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    Re: Mobile cell incubator kit?

    Thanks for posting this. I have been meaning to make one using an Arduino but this is much simpler and cheaper.

    Reviews seem favorable.
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    Re: Spin Float Drum Puller

    Thanks Ian. Some nice ideas. I will need to make some modifications to my puller.
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    Re: Spin Float Drum Puller

    Very nice. That should mix the wax and honey much better. Do you have a grate on your wax collecting system or do you run it without one? I would appreciate if you posted pictures of the finished...
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    Re: Setting hives out

    Usually I find they don't have much brood. Get syrup into the hives as quickly as possible is key. If it stays relatively warm I made the right choice. If gets cold I maybe should of waited. However...
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    Not sure my results will help you make a comparison Ian, but here are my results. I analyzed 10 bees individually from 16 different hives.

    8 hives had no infections
    3 hives had 1-2 bees infected...
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    Re: Setting hives out

    Moved 330 out last night.

    Forecast high for Lancaster MN (30 miles south of me) for Sunday is 67 F. Kind had me spooked.

    I can live with most of the forecasts for next week except for the...
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    Re: Nosema and Queens

    Interesting. My Hawaiian queens were not great performers last spring. A bunch died in the first week before i could get then into the hives. Reminded me of kiwi queens. Even now, those hives with...
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    Re: Setting hives out

    Yep, if the weather patterns hold the bees should be out before April. Almost no snow on the fields and very little in the bush.

    The bees in the wintering shed are getting antsy. Any sign of light...
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    Re: USDA Honey House

    Can't speak for other jurisdictions, but where I am, for honey extracting and light manufacturing any future savings if they exists, will never be greater than initial installation. My extracting...
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    Re: Sugar vs HFCS

    Jim, I hear the statement the sucrose stimulates brood and HFSC fo American beekeepers and suppliers. I've never noticed a difference in brood stimulation between the 2, but I must admit I've never...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Can happen at times. I have seen temps into the -20C at times. Sometime even May will have 4 or 5 days where the temperature don't go above 0C. The severe cold or prolong cold can be hard on the bees...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Personally I think Chinooks are potentially more challenging than spring cold spells for Alberta beekeepers. Ends up being simpler and cheaper to winter outdoors. Plus the Chinooks give the bees time...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Couple of things to add to what Ian said.

    It is nice to have several warm days (15C) after the bees have been moved out. Bees will often fly to defecate and then land of the ground. If the day...
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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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