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  1. #1
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    Bill: what kind of experince have you had with branding irons. Michael Bush said to ask you where not to buy and why?? where to buy and why?? Thanks. Pembroke

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    I am not bb but i use a brander i got from brand new industries in californa and use it a lot. very good product.

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    I got a branding iron yrs ago. works great its 20 yrs old. called everhot sold by dadant's
    don't know what they cost now. I got the 2 inch numbers.
    Don

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    Mine is from Mann Lake. Not cheap but very good. I think it was $325
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    I bought a Porta-Pro in 2003 and returned it. It took me three years before they took care of the problem. In 2006 they finally got a guy in there that would take matters into his own hands and sent me a newer model, one that is supposed to work. I have yet to try it, I kind of forgot I had it.

    Ask Loggermike what he thinks about Brand New and their Porta-Pro.

    http://www.beesource.com/cgi-bin/ubb...=002881#000011
    Bullseye Bill in The Scenic Flint Hills , KS
    www.myspace.com/dukewilliam

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    I wish I had branded my new stuff BEFORE I boiled them in para/rosin. Good grief. Who knows, it may be even better than a magic marker.
    Bullseye Bill in The Scenic Flint Hills , KS
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    Try the woodworking catalogs like Rocklers and Garrett Wade

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    at $300 + I think I will continue to make my own.

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    OK Bill, funny this should come up now! I complained to BrandNew awhile back and found a new manager-Scott- who listened and took care of the problem. I recently received the solid one piece iron and it is doing an excellent job.No problems with BrandNew now.

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    Yep, that's the guy. I'm glad that they got someone in there that will take care of business. I still have some reservations about the company, but at least Scott is trying to do right and take care of the customer relations side of the business.

    Still. Never expect a Porta-Pro to work for what we want it to do. You have to step up to the next model, the one like Loggermike, (and I hope I), have.
    Bullseye Bill in The Scenic Flint Hills , KS
    www.myspace.com/dukewilliam

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    How do you get the bees to hold still so you can brand them?

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    Well partner, it's like this........ya gotta take some tough ole thread and make yerself a lasso. If they're halter broke you can us the same thread to fashion a fine halter. Color of choice of course!

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    >Color of choice of course!

    This years color is yellow.
    Bullseye Bill in The Scenic Flint Hills , KS
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    >How do you get the bees to hold still so you can brand them?

    That's the hard part. I was considering ear tags, but I don't think they can fly with them in, plus they don't have ears. Doing a roundup every three weeks, though, is getting tiring.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Forget branding and save your money. Pretty soon you'll be required to imbed electronic ID's and tracking devices anyway. Just remember when injecting, thump them on the rump twice and jab the needle in on the third.
    WayaCoyote

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    everhot is now owned by brand new. they make a great product....not cheap though

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    "How do you get the bees to hold still so you can brand them?"

    That's kind of like the old question, "What is the hardest part of milking a mouse?"......."Putting the bucket under it"

    Jim

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