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    Re: Carniolan Honey Production

    Very interesting! It was getting them some money, but for some reason that doesn't work any more. Imagine that! I guess the public's appetite for the tall tales of bee racists has been sated, and...
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    Re: Carniolan Honey Production

    I was just offering you some more possibilities. It's not really clear to me that cold tolerance would necessarily be confined only to adult bees. Mightn't it also be true that the winter cluster...
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    Re: Carniolan Honey Production

    Perhaps the answer lies in the races differing in tolerance for cold. Cold-tolerant Carni queens might reach peak production faster than Italians, or perhaps the larvae don't have to be kept quite...
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    Re: Carniolan Honey Production

    So you apparently are of the opinion that honeybee races are an illusion? That Africanized bees differ behaviorally in no significant way from European bees? That seems very unlikely to me. It's...
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    Re: Carniolan Honey Production

    This is just another form of Lewontin's fallacy, disproved by Cambridge population geneticist AWF Edwards. The short version of Edwards' refutation is that while it is true for individual loci, it...
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    Re: Pollen Pricing

    Janne,

    Thanks for the price info. I'm surprised it's not going for more there in Vancouver.

    In good country, a strong hive with many foragers will ordinarily bring in more pollen than it can...
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    Pollen Pricing

    How many of you are selling pollen in addition to honey, and what prices are you getting? I've found it to be fairly profitable, limited only by the amount it's possible to safely take from the...
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    Re: Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    marshmasterpat,

    >... not all of the labeled certified organics meet those standards,

    I agree in thinking it's a bit of a scam. Even if it's not, though, there are always going to be...
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    Re: Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    Brian,

    Must I save the planet too? I have enough trouble just trying to keep my bees alive! :rolleyes:
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    Re: Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    Astrobee,

    The problem is that "organic methods" in reference to honey describes a real thing, e.g., the use of formic acid (certified organic-approved method, I believe) vs. coumaphos for mite...
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    Re: Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    Brian,

    Not sure I'm following you. I'm guessing you mean that any use of non-certified organic sugar for feed would result in a conflict with organic methods of beekeeping. If that's the...
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    Re: Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    > ... there have been plenty of experiments to show that solids are what give them dysentery.

    I didn't know that. Link?

    Still, it might be possible to remove the "solids" from the fruit juice...
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    Re: Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    Andrew,

    One can only be so paranoid. If it's below detectable levels, then I think it's okay. Have any studies found residues in the mature sugar beets or the sugar refined from them?

    A...
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    Re: Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    >It's not noticeable until they have been confined. The problem is they are storing it for winter feed when they WILL be confined...

    But again, how do you tell it's from this cause rather than...
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    Re: Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    Andrew,

    Testing of beet sugar syrup found no traces of neonicotinoids.

    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/testing-of-bee-feed-syrups-for-neonicotinoid-residues/
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    Re: Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    Michael Bush,

    That sounds plausible, but I haven't noticed any signs of dysentery. How do you tell?

    Re: neonics coating seeds, I would think that would primarily be to protect the seed and...
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    Re: Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    johng,

    I don't think organic honey is impossible to make here in the US, although getting it certified as organic might be a problem. My main yard is located in an isolated area surrounded by...
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    Re: Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    Graham,

    That's a good point. But there's a difference between using organic methods (e.g., formic instead of coumaphos to control mites) and producing a "certified organic" honey. I'm not...
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    Re: Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    Fair enough. Beet sugar is cheaper than cane sugar, and if, as I've read, beet sugar is GMO, that would rule out using the cheap stuff for anyone using sugar who wants to avoid GMO.

    But it's...
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    Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    From what I've read, most white sugar is probably from GMO. Anyone know if using white sugar to feed bees for winter conflicts with organic honey production methods?

    Also, I've been wondering if...
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    Re: My Systemic Allergic Reaction Experience

    In answer to some of the questions above:

    Type of beesuit: Just an ordinary white cotton coverall, plus helmet, veil, and gloves.

    Smoker: I usually don't use one unless I have to, which is...
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    Re: My Systemic Allergic Reaction Experience

    Thanks to all for the advice and good wishes.

    honeyshack: Good luck to you on the tests and let's hope you can continue with the bees. I've heard $100 quoted for epi pen but only seen them...
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    Re: My Systemic Allergic Reaction Experience

    Fieldbee,

    I'm starting to get up there in years a bit and just suspect there may be some heart disease. Called a cardiologist recently and the nurse told me it could easily cost several thousand...
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    Re: My Systemic Allergic Reaction Experience

    Daniel,

    Yes, I agree that different sting locations can lead to widely different results. Can't really afford to keep bees if I have to buy and keep buying epipen though, so I'd have to sell out....
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    My Systemic Allergic Reaction Experience

    I've kept bees for almost 20 years now and never had a problem. I don't particularly enjoy getting stung and don't go out of my way to encourage it, but usually I get stung a number of times each...
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