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    Default Filling candy tubes

    We have filled them by hand for the last few years, but with the growing client and chore list it is high time to automate. I have seen some pictures of what looked like an electric caulking gun and heard stories about a heated tip. Anybody have suggestions on how to automate or speed the process up?
    John B Jacob www.oldsolbees.com

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    John,
    What is a "candy tube"? Do you mean the part of a queen cage that holds the candy? Either in three-hole (Benton) cages or in JZBZ cages?

    Adam Finkelstein
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    The plastic tube that inserts into the California mini cages. The three holes are fill by hand for sure, but most of our queens go in a battery box with attendants on the outside of the mini cages with each cage plugged with a candy tube...pretty standard operating procedure.
    John B Jacob www.oldsolbees.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBJ View Post
    The plastic tube that inserts into the California mini cages. The three holes are fill by hand for sure, but most of our queens go in a battery box with attendants on the outside of the mini cages with each cage plugged with a candy tube...pretty standard operating procedure.
    SOP only on the LEFT coast... (HEH).

    Even though the Cal mini cages are a convenience I've always had better outcome with queen/virgin health having attendants in with the queen.

    Couldn't you build a form to hold a bulk # of those tubes and then press the whole form into warmed candy, thus filling a mess of tubes?

    Adam Finkelstein
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    Smile Candy Tubes --your Answer!

    Web site: www.CFKOEHNEN
    They had bees on our farm near Butte City Calif. in 1953. They started in 1907.
    http://www.koehnen.com/photo%20gallery.html

    Check out the lower left photo of Maria making 3,000 -3,500 tubes per day
    Regards,
    Ernie

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    Thanks Bees4U. I can quite reverse engineer from that picture, but it does look convenient. Filling them by hand gets old pretty fast. What do the rest of you do?
    John B Jacob www.oldsolbees.com

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