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  1. Re: Causes of dead open larva. EFB, Sacbrood, what else?

    Sacbrood is viral, so not much you can do about it... If the hive is otherwise healthy and building, I wouldn't worry about it.
  2. Re: Causes of dead open larva. EFB, Sacbrood, what else?

    To me, EFB and Sacbrood look very different. From what you describe it sounds like Sacbrood. For Sacbrood, the infected larva is generally elongated and a little "blown-up", kind of like a water...
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    Re: Sweet clover and the snow?

    Thanks for the side note babybee! Glad to hear you were pleased with them. Now for the hard part, they need to make a crop.
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    Re: drones being raised as queens, possible?

    Yes, although I have not seen one emerge. The cells are pretty distinct as they are very long and narrow, not like the nice sculptured queen cells. Tried grafting some bars of drone larvae years...
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    Re: Sweet clover and the snow?

    I don't have any experience with your specific situation, but in our area, snow is a great insulator for protecting plants in the winter. Hopefully anything below the snow will be protected for...
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    Re: I'm Thinking EFB Please Confirm

    I thinking what you are thinking... Looks like EFB, but what I can't figure out is how the larvae are sticking to the tops of the cells. :)
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    Okay, understood, how about one of those electronic bee counters then? :) As Ian wrote, not trying to make more work for you, just intrigued by the possibilities of your setup.

    I think you have a...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    I have seen temperature data on hives and how an inspection disturbs the colony for quite some time, but do you have a segment of weight data that might show how your inspection might impact the...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    A picture/graph is worth a thousand words... That seems fitting. When beekeepers alleviate some of the limiting factors such as temperature, disease, food availability, bees can do some pretty...
  10. Thread: New Neonics Study

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    Re: New Neonics Study

    Jeri Wright is a good researcher and her study is an interesting approach! Thanks for sharing the post.
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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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