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    Re: Moving bees across country

    I don't see that moving them would be a problem, on or in a truck, not a small trailer, too much bouncing. Screened top and bottom board protected from the wind. Pollinators move thousands, millions,...
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    Re: Processing Other Peoples Wet Cappings?

    On a small scale with a solar melter I find that it does not pay, for even 100% of the product.
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    Re: Wax moth prevention in storing

    That sounds rather labor intensive, and not too EZ. (easy)
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    Re: 8 frame equipment

    Here are pictures of a half plastic frame follower board for a wide Mann Lake 8 frame brood chamber. I cut them on my table saw with a Freud Diablo 90 tooth carbide blade. We usually turn the side...
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    Re: 8 frame equipment

    I solve the Mann Lake 14" wide problem with a follower board in the brood chambers and wide spacing in the honey supers. A plastic frame with one side of the sidebars cut off makes an easy follower...
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    Re: Plastic Drone Foundation Sheets

    You will have the problem of keeping the queen off of them. Plastic foundation is easier to get drawn out with no queen excluder, but if the queen lays in that drone comb you can have one hell of a...
  7. What does your day job pay? One hour at work...

    What does your day job pay? One hour at work might have bought you a box of foundation. I can send out my employees for $75 - $95 an hour. If I paid them for one hour to clean old foundations I would...
  8. Re: What is the best way to clean plastic waxed foundation?

    How many hours and what costs did you have cleaning those 60 frames?
    Tote $15? reuseable, bleach $2.00, 2000 lb. pressure washer $500? reuseable
    Scrape wax 3? hours, bleach 3 hours? pressure wash...
  9. Re: What is the best way to clean plastic waxed foundation?

    We have been using a 4" wide disposable paint brush. Tried the roller and went back to the brush. I think Michael Palmer dips.
  10. Re: What is the best way to clean plastic waxed foundation?

    Consider re-waxing them after cleaning.
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    Re: Feeding With Honey Supers All Capped

    Why not harvest the honey since you are feeding anyways? It is worth a lot more than the cost of syrup.
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    Re: Beekeeping Trailer

    Another thought.....working hives so closely spaced is hard enough even on an open trailer. Very difficult to take boxes on and off tightly spaced and with an overhead obstacle, the bottom of the...
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    Pretty narrow working space inside I would have...

    Pretty narrow working space inside
    I would have lower row down on the deck. That would give you more height to super up. Will the back be open for ventilation?


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    Re: No harvesting?

    I would think Apivar to be enough. If it was applied early enough.
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    Re: Beekeeping Trailer

    Having towed trailers for close to 50 years, I have found that when a single axle trailer hits a pot hole or bump it really bounces. Whereas a two axle trailer more bridges these obstacles reducing...
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    Re: Beekeeping Trailer

    I would think a dual axle trailer makes for a less bumpy ride than a single axle trailer.
  17. Re: Small hive beetle attracted to unused equipment?

    Here are the California Dept of Ag rules on hive sanitation. Exposed dead hives with pests are illegal:



    Article 12. Sanitation (29170-29181) (7692)(1-click HTML)

    29170. No person shall...
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    Hex jar technical question

    Could someone tell me the diameter of the sunken depression on the Mann Lake 58 MM gold lid of a 6 ounce hex jar?
  19. Re: Double deckers and triple deckers completely filled...what are our options?

    Our born 8/3 batch are doing spectacular, with brood patches like this by 8/27. We have this lineup (23 total) born yesterday (9/7) with beautiful mating weather slated for next week. We had...
  20. Re: Attaching comb to top bar (or anything for that matter)

    Patbeek has not been around long enough to have come up with that hanger. I have been using it for 20 years.

    https://i.postimg.cc/KYqMLz53/wire-comb-support.png
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    Re: Beekeeping Trailer

    Mine is a 16' car hauler with plywood stake sides and hives facing inward spaced with pallet clips. I made mine so that i do not have to climb up into it, almost ever. I can work the bees standing on...
  22. Re: Double deckers and triple deckers completely filled...what are our options?

    I see the eucalyptus budding up down here. You should be good unless there is a hellish winter. Don't get greedy. Make your divides strong enough to build up. Three frames of brood and two of honey....
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    Re: Why use a FUME "board"?

    I used a fume board this week for the first time, a Mann Lake solar model, with Honey Bee Gone. In the sun it worked well. Only a few bees left for the blower. Probably using two would be good so...
  24. 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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