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  1. 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
  2. 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....
  3. 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...
  4. 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?
  5. 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?
  6. Thread: Custom Pollen Sub?

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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...
  7. Thread: Custom Pollen Sub?

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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...
  8. Thread: Custom Pollen Sub?

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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...
  9. Thread: Custom Pollen Sub?

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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...
  10. 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...
  11. Thread: Custom Pollen Sub?

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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...
  12. Thread: Custom Pollen Sub?

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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...
  13. Thread: Custom Pollen Sub?

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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.
  14. Thread: Custom Pollen Sub?

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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....
  16. 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...
  17. Thread: Custom Pollen Sub?

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    Re: Custom Pollen Sub?

    Ian,

    At this point I just have an idea... We have worked out the nutritional profile to match what is found in natural pollen or in some instances improve upon deficiencies, and that is what the...
  18. Thread: Custom Pollen Sub?

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    Custom Pollen Sub?

    Over the years, I have been asked by some beekeepers about custom vitamin and mineral formulations to go with their pollen sub recipes. As the season winds down, I kick around new ideas, so I...
  19. Thread: Pollen sub mixer?

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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    Jean-Mark,

    I looked at the style of machine David uses and they are nice units. Easy filling and emptying. My experience is with the ribbon style mixers. They give good mixing and dispersal and...
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    Re: Black Hairless Virus conibued

    Robbers?
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Peter, I am puzzled by this statement. I think you are saying that many breeders select for traits that more beneficial to humans than to the plant or animal. However, fitness does have many...
  22. Thread: Mating queens

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    Re: Mating queens

    In the smaller nucs it is really only possible to determine if the queen is laying eggs. Queens can be left longer in the mini nucs to see sealed brood, but then you almost have to make room for the...
  23. Thread: Mating queens

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    Re: Mating queens

    Jim's suggestion of 3 weeks is a good time frame. Commercial queen producers using smaller nucs generally run a 16-18 day catch cycle after "planting" cells, depending on mating conditions. Are you...
  24. Thread: Disease ID help

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    Re: Disease ID help

    European Foulbrood (EFB), Snotbrood, Cornbrood, Idiopathic Brood Disease Syndrome (IBDS)
  25. 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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