am in the business of always trying to improve things.

    If...
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    Re: Honey Labels;

    Mark, your questions are great as it helps me brainstorm / think of different ways for all of this. Keeping in mind there is no "right" way to do this....if there was, everyone would do it. And...
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    Re: Honey Labels;

    I respectfully disagree. I understand where you're coming from though.

    Some companies or brands don't operate in the manner I'm describing above. Some focus on their product while others focus on...
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    Re: Honey Labels;

    @Daniel Y-

    While it's true your customer is paying for the packaging...it ultimately cuts into your margins. From a business perspective, I'd rather not look at it as though my customer is paying...
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    Re: Honey Labels;

    If you are targeting the upper end of the market, then packaging is of the utmost importance.

    Think of it like wine. What do you look forward to drinking more? The wine that has the elegant,...
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    Re: Honey Labels;

    To Marks comment about making the investment. You might have the best honey in the world but that is judged by taste.

    But first the product has to be visually appealing to the customer in order...
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    Re: Honey Labels;

    I love the fact that you included the antlers. Subtle and not something you notice when you look at the label for the first time.
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    Re: Honey Labels;

    My fee structure (and many other consultants) is based on time. When clients come to me to design a label or product the cost is calculated by (projected # of hours) x (hourly rate) = (cost)

    To...
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