Thanks for the input Keith.
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Thanks for the input Keith.
Sounds like a serious rig. I will have to get set up better. We just feed too much to not have good equipment to get the job done quickly. Good thing honey is $2.00 plus a pound.
You recommend any...
thanks David. Sounds like you have a big machine or several smaller units Keith. Kinda like extracting with several radials. Some are being filled some mixing some removing?
David of beebotanical.com makes one. I do not own one. Probably should. Looks like the boxes need cleats so the forks can lift under. Unfortunately that is not my case.
I am wondering why you went with the largest machine? They seem like a big chunk of change. If you were to purchase again would you get the same model and why? If they made a larger machine...
How big of a batch can you make. How many batches per hour? Is that alone or 2 guys?
Sure I would like one or two. California is a bit of a drive. Now if you can ship then no problem... put me down for 2. Thanks for taking care of us. I did send you a private message.
What brand are you using? That sounds like it is likely a gas powered motor. Where did you get it? Cost?
Does David sell these pumps? Inquiring minds want to know.
I got a report that hives near the Edmonton area were short of pollen on account of the dry weather that mgolden writes about. This will be hard on bees to overwinter well. The shortage of pollen...
I can almost guarantee it is not too cold. Bees will fly at 9-10 degrees C to open feed. Get a drum for every 12 hives for surface area. Fill to desired level. Gone in 3 days first time filled. Gone...
B&E: we split and keep the bees in the same yard. We try to smoke the bees up and queen to the top box. We move a bit of honey and brood around to equalize them. Some bees fly to the old location....
If the are few to no other bees around then keep open feeding. So fast, efficient and if done right very little loss of bees.
So many things have to come together to get the monster crop.
Should be large enough if you actually stick to 500 hives. That can change. I know this from personal experience. also agree with Mark B. , never big enough.
I would plan with 16 foot ceilings if...
The bees that were sent on canola pollination came back heavy. They built a lot of foundation for us and was our second best average. Lots of bees in the hives and many have been split since coming...
Well vented is good. Not heated is very good. The cold can freeze wax moth at all stages of development.
Ian: In your opinion is farming, ranching or beekeeping the hardest?
We do well selling bees. The difficulty is it is very unpredictable. We do not have many standing orders where a...
You probably don't have enough bees if they are keeping you sane. Get more hives drlonzo.
You could put the excluder now and shake her down into box 1. They still have 2 generations before winter maybe 3. That should give them time to reorganize the brood nest. Do it on 25% of your hives...
If you do not start an all out war after you do the clean up... then it might be good to be known as one of those types. It would likely reduce the recidivism rate.
Good on you Ian for taking the time to make the effort. It is so much more productive than moaning and groaning. No one can help if they do not know you need help.
Good advice rhaldridge. After all it is the only thing you can control and change.
Jodie, I believe that the issue of queens simply disappearing is a sign of the times. I has been going on for a few years now. Queens disappear no efforts made by the bees to supercede. Big bummer....
At $2.40/lb Canadian and 130-140 pounds to be had on an average year I would say that it is pretty desirable. Could be more this year as seeding was spread over a 2-3 week period on account of rains....