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    Re: Blueberries and EFB

    Mike,

    I can't comment on the acidity as I am uncertain of that one. The early research suggests it is more of a timing and nutrition issue. Bacteria are present in the hive and the surrounding...
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    Re: Why use brewers yeast in pollen substitute?

    You may use corn flour in place of yeast. Corn compliments soy well. Your overall protein content will be lower, but that is okay.

    You may also omit the Vit C as bees appear to be able to...
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    Re: Blueberries and EFB

    Mark,

    EFB today is not what it was say 20 years ago. There appear to be more virulent strains out there and can travel on or in the bees themselves. There are instances of EFB infections on new...
  4. Thread: Is this robbing?

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    Re: Is this robbing?

    It doesn't appear to be robbing, but they seem to be excited about something. Could be just a nice afternoon?
  5. Re: Where to buy those cans of syrup and Bee Package Cages?

    Have you tried C.F. Koehnen and Sons? They used to sell them and may still...
  6. Thread: Neighbor complaint

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    Re: Neighbor complaint

    The idea of buying your neighbor a nice feeder that is not honey bee accessible is a great idea. Always keep a good relationship with your neighbors, especially if you live in a residential area. ...
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    Ian,

    There can be a lot of variation between colony infection levels and even among workers from the same colony. One really high individual in a composite sample can elevate your counts.
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    - This is the key. If they cannot clear their gut contents, levels often continue to rise.

    I didn't see it, but assume your samples were taken after treatment? For peace of mind, you could...
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    Re: Thinning/feeding thick corn syrup?

    Perhaps a test is in order? The syrup can be diluted with water, a little heat or hot water will make it easier if it is cold or extremely thick syrup. Do you have some queen cages lying around? ...
  10. Thread: Winter Prep

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    Re: Winter Prep

    Jon,

    Nice winter wrapping. I use a very similar setup with mini nucs I overwinter, but use the 1.5" pink polystyrene. Is there an advantage to using the fiberglass insulation?

    Thanks,
    Joe
  11. Thread: Custom Pollen Sub?

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    Re: Custom Pollen Sub?

    Saltybee,

    In looking at cells of pollen built on the glass in my observation hive I had as a kid, it looked like the bees packed in one pollen load at a time as I could see layering in the cells....
  12. Thread: Custom Pollen Sub?

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    Re: Custom Pollen Sub?

    Thanks David. Lecithin has been used as an additive in many food/feed industries. Sometimes for nutritive value, but more for texturing or material handling.

    Ian, my only guess is that the...
  13. Thread: Custom Pollen Sub?

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    Re: Custom Pollen Sub?

    David,

    Do you use lecithin as a texturing agent or for a nutritive value?
  14. Thread: Custom Pollen Sub?

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    Re: Custom Pollen Sub?

    Other than saving on labor, what are the reasons for feeding dry supplement? Do beekeepers like to see the stored sub in the frames?
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    Re: Custom Pollen Sub?

    David,

    I agree, looking at a short time frame is pretty tough, but longer term averages of composite pollen samples is more manageable. Also formulating the diet around the bulk ingredients helps...
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    Re: Custom Pollen Sub?

    Chip,

    Smell some freshly collected pollen, it is a HIGHLY complex mixture of floral odors and very attractive to honey bees. Drop a few pellets of fresh pollen in a hive and watch the bee's...
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    Re: Custom Pollen Sub?

    Wow, great discussion!

    We are getting a better handle on honey bee dietary needs using techniques developed by other animal disciplines. That is why I am asking the question... If we know what...
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    Re: Custom Pollen Sub?

    Ian,

    I would disagree, as I do not know of evidence to support bees being able to discern protein and nutrient levels effectively in pollen. Nectar is a different story as bees are very good at...
  19. Thread: Custom Pollen Sub?

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    Re: Custom Pollen Sub?

    Chip, you are correct, looking at each colony would be cost prohibitive, but a general area is doable. What I am suggesting is looking more at the diet fed itself. Many beekeepers use recipes that...
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    Re: Custom Pollen Sub?

    Chip,

    Yes, food sources are certainly more and more limited, which is why supplemental nutrition is increasingly important.

    Ian operates a nice beef cattle operation and has some really nice...
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    Re: Custom Pollen Sub?

    Roland,

    Perhaps we are talking about two different things? If an animal works harder, their metabolism speeds up, food is digested and utilized faster, they are hungrier and eat more. This is...
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    Re: Custom Pollen Sub?

    Thanks Chip!

    It may be just personal preference, but I prefer feeding patties over dry feeding. With patties, I know the nutrients are in the hive, and that is the best I can do.
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    Re: Custom Pollen Sub?

    Chip, I see. To me, overly nutritious seems confusing. May I suggest overly nutritious means "unbalanced", for most circumstances? Granted different circumstances require slightly different diets....
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    Re: Barrel Settling Tank

    Dan,

    Here is a link for a place in Columbus. The first link is their Craig's list ad. Check out the 5th picture. It is a 200 gallon tank with a valve for $60. The second link is their website....
  25. Thread: Custom Pollen Sub?

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    Re: Custom Pollen Sub?

    Ian,

    Due to the cost involved for full spectrum analyses, we run composite pollen samples, meaning that we collect pollen samples for a period using a pollen trap and analyze the batch. It is a...
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