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  1. Thread: Disease ID help

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    Re: Disease ID help

    European Foulbrood (EFB), Snotbrood, Cornbrood, Idiopathic Brood Disease Syndrome (IBDS)
  2. Thread: white eyed drone

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    Re: white eyed drone

    That may not be a genetic mutation. Look closely at the margins of the eyes, they are still wild type "brown". Every so often, I find drones with part of the pupal casing stuck to their eyes which...
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    Re: Think I have Sacbrood

    Elder,

    That does not look like sacbrood to me. It is hard to tell from the pictures...but it appears to be either an advanced case of EFB, heavy Varroa infestation, or laying worker. From one of...
  4. Thread: Yard Rent?

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    Re: Yard Rent?

    Some great answers here! I too find that it is not always honey that the land owners want although most greatly appreciate a case or two of honey. Each yard is so different. Some folks are pleased...
  5. Thread: Drone genetics

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    Re: Drone genetics

    Juhani,

    No offense meant, just clarifying. :)
  6. Thread: Drone genetics

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    Re: Drone genetics

    As Richard pointed out, there is no crossover in drones, they are "flying sperm bags". The sperm cells from a single drone are identical.
  7. Thread: Drone genetics

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    Re: Drone genetics

    Juhani,

    Imprinting as used in genetic research is not the same as imprinting in the case of young geese "imprinting" on their parents. It refers to the genetic influence imparted by the male or...
  8. Thread: Drone genetics

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    Re: Drone genetics

    Greg Hunt and others have been working on this concept. They may have a more recent publication of their findings, but below is a short abstract from a thesis out of Greg Hunt's lab. The work...
  9. Thread: Drone genetics

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    Re: Drone genetics

    You are correct. There is a great deal of genetic diversity in your four colonies. Honey bees have one of the highest recombination rates, and as Mark pointed out, there are a lot of colonies out...
  10. Thread: Grafting

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    Re: Grafting

    Royal jelly, diluted with about 15-20% saline, just to make it flow a little easier through the dropper. Old research suggests royal jelly composition varies depending on the age of the larvae, so...
  11. Thread: Grafting

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    Re: Grafting

    Yes, slightly better acceptance rate and able to graft younger larvae. Most commercial operations do not prime cells as it is just an extra step. Miksa Honey Farms is one of the only commercial...
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    Re: Will caging a cell delay emergence?

    I normally cage cells right after capping, but they are placed in a bank colony between frames of brood and plenty of bees. When caging cells in cooler weather, I make sure there are lots of bees in...
  13. Thread: Shipping cells

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    Re: Shipping cells

    Deknow,

    Shipped ripe cells with attendants normally run around 75%. My very limited experience with virgins is less than 20% acceptance.

    I should note that we were shipping 48 hour cells...
  14. Thread: Shipping cells

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    Re: Shipping cells

    Deknow,

    For the work we did with 48 hour cells, beekeeper transported cells do very well, shipping, UPS over night, resulted in about 25% success with mated laying queens.
  15. Thread: Shipping cells

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    Re: Shipping cells

    Astro,

    I see. Yes, cells generally have better acceptance, but can me more challenging to ship.

    I use California Mini Cages for emerging and banking virgins. I built a jig to hold the cages...
  16. Thread: Shipping cells

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    Re: Shipping cells

    Astro,

    David Miksa perfected the art of shipping cells, you may want to order a box as johng suggested. David has them timed very well for overnight shipment. The cells still need to be handled...
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    Re: Is our precious almonds killing our livestock?

    On some fruit applications, growers will mix multiple compounds in the same tank. My understanding is that it is perfectly legal to do so as long as the label is followed for each individual...
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    Re: My Cell Building Methods

    Daniel,

    Mike gave you some really good numbers to work with. From my experience, a 75% success rate each step of the way is a reasonable working/planning percentage. 75% of your cells will be...
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    Re: Best glue for disk marking

    Lauri,

    I like the TiteBond glues for marking queens, however the large majority are marked right after insemination while they are still anesthetized. This makes marking easier and the glue has a...
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    Re: mineral supplements for bees

    Irwin,

    I can't say we see an increase in production along the lines of the study you cite. I see about 5-6% increase in the consumption rate of patties with our supplement when compared with a...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Thanks Peter. I think much of modern animal selection can get away with the reduced fitness due to greater environmental control and isolation of herds/flocks. However, beekeeping walks the line of...
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    Re: Drones with yellow eyes....

    Rbees,

    It appears your queen is heterozgous for the mutation, meaning she carries one normal allele and one mutated allele for what looks like it may be the chartreuse color mutation. Most...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Often times exceptional queens do not make the best "breeder" queens as their offspring do not exhibit similar characteristics. Developing lines using progeny testing seems to be the best approach,...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Perhaps the spectrum of acceptable and desirable ecotypes may not be as broad as we assume. Some middle of the road ecotype may work nicely to fill a good number of niches. Then again, I think this...
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    Re: VSH breeding quesion

    The behavior you describe is what concerns me about the VSH behavior. It it what I see when colonies express a measurably and relatively high level of VSH behavior.

    If you are interested to see...
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