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  1. Re: Help with Expenisve Breeder queen introduction problem

    I haven't heard about this: maybe, if he wants, he should contact us--we would certainly see if we could help him out.






    The initial colony environment of the AI queen is extremely...
  2. Re: Help with Expenisve Breeder queen introduction problem

    Hello folks,
    here's a slightly modified version of what we send out to our customers before we ship out their queens.

    A couple things to keep in mind:

    1. Unsealed brood is not good for...
  3. Thread: Priming cells

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    Re: Priming cells

    I sent you a PM--so as to not hijack this thread. :)
    Adam
  4. Thread: Priming cells

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    Re: Priming cells

    Hello!

    Priming cells is necessary if you graft with a tool that picks up the larva; a hook or needle type grafting tool. The priming fluid uses cohesion to help "pull" the larva from the tool.
    ...
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    Re: Saline solution for II

    Hi folks!


    The OP also posted his saline question to http://vshbreeders.org.


    The link below takes you to that thread. There, the thread includes information on AI buffers; saline solution...
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    Re: Need a Queen Bee ASAP

    Give these guys a shout:
    Wildflower Meadows - 760-440-5BEE (5233) - California. Wildflower Meadows offers VSH Italian queen bees for sale.


    Adam
    http://vpqueenbees.com
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    Re: VSH trait: bees biting legs of varroa mites?

    Here are the programs and breeders:


    http://www.nelsonhoney.com/queen-breeding-programme/


    http://blogs.msucares.com/honeybees/


    http://aristabeeresearch.org/
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    Re: VSH trait: bees biting legs of varroa mites?

    Yes! That's another set of traits you can select for when breeding bees: Hygienic Behavior. This is different from VSH Behavior. People who select for hygienic behavior will often use

    the freeze...
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    Re: VSH trait: bees biting legs of varroa mites?

    Hi there--

    AstroBee is correct. "Mite Biting" falls under "grooming behavior". Adult bees will groom other bees and themselves, potentially removing and inhibiting parasites (Varroa) from...
  10. Re: "The formulation makes the honey bee poison" Formulation/ adjuvant toxicity abstr

    You're welcome.


    In case you can't or don't want to get the paper, the bottom line is the

    inert ingredients used in many pesticide formulations are being found to be as deadly or more
    ...
  11. "The formulation makes the honey bee poison" Formulation/ adjuvant toxicity abstract

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048357514002533

    Christopher A. Mullin, Jing Chen, Julia D. Fine, Maryann T. Frazier, James L. Frazier, The formulation makes the honey bee...
  12. Thread: Moonbeam stock

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    Re: Moonbeam stock

    VSH is used by the many of the USA's largest beekeepers in their queen breeding programs.

    No snake oil, no mythology, just hard work and perseverance.

    Adam Finkelstein & Kelly Rausch
    Producing...
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    Re: Introduce virgin queens of a different strain

    We ship day-old virgins in JZBZ cages with 7 attendants. The attendants care for the virgins. We've had pretty much 100% survival shipping this way for over five years. Try using attendants when you...
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    Re: Introduce virgin queens of a different strain

    I've kept my mouth shut on this topic till now...:)

    Virgin queens produce pheromones used in survival that mated queens do not produce. I did some research on this years ago--didn't publish, but...
  15. Re: Harvesting and Preserving Royal Jelly for Grafting

    Joe, interesting. Virus by itself can't live for too long outside of a host. I wonder if the guy you mention was reusing the cells immediately? I'd think boiling old JZBZ cups to clean them would...
  16. Re: Harvesting and Preserving Royal Jelly for Grafting

    It wouldn't. However, background populations of Black Queen Cell Virus are present in most bee populations. I can dredge up a reference if you want, or you can look it up.

    We've had the gracious...
  17. Re: Harvesting and Preserving Royal Jelly for Grafting

    Sadly, another downside to priming with Royal Jelly is that it may significantly increase one's chances of getting a Black Queen Cell Virus breakdown.

    Adam
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    http://vpqueenbees.com
  18. Thread: VSH Breeding?

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    Re: VSH Breeding?

    Hi Joe,

    We *do* select for VSH behavior. We use two specific tests, and we use gross selection: we choose our breeders from breeding candidates that perform well without any mite treatments.
    ...
  19. Thread: VSH Breeding?

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    Re: VSH Breeding?

    Oh okay, not enough coffee yet... :)

    We perform Alcohol Wash test and the Non-Reproductive VSH test on some candidates. Seasonal performance results are considered as well. We make our breeding...
  20. Thread: VSH Breeding?

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    Re: VSH Breeding?

    I was wondering when you'd post about this! :D


    We now perform two tests in our breeding program that select for VSH in addition to other economic traits. We use a large population and have an...
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    Re: Cordovan, Italians and Pol-lines

    Yeah, me too!!! :D

    Adam
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    http://vpqueenbees.com
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    Re: Cordovan, Italians and Pol-lines

    We can custom make AI breeders that will produce mostly Cordovan colored workers, but we charge more for 'em because the cross requires more intensive drone selection (color).
    I wrote you about...
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    Re: Pumps and feeding

    Thanks,
    Adam
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    Re: Pumps and feeding

    Thanks for the repost and link references! :)


    Adam
    http://vpqueenbees.com
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    Re: Pumps and feeding

    Johny,
    Thanks for describing this. How did you make the drain? Was there already a fitting installed on the tank to attach the hose to?
    How do you fill the tank? How does it ride in your truck?...
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