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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    Keep in mind that when bees "forage" on dry sub, they are regurgitating small amounts of "nectar" to help stick it together and pack it in their pollen baskets. This may be what you are seeing with...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    Allen,

    Yes, the goal is to formulate a pollen replacement. I still think the limitation in this is the overall attractiveness of of the pollen sub based on the bulk ingredients. A premix is...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    You are welcome. In my experience, bees will consume patties even on a good pollen flow. I will sometimes feed cell builders right up until I shut them down in July. I view it as insurance. ...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    Ian,

    Your formulation looks pretty good to me. It has a nice compliment of protein sources, the honey and HFCS should give it a great consistency and make it attractive to the bees. The eggs...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    True, but when we circumvent the natural process of foraging and fermenting, we find alternatives to deliver nutrients. Eggs just happen to be an easy source. Could be any animal source. :)
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    David,

    Thanks, that is my understanding too. 24 methylene cholesterol is a precursor used in molting and cell wall formation. The part I am uncertain of is how well honey bees can convert the...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    David,

    Plant oils do supply 24 methylene cholesterol, which is a plant based sterol, but what I cannot find clarity for is is the bees are able to convert the 24 methylene cholesterol to a...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    Yes, corn or soy. There is nothing wrong with canola, just more "bang for you buck" in corn or soy... Believe it or not there is an entire nutritional break down for all of the the oils that could...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    Ian,

    No worries at all! I asked about the canola because it came into vogue years ago in human nutrition as a "healthy" oil. It has since carried over into beekeeping somewhat... I am not aware...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    BernhardHeuvel,

    You are correct in the sense that all food stuffs contain some levels of vitamins and minerals. But I would venture to assume that Ian would never consider feeding a ration to his...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    Ian,

    Your flaw is that you do not account for vitamin and mineral content. :shhhh: My questions were to understand your reasoning... There is nothing wrong with the bulk ingredients. Again, why...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    Ian, why the half cup of Canola? Just out of curiosity, did you calculate the protein content of your patty?

    The bees love honey in patties, but it is tough for a lot of guys to do that... I...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    Thanks for the update! I like your last comment best. All those hungry mouths to feed can be a good thing or a bad thing, all depends on how you manage them.

    I too see the most return from...
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    Re: Putting cells in the finisher?

    With cooler night time temps, the cells will do much better if you put them between two frames of young larvae above an excluder. If that is not possible due to your medium and deep frames, you may...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    Ben, I am not in your shoes, so take this with a grain of salt. If the bees need feed, then they need feed, that is an easy decision. But as others have suggested, patience may be in order. ...
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    Re: Mobile cell incubator kit?

    Nice setup Jim and it holds plenty of cells!

    RAK, I use water bottles and a cooler too. Perhaps that is still the simplest way to go, but the little incubator unit looked interesting.
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    Re: Mobile cell incubator kit?

    Thanks Astro and Johng!

    Steve, I use a lot of banks too, but sometimes cells need to go a little distance from home. A portable incubator just seems a little more simple than picking up a bank. ...
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    Re: Can bees recognize Green?

    Graham, that one made me chuckle. I am sitting here thinking what does he mean, bees only have two tarsal claws on each foot, so if they use two feet they can easily count to 4...:) Then I realized...
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    Re: Mobile cell incubator kit?

    Yes, I really like the 12V option! Beepro, I am not sure how small the incubator can be. A small cooler should work great. I think it said the unit was 48 watts. I have built small chicken egg...
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    Mobile cell incubator kit?

    Does anyone have any experience with this unit in a mobile cell incubator?

    http://incubatorwarehouse.com/48-watt-incukit-dc.html

    I saw this and it caught my eye for building a small portable...
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    Re: Can bees recognize Green?

    Probably not, but they are some of the more salient colors for honey bees. They may not be able to see them as we do, but still create part of the image. I wouldn't worry too much about the colors...
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    Re: Can bees recognize Green?

    Sure, why do you think beekeepers paint their boxes white? :) They can see that portion of the spectrum, but it may not appear the same as we see white.
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    Re: Can bees recognize Green?

    The visible interpretation of red is dependent on the source. Red lights used on a forklift for moving bees at night produces very little visible wavelengths of light, although a little is present...
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    Re: Can bees recognize Green?

    Should be able to Ian, they fall within their visible spectrum. I think the pattern is more important than the color, for the paint on the box and the pattern the nucs are laid out in. Landmarks...
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    Vance,

    Great idea, they are called "walk-in cans" by some, but require extra work and handling.
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