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    Default Setting escape boards with our Ezyloader

    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Default Re: Setting escape boards with our Ezyloader

    Thanks for the cool video, Ian.
    I have never used the hand-hold hars on my Ezyloader, only the forks.
    Good to see them in action.
    I have exactly ONE hive more than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond question.

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    Thanks for sharing.

    Aren't you worried that a bear will hurt himself knocking over such tall hives?

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    Thanks for the video. If that loader prevents one serious back injury, it pays for itself. Thou shalt not covet thy brother's EZLoader.

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    Default Re: Setting escape boards with our Ezyloader

    What is the nectar source of the crop?

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    Default Re: Setting escape boards with our Ezyloader

    Wow, living in the desert we never see hives stacked up like that. Roger might covet your EZloader, I covet your honey crop!
    -Rob Bliss
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    Default Re: Setting escape boards with our Ezyloader

    how do you move the queen down?

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    The queen had been shaken down to the bottom box 3 week prior, when they were still in two boxes. The queen is then confined to the single with a queen excluder and she establishes her brood nest only in that single. She will use 8 or 9 out of the 10 frames for brood. All the honey over the single is then taken for crop

    and ya, bears would have fun tipping hives over. We do not get many bears here, but I know of guys who fence their yards off
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Default Re: Setting escape boards with our Ezyloader

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    What is the nectar source of the crop?
    we are pulling clover and canola, alfalfa is also blooming but the honey is being extracted at 05mm so its mostly clover canola
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Default Re: Setting escape boards with our Ezyloader

    Can you share your escape board design or type with us?

    I'd like to try your method but I'm afraid.
    We have SHB here and the clock starts ticking the minute the combs are left unprotected.

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    I dont have any experience with SHB

    we use the screen board, and 10 cone escape
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    Default Re: Setting escape boards with our Ezyloader

    Hey now that looks pretty slick. How many hives can you pull honey from in a day with that ezloader?

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    Default Re: Setting escape boards with our Ezyloader

    Its slower than hiring a bunch of guys and fume boards.
    I have 200 boards which we will set in a day, to come back in a couple of days to collect. So if you had enough boards, and enough boxes to keep the yard work going everyday, and enough space in your honey house, once you got going, you could pull 200 hives everyday.

    But I dont, Im limited to 200 boards, not enough supers, not enough space in my honey house, and I am currently running one crew, so I am pulling and extracting 400 hives per week.
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Default Re: Setting escape boards with our Ezyloader

    That sounds like a good process you have. I just moved and have no honey house. I think I might convert my sea container to a honey house for this year.

    I have 16 fume boards as I only place 32 colonies a yard. That ezyloader really looks like a nice unit. I dont care for fume boards and I dont have a team of people working for me. 1 part timer is all I have besides myself.

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    wow lifting without pain : )
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    Default Re: Setting escape boards with our Ezyloader

    Ian, so what do you do about frames of unripe honey that you encounter back at the honey house, because surely there must be some in there with those tall stacks of supers? Do you fill up new boxes with them and put them back on the hives later, or just extract it all out and hope for the best?

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    Default Re: Setting escape boards with our Ezyloader

    Ian if you dont mind me asking how much did you pay for that ezyloader?

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    Default Re: Setting escape boards with our Ezyloader

    Quote Originally Posted by BMAC View Post
    Ian if you dont mind me asking how much did you pay for that ezyloader?
    What model is it and what modifications did you need?
    Did you have to buy it overseas and import etc or is it available locally?

    I'm not sure if you've given the details before. Hope I'm not derailing the thread. It's an interesting piece of equipment.

    Oh.. One more question.
    If I get you a couple tickets to Disney can you dig it out of the snow and bring it down for me to try out around March?

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    Default Re: Setting escape boards with our Ezyloader

    Quote Originally Posted by jmgi View Post
    Ian, so what do you do about frames of unripe honey that you encounter back at the honey house, because surely there must be some in there with those tall stacks of supers? Do you fill up new boxes with them and put them back on the hives later, or just extract it all out and hope for the best?
    no, I dont hope for the best, its all about timing,
    you will notice that not all the hives are stacked 7 high, some are in 3
    Give them the room to store the honey that that particular hive can achieve, and during the flow, you can time when the average moisture content is desirable. Too early, light boxes and un ripe honey, too late and plugged boxes and too dry honey
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Default Re: Setting escape boards with our Ezyloader

    Quote Originally Posted by BMAC View Post
    Ian if you dont mind me asking how much did you pay for that ezyloader?
    I paid $23000 a few years back, but not they run for $30000
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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