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  1. Re: Shipping queen cells? How long will they survive?

    David and Linda place ripe cells in cell protectors that snap into the JZBZ bars, the one's used for cages too. The bars are then secured in a battery box and covered to prevent them from "bouncing"...
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    Re: Protein Patty recipe

    Grozzie2,

    You are correct. There is a very basic relationship, genotype + environment = phenotype which summarizes what you describe. Beekeepers can select strains that are more...
  3. Re: Shipping queen cells? How long will they survive?

    Miksa Honey Farms out of Florida
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    Re: Protein Patty recipe

    Ian, I am not certain with your diet as I have not run the stimulant in it. In a simple diet, we still see single digit increases. It is just another piece of the pie...

    Why would you like to...
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    Re: Protein Patty recipe

    Perhaps more than a health bar, but rather a complete diet. Countless generations of livestock can be raised in confinement on a complete ration. I don't see why we cannot do this with honey bees. ...
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    Re: Protein Patty recipe

    Keith, I wasn't sure if that was what David was stating, which is why I asked. In discussions with other beekeepers they allude to that gray area, so I try to clarify what it actually means.
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    Re: Protein Patty recipe

    David, thanks for the explanation. Just so my understanding is clear, is your sole reason for using citric acid to provide a preservative? If that is the case, I get that. But what I do not...
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    Re: Protein Patty recipe

    Yes, slightly acidic otherwise it would not be palatable... We consume beverages that are more acidic.

    Bees preferentially consume fresh pollen. With pollen patties, other ingredients such as...
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    The acidity part puzzles me... Honey and bee bread can be slightly acidic, but fresh pollen is mildly alkaline. I have not seen a nutritional benefit from acidifying supplements other than the...
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    Re: Poster Child

    Reed Johnson at Ohio State has looked at the interactions between commonly used miticides, crop pesticides, and fungicides. The interactions between the compounds and their synergistic effects are...
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    Re: Large scale spring splits with mated queens

    I will second Jim's approach! It works well. A variant on that method to prevent a second trip back to the yard is to start VERY early in the morning or late in the day when the hives are still...
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    Re: Supplier that makes half - length top bars?

    http://www.simpsonsbeesupply.com/ Nice family to work with!
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    Re: Protein Patty recipe

    I would use one or the other.
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    Re: Are the good times about over with?

    I like this one!
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    Re: Protein Patty recipe

    As a grad student, some of my projects dealt with olfactory learning. Like other organisms, bees rely on smell and taste to locate food. In my opinion, bees are a little trickier in the sense that...
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    Re: Protein Patty recipe

    Nutritionally, no. I think may contribute somewhat to the odor/attractiveness of the patty just based on the odor compounds.
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    Re: Protein Patty recipe

    Corn flour or isolate? Either works well as the bees are attracted to the material. If you are not changing your formulation much, I would not worry about it.

    The premix does not supplement...
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    Re: Protein Patty recipe

    Ian, glad to hear the samples arrived. The easy one... I think the fat profile on you patty looked pretty good. The eggs account for most of it, and you add a little oil. We prefer corn oil as it...
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    Re: Feeding Pollen sub powder inside the hive?

    I have seen and tried this too. Unfortunately, my bees seem to waste of good bit of dry sub when fed this way. A good patty seems to work much better IMHO.
  20. Thread: $1.75 Honey

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    Re: $1.75 Honey

    I think most programs are established with good intentions, but sometimes not much forethought as to how it will affect end users.
  21. Thread: $1.75 Honey

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    Re: $1.75 Honey

    Mike, I am not familiar with the finer points of their authority, but how can they force you to provide documentation without a signed court order?
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    Re: Protein Patty recipe

    Do you have the raw values for each ingredient? Working off your 1:2.7 value, and assuming your suggested 1:2 requirement, P is out of balance? Why is this important? In feeds we want to meet...
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    Re: Protein Patty recipe

    Ian, why the vit C?
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    Re: Protein Patty recipe

    Let's start with the Ca:P... Take a look at your spec sheets for the yeast, soy and egg.
    What are the %Ca and %P values for each ingredient below?

    If you use:

    20# Yeast
    20# Soy
    10# Egg
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    Re: Protein Patty recipe

    First, do something... If your bees need attention or feed, something is better than nothing. Short term feeding is more forgiving. Most subs will fit the bill just fine. Longer term supplements...
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