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    Berseem clover for bee forage

    Has any one had any experience in using berseem clover for bee forage? I'm looking at options for my land this year, and really like the idea that it blooms the first year, but wondering if it is...
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    Re: Lots of Dead Bees

    Remember if they are short on carbs (syrup or honey), protein (bee pro) is going to be of no use to them. It sounds like they may be past the point of no return, but if there are live bees in the...
  3. Thread: Any ideas?

    by Saskie
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    Re: Any ideas?

    My guess would be racoons. The claw markings look about the right size, and they'll climb up on hives of that height with no issues.
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    Re: Are bee losses tax deductable?

    It might be different in the US, but in Canada my understanding is bees you purchase is an expense that is a full deduction (not depreciated). Any colonies that are lost can't be an expense, as you...
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    Re: Radial Extractor Stand

    Interesting idea about vibration pads pleasantvalley. I like it, but do want to make darn sure they're exactly where I want them before I drill the floor. I'm moving from a space that basically had...
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    Radial Extractor Stand

    I'm in the process of setting up a new honey house for the coming season, and one of the decisions I went with is to go with my Maxant 50 and 70 framers propped up on stands, with gravity feed into...
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    Re: Inductor tank for honey storage...thoughts?

    I have a 500 gal hopper tank that I use for bulk storage and filling barrels. I got threaded poly pipes right to the honey gate. Just don't let the honey granulate in there, as the plastic doesn't...
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    Re: Smallest Radial Extractor for Deep Frames

    When I was initially looking into buying a radial many years ago, I was given the advice that you want at least a 30 frame for deep frames. Smaller diameter extractors put more force on the side of...
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    Re: What to look for in a flatbed

    I'm in a region where 4x4 is not a must, and I love my 350 series standard cab dually with a 14' bed. If you are any good with a welder, you may be better off to buy a truck with frame rails and...
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    Re: Efficient hive transport

    Keep in mind your trailer weight and how far back the hitch is if you go with the 3500 and flat deck. To get any longer than an 11' deck you have to either stretch the frame, or have your hitch...
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    Re: Bottom boards to pallets

    Hopefully these get the idea across :) (bottom boards are my current construction project on the go). I found that 1/2 plywood was too thin as it would sag as the bottom aged, so switched to 3/4...
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    Re: Bottom boards to pallets

    I run mine on single hive bottoms, and can easily tip hives to assess strength. The 2 key points of my bottom design (very similar to Harry's) that I find makes this easy is that my bottom cleats go...
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    Re: American Foulbrood

    When we had an outbreak in my area, the AFB got a very strong hold on many colonies that had varroa under control. Healthy colonies are just as susceptible as the weak ones, and the infection can...
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    Re: Saskatraz Queens and grafting

    That's exactly it allniter. Remember that queens raised off of them may also produce strong colonies that look great, but don't have the mite resistance. With typical F2 expectations, most...
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    Re: varroa heat treatment?

    I remember reading about it a few years back that you have to keep breaking the cluster, as a cluster of bees will regulate their temperature to not let it get that hot. Outside temps might reach...
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    Re: Saskatraz....any feedback?

    As well as mite resistance, there is a strong focus in the program on winter feed consumption and wintering, quick spring build up and honey production in a short intense flow (traits you need in...
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    Re: Extractor decisions

    Used extractors can also be a consideration. This may put a quality stainless 30 - 60 frame radial in your budget, and make it easier to sell if it does not meet your needs. Once you know your...
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    Re: Maxant 500

    No user manual here, but have had 2 50 framers for over 10 years. Very simple machines that are easy to care for. 2 bearings on the reel that need food grade grease, 2 on the drive shaft. Set your...
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