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    Re: Evaluating Queens - How long before you know?

    The longer the better. Three years of production records is nice, 4-5 years is exceptional.
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    Sugar is insurance. If they need it, it is available. Brood rearing can be stressful for a small colony. They need the right temperature, perhaps the hardest to achieve, and food. With small...
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    You are welcome. Can bees be raised on an artificial diet and sugar? My inclination is yes, but I am not sure we are completely there yet. Nutritionists have done this for just about every other...
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    I really like using sugar above clusters, especially small nucs where I simply cant't get enough syrup or honey in the box relative to the cluster size. I don't think sugar stimulates brood...
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    The carbohydrate/sugar content runs about 30%. We have evaluated many other formulations up to 90% sugar. 30% is fine for most active brood rearing, but higher sugar content increases consumption...
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    Re: Small Scale VSH genetics and hybridization

    It sounds like you are looking for ways to control mating other than using II. It is really tough to do other than flooding an area with desirable drones. It is easier to flood an area, earlier in...
  7. Thread: Pollen sub mixer

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    Re: Pollen sub mixer

    Ian,

    If you really want a "liquid" protein, a dozen eggs will cost you about $2 or $5 if you want the free range organic, which is quite a deal at about 10-12% protein. If you turn the mixer way...
  8. Thread: Quebec Queens

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    Re: Quebec Queens

    Good stock is important, but the quality of the daughter queens produced from any stock is equally important. Why not produce your own queens, under optimal circumstances? You will not be...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer

    I will second the wheel barrow and shovel idea! It works well, but I thought it was too simple to suggest. Mixers are great too, but then you have keep them running to pay for themselves.
  10. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    There is a great deal of value in wisdom and hard earned knowledge gained over generations. Building on that wisdom and knowledge enables "forward progress" for future generations. Perhaps being...
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    Re: Using 2:1 syrup when making sugar blocks?

    What do you have to lose? Mix the syrup well with dry sugar, place in some sort of mold, or on wax paper and let them harden for a while. Use just enough syrup to lightly dampen the sugar, like wet...
  12. Thread: Taste Test?

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    Re: Taste Test?

    Apis,

    Thank you. I might take your last paragraph one step further. Bees have fat bodies and will deplete their personal energy reserves as well. It is a real challenge to rebuild a starving...
  13. Thread: Taste Test?

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    Re: Taste Test?

    I think the overall conclusion of Randy's article was that patties are beneficial to colony maintenance and growth. He did mention that for one or more of the formulations in the trial it appeared...
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    Re: Taste Test?

    Irwin,

    I am not sure of the current cost, but it is comparable to other protein sources, perhaps slightly more cost effective. Most protein based animal feed products are priced according to...
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    Re: Taste Test?

    Ian,

    Corn gluten is high in protein, although not very well balanced in amino acids. Keep in mind, corn gluten is an isolate, which means other components are removed to increase the overall...
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    Re: Taste Test?

    Ian,

    I would say about 75% of the corn gluten has been cleaned up. It was almost dark when I came in this evening and the bees were still working on it. Last chance before the weather turns. ...
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    Re: Taste Test?

    Very interesting! Was there anything noticeably unique about the organic expelled soy meal. I wasn't using any soy today, but in the past soy flour, by itself, was not very attractive to the bees.
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    Re: Taste Test?

    Michael,

    I agree! Simple taste tests do not show much. I really like dark chocolate and will go for that over most things, but only for so long as it is not the best long term nutritional choice.
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    Taste Test?

    This morning I was mixing up some test diets and the weather was supposed to be 60 degrees and sunny. A while back, there was a discussion about bee's preference when it comes to supplements and...
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    Re: Using entrance reducers when indoor wintering

    Can't speak to indoor wintering and honey consumption rates, but for outdoors, the colonies that settle in first and form a nice cluster consume the least amount of honey by far. Then we look for...
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    Re: Using entrance reducers when indoor wintering

    Jodie,

    To me, it looks like the one hive without a reducer has a larger population by quite a bit. It may not be that simple.

    Bees do not see wavelengths in the red spectrum very well, but...
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    Re: # Hives Needed For Breeding

    May I suggest starting at a manageable point? Learn how to raise good quality queens, select the best you have to graft from and produce open mated daughters. It is very challenging to implement a...
  23. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    Babybee,

    It is the backyard beekeepers selling honey that will buy your honey at $2.75, but you may have to put it in buckets...

    Ron,

    Babybee is a good guy, this sounds like a sweet deal...
  24. Re: What is the smallest "winterable" unit for Northern Climates?

    Tom,

    I was wondering if someone would ask that.:) "Goods Candy" aka queen candy is made with powdered sugar. Amylase is present in honey, so I do not see a real issue with corn starch.

    Joe
  25. Thread: Mite Teatmeants

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    Re: Mite Teatmeants

    Keith,

    Do mind if I ask what you are using to treat in "real heavy in the month of late May first part of June"? That just seems like a really tough time to get good knockdown with all of the...
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