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  1. Re: Maxant Bottling Tank: 16 gallon v. 25 gallon

    I got a Dadant nine gallon tank for $150 a few years ago but this week we are having to add to it five times with five gallon buckets because we need that much heated honey. I really need a 25 gallon...
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    Re: Solar Melter Failing

    It is important that the sun's rays hit the wax directly. A good melter is sloped into the direction of the sun. The slope also allows the melted wax to run down into a pan, that should also be in...
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    Re: Solar Melter Failing

    Post pictures of your setup.
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    Re: Need help on brood above queen excluder

    Shake bees in honey supers off into the brood chamber watching for queen as you go. Inspect excluder for flaws and return shaken supers above excluder. Return in three weeks and harvest.
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    Re: Are these Ground Bees or Wasps?

    A bucket of soapy water down that hole at night might take care of them.
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    We are not doing it at hundreds of sites or even hundreds of traps. Nor do we do it full time. The only reason we catch a lot is that we are Piss Poor Beekeepers and have a lot of black comb from...
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    Re: Parts for Dadant Junior Bench extractor

    Try Penny at Dadant Metal Manufacturing. 217 852-3324
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    Charlie should not be so modest. He did manage to Tom Sawyer me into allowing him to set traps at my sites where he caught one at two sites. This of course lowers my annual count as his catches could...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    Brood from bait hive catch in foggy weather area.

    https://i.postimg.cc/RFMFt7yR/IMG-07801.jpg
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    Killing each other is usually a good sign. They...

    Killing each other is usually a good sign. They almost always arrive after those bloodbaths, but I had one rumble after which they didn't.
    I had this nice one fly in yesterday after weeks of...
  11. Thread: Custom Labels

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    I should send the County Weights and Measure...

    I should send the County Weights and Measure inspector out to check your label and you will be singing a different song.
    The label requirements are different everywhere and under several agencies...
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    Re: selling full frames for consumption

    I think full frames of comb are the easiest money I make. I just slip foundationless medium frames between drawn combs in the honey supers. Put on a good hive in a good flow. Sort as they come into...
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    Re: selling full frames for consumption

    I sell newly drawn and filled foundationless comb honey primarily to other beekeepers to cut/package themselves and sell at Farmers Markets. I sell about two a year to retail customers. Not a big...
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    I rescued (paid job, of course) this colony in an...

    I rescued (paid job, of course) this colony in an oak tree this winter and mounted it on a pallet. These survivors have expanded so much that they have excavated thru their EcoFloor material and...
  15. Thread: EFB dilemma

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    Sticky: Re: EFB dilemma

    I have found Mann Lake Terra patty to be very effective.
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    Re: Bees several feet back under mobile home

    What do you charge for a removal like this?
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    Re: Mann Lake Failed Me - Best Premade Hive Box?

    I have been making follower boards for extra wide boxes by running a plastic frame through the table saw and cutting off one side of the spacing shoulders and top bar right down to the plastic...
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    Re: What have you found to be the best way to

    I have always used blowers for my several ton annual harvest. I use a shop vac hose with a tapered nozzle on any appropriate blower and a spinning table which we stand the super on end. We get out...
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    Re: Why am I losing my Queens?

    It is my experience that a lot of commercially produced queens are not mated adequately. I think many here on this board will suggest you get locally mated queens maybe from swarm catches.
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    Re: 2019 NUC Prices

    It has always seemed to me that hive and nuc prices do not pay an hourly fee anywhere near other trades. What is your plumber, electrician, mechanic and lawyer charging you?
    The box and frame...
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    Re: Check out this nuc

    These are pics of nucs Randy Oliver sold this year here in California. They were jammed full of bees, sealed brood and stores for $190 after the club markup. Yours was worth $12 for the box and maybe...
  22. Re: What to do with last winter's 5 deadout hives honey frames?

    >I could extract the honey, but I'm not real interested in doing so. Dark comb, crystalized honey = work and not great looking honey.

    Oftentimes you gotta do what you gotta do.....even if not...
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    Re: Help with solar wax melter

    You will find that black combs do not produce much wax and they leave a black residue on the frames that I remove by hot pressure washing.
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    Re: swarm in a 6 inch shallow

    Place a deep on top and run it as a 1 1/2.
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    Re: Missed By Inches

    They likely did not move in due to over applying lure. Two sprits of Swarm Commander for a few drops of LGO is plenty. They would have been as likely a catch set up on a stand in your apiary as up on...
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