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    Re: Community feeders

    If you are going to use straw for a float make sure that you add plenty of it. You probably don't need too thick a layer of straw but you are better to start with a thicker layer and experiment with...
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    Re: Community feeders

    Should work nicely for spring. I find 1 of the totes is adequate for a yard of 60 in spring.

    I think for fall the you might not have enough surface area. I use 1 tote for every 10 hives in fall....
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    Re: Community feeders

    Open feeding or community feeding work alright if your bees are not to close to other beekeepers yards. If temperatures are below 70F, a mile between bee yards is fine from my experience. I have have...
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    Re: Building Strong Frames

    I would have needed a scale that could read much high forces. I wasn't looking to test frame strength. Rather I was testing joint strength using different methods. No need to use a time consuming...
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    Re: Building Strong Frames

    48 hours at 15 C.

    Your gluing technique was a great tip. Probably faster and much better hold. I image gluing up the sides of the notch might have greater strength but I think the gluing the...
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    Re: Building Strong Frames

    From a strength perceptive, I don't really know if 2 staples with glue are significantly stronger than 1 staple with glue as my scale only was calibrated to 200 lb. I felt I had the information I...
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    Re: Spin Float Drum Puller

    I would love to see pictures of the steam cooker as well.

    Ian what have you got in mind for a mixer. I've been scratching my head for a solution as well.
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    Re: Building Strong Frames

    Before doing the tests, when building frames the glue we applied often amounted to be a blob of glue in the center of the notch and we stapled one staple through the top bar into the end bar. After...
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    Building Strong Frames

    After reading some of the comments in the French Bee Farm Jig thread about different frame building methods, I decided to test various configurations. The top bars were fastened to the end bar using...
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    Re: Ring shank Nails or Staples?

    I use 2 inch staples with a 1/2 inch crown. No glue. One staple for every finger of the box joint. Can build up to 40 boxes an hour.

    Strength is not problem. A couple of time some boxes full of...
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    Re: Spin Float Drum Puller

    I built a little "room" around my spin float with an opening facing the extractor. The front can be closed with plastic for periods when I am not using the spin float and I put up a heater by the...
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    Re: Spin Float Drum Puller

    I use an I bean, trolley, and chain hoist. Nice to be able to raise and lower the drum slowly. It would be nice to be able place the drum in a vertical position and rotate it. I usually only clean my...
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    Re: Spin Float Seperators

    We use a window squeegee to pull the wax into a container. In a power failure honey can all be saved. I am thinking of putting one more deflector vertically along the left front leg. Usually not much...
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    Re: Spin Float Seperators

    This is what you might be looking for Ian. I put deflectors on the side as well to direct wax into the pan and have the pan sloped towards the back.
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    Re: French frame buidling jig

    Yep. I don't think the big jig is any faster than a smaller one. I like to insert the foundation before the bottom bar goes on (faster I think) and that would not be possible with this jig.
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    Re: French frame buidling jig

    Found it a bit strange that the foundation was being inserted with the communication hole up. It may be to avoid the staples in the top grove from stapling through the end bars into the top bar.
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    Re: Any Plastic Foundation Preferences?

    I don't have a problem with acceptance with single waxed so that would not be a selling feature for me.

    However, I find the uncapper pulls fresh wax from plastic foundation more readily that from...
  18. Re: What is Nosema and how can we control it?

    Jim and Davids results agree with much of the research out there for thymol and nosema: Yes it does; no it doesn't; who knows.

    Jim anecdotes are very valuable in this industry. Much what I do...
  19. Re: Big population hive . Management to achive that

    Jean-Marc

    300 nucs this year. Most years 100 - 200. I hired a part time employee this year to work strictly with the nucs. 5 framers can be a mess and have all sorts of problems if one lets things...
  20. Re: What is Nosema and how can we control it?

    My recollection of nosema infection agrees with what Joe stated earlier:

    "fumagillin inhibits DNA replication for the Nosema once it enters the epithelial cells. That is where the cycle is...
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    Re: Any Plastic Foundation Preferences?

    BBK what is the benefit in triple waxing?
  22. Re: What is Nosema and how can we control it?

    To use an analogy of a plant.

    The spore is like the seed.

    The vegetative stage is like the growth stage of the plant. The vegetative stage last about 2-3 days for a given spore that develops....
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    Amazing how many things beekeeping that are "set in stone" actually aren't.



    5 framers are not a problem in a wintering shed. I imagine outdoors might be tricky but have never tried it. I often...
  24. Re: What is Nosema and how can we control it?

    Not sure there is an answer Ian.

    The bee ingests a spore and once the spore is in the gut of the bee it begins developing. If the bee's immunity is compromised due to poor nutrition, wrong...
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    lol I thought about going back to change kill to treat but was to lazy.

    I know nothing about the mechanisms Fumagillin uses to treat nozema. I always assumed it killed the actively growing, spore...
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