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    Re: pollen subatute question

    Soy, egg yolk, and yeast are often compared to fresh and dried pollen in many trials, but rarely other ingredients. Some substitutes claim they have no soy, like Feed-Bee and MegaBee, but I can't...
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    Re: pollen subatute question

    Soy has many sugars that are toxic to honey bees, though...

    Has anyone tried giving canola press cake as a pollen sub? I looked at the amino acid composition, and it was pretty close to the bees'...
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    Re: Grapes and Bees

    I worked in a vineyard once, and there were 50 hives or so about 100 meters away. Never saw a single bee during harvest. Wasps, stink bugs, lady bugs, and earwigs, yes, but not a single honey bee.
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    Re: Mann Lake New Website!

    Me too.
  5. Thread: Youtube Videos

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    Re: Youtube Videos

    What anti-malware software do you use?

    Not having any malware problems and not being aware of malware problems are two different things.

    YTD is full of malware. It didn't seem to be when I...
  6. Re: Jon Entine debunks theory linking neonic pesticides to honeybee collapse

    Jon Entine is the epitome of the junk science he claims to criticize.
  7. Thread: Youtube Videos

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    Re: Youtube Videos

    YTD puts malware on your computer.

    As does most of the software you can find to download youtube videos.

    RealPlayer seems legit, though.
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    Re: Treating mites during honey flow

    I heard bad things about HopGuard. HopGuard II might be better, though, I don't know.
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    Re: Fastest way to increase

    If you do choose to do splits, though, don't "let them requeen themselves". Starting off with small colonies and hoping to go into winter strong enough, you can't afford the long interruption in...
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    Re: Royal Jelly Pricing

    Royal jelly is mostly produced in countries where labor is cheap. And where I reckon the queen market is probably also saturated.

    You'd probably have to sell it for at least 5$ a gram for it to be...
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    Re: Marking queen question

    What I find more tricky is the numbered disks to glue onto the bees, personally. Can't find any videos that show anyone doing it, either.
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    Re: Marking queen question

    I've read that a few places, but that wasn't useful to me. Drones are plentiful and harmless, I've enjoyed snatching day since the first time I opened a hive, there's little stressful about it....
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    Re: Marking queen question

    Indeed, pull them out, hold them in your hands. Takes a few times to get used to it, but it's well worth it. It's not really that difficult once you defeat the fear of hurting the queen (or the queen...
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    Re: Spring is here !

    -28C

    Poor snow cover though, Christmas was pretty darn warm.

    They say it's going to feel like -40C soon, too.
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    Re: Mating nuc question

    Bigger is always better for quality, though with that comes greater costs. I use 5 frame nucs too: the frames are interchangeable with my normal deeps, they are essentially are nucs that I can sell...
  16. Thread: 2015 plans

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    Re: 2015 plans

    For my business' third year, I want to reach 100 hives (increasing colony numbers and selling nucs at the same time is a challenge!). That would then allow me to ask the government for an artisan's...
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    Re: Was your first car a Ferrari?

    How many hives to start with? As much as your budget will allow! At least, that's how I went, and I don't regret it. :D

    I strongly urge my clients that are starting out to buy at least two...
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    Re: getting towns to ban polinators

    Strong hives rob weaker hives. If these hives rob Zookeep's, it's because Zookeep's aren't strong enough, else they would be robbing others. Robbing is a reality in beekeeping, you can't legislate it...
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    Re: choosing first bees

    As Michael said, with such a small sample, it won't really make a difference. Intra-racial variability in honey bees is greater than inter-racial variability.

    With only two colonies, I'd stick...
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    Re: getting towns to ban polinators

    If your hives are being robbed, it is your own fault, not anyone else's. It's your responsibility to protect your hives, by making sure they are strong enough and have an entrance they are able to...
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    I would love to see the people who make this claim actually go out and live by it.
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    Re: Aren't you glad your hives are on the ground?

    My thought exactly.
  23. Thread: VSH Breeding?

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    Re: VSH Breeding?

    Which, in my mind, is why one 100-hive breeding operation is better than 10 smaller operations.

    Someone who makes a living off breeding can afford productivity losses due to stock replacement, and...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    Never, because it's irresponsible, and completely contrary to basic IPM principles. Want insurances? Scout the fields. No bugs? No problem.

    "Yield gain" is just another way of saying "no yield...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    Except they do. I've been to grain production conferences, and they were told that the seed treatments offer no yield gain. They were given subsidies to scout, but decided to funnel the funds to...
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