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    Re: How would you have responded?

    True that, but a crazy person could put a 1/2 inch starter strip of foundation on 12 frames, and with 8 lbs of bees and a queen, I bet she would fill all cells in 3 days with eggs, and they would...
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    Re: How would you have responded?

    Although I am not a fan of this proposal, a small addition MIGHT shift the odds enough to make it feasible:

    100lbs of bees, 12 cells AND 12 frames of eggs.

    With the right timing, a lucky...
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    Re: March Packages vs. Later

    Honey-4-all, I may be crazy, but GENERALLY, it is not warm enough around here for much to happen before the dandelions bloom. Sure, there are other things blooming, but the bees rarely get a chance...
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    Re: March Packages vs. Later

    When do your dandelions bloom?

    Crazy Roland
  5. Thread: "I Don't Know"

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    Re: "I Don't Know"

    Has anything REALLY changed in beekeeping in 150 years? The neophytes think they have stumbled onto something new and different. Those with the most experience seem to respond that "they have seen...
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    Re: What is Nosema and how can we control it?

    Matheson wrote:

    I do not think we have a clear best answer about what to do, except that healthy well fed bees do not have a big problem with this generic term of nosema.

    Be carefull, I have...
  7. Re: Help me pick my type of bee for my location | Italian or Carniolan

    From our experience, if the weather was normal, and hence a normal honey flow, the average Italian hive would beat the average Carni. hive, mostly because they start with more bees. They do consume...
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    Re: What is Nosema and how can we control it?

    Ian asked:

    is that fumagillin treatment catching all the spores?

    My opinion is yes and no. While Fumagillin levels are high enough, it does a very good job, but since there are many steps to...
  9. Re: Help me pick my type of bee for my location | Italian or Carniolan

    With respect, shinbone said:

    I have never heard that Carniolans produce more honey than Italians.

    Our observations have been that WITH A GOOD FLOW, everything else being equal, good Italians...
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    Re: The do nots in beekeeping

    The following is NOT for the faint of heart:

    Back in the '60s, when I was a lad, My father adamantly instructed me to stand AWAY from the...
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    Re: Only 2 Manufacturers of Wax Foundation in US?

    The clue to look for is cardboard box stamp on the bottom of the box, telling who made he box, and where. All I have seen are from around Hamilton Il, and Clarkson Ky., no matter if they where order...
  12. Re: Big population hive . Management to achive that

    How? With skill. What is it worth to you?

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Best label printer for the buck

    BMAC - sorry, I can not give good suggestions for that low of a volume. I will defer to someone with more knowledge at that level than I. When you want to do 2K jars an hour, let me know. Send me a...
  14. Thread: Chinese Honey

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    Re: Chinese Honey

    The key words are "alleged apple juice". Alleged is always cheaper to produce than real, just like with HF(rice)S.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Best label printer for the buck

    WGlord wrote:

    You are probably giving away enough honey by hand filling to pay for the bottling machine in a year

    I concur.

    On used labeler prices, I am glad I checked before I typed. A few...
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    Re: Best label printer for the buck

    Please allow me to do some homework so that I may respond with a degree of accuracy.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Best label printer for the buck

    If I where you, I would look at a Label-aire 2138. You could buy GOOD color printed labels on a roll, and imprint on a blank field the variable, ie. weight and honey type.

    You are in the middle,...
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    Re: Best label printer for the buck

    I am totally confused. Do you have a label applicator? If so, there are many places that will print quality labels on a roll for you. If you are hand applying, they will still work on the roll. How...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    I agree Oldtimer, we can consistently get cells in the 3rd deep above he excluder. With upper entrances on ever deep super, the added ventilation and nectar not passing thought the brood chamber,...
  20. Re: Extractor Made from 201 Stainless vs 304 Stainless

    Oversimplifying, when you weld SS that does not rust, it CAN rust after weld(no filler) due to selective diffusion of it's component elements. The "good stuff" gets collects in one area, and not so...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Xphoney - Do you really think that the field bees in the 4th deep above the excluder really have much odoriferous effect on the brood chamber so far below? If all the brood work is covered - off to...
  22. Re: Extractor Made from 201 Stainless vs 304 Stainless

    Minz - the filler rod for TIG can be 304L,316 or others. The wire for MIG can also be different alloys. You get what you pay for, corrosion resistance is expensive, chrome and nickel cost more than...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    No problems SQKCRK, Jim figured it out.

    By keeping the queen down, we do not have to spend time looking for her.

    Another approach would be to add an empty deep, with the excluder above it,...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Ace wrote:

    Am I to believe that a commercial operator goes through every hive he owns to count brood frames?

    Most do not, but we do. When you only have a single deep brood chamber, the "Bull of...
  25. Re: Extractor Made from 201 Stainless vs 304 Stainless

    Check the PH of honey. You may be surprised how acidic it is. I buy 304.

    Crazy roland
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