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    Re: Research Project

    I did check the website and sadly, CA has no current RFPs.
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    Re: Research Project

    I would like to thank everybody for their support. Doing research like this costs real $$. Maintaining 24 hives for a season in a controlled manner means no supporting revenue stream, so it needs a...
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    Re: Research Project

    19 days left and I have a substantial sum of money to raise. The premise of this research is based on academic research that shows Omega 3 fats and 24-methylenecholesterol has effects on worker...
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    Re: Beekeeper of the year criteria

    I agree with both above. In addition such awards typically are focused toward the strengths of extroverts and totally ignore people that are introverts. Thus, at least as postulated in "Quiet" your...
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    Re: Research Project

    24-methylenecholesterol is an essential sterol which is typically obtained from pollens. However the amount in pollen varies with the species of the plant. Almond pollen has alot of...
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    Re: Research Project

    I wish to briefly explain the relevance of this proposed study.

    This study seeks to expand on basic research that indicates Omega 3 fats and 24-methylenecholesterol enhances honeybee survival...
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    Research Project

    I have launched a research project at Experiment.com and am asking for support form the beekeeping community. I invite you to the project description and ask that you consider supporting the...
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    Look at MyMotherLode for plastic hives
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    2019 Observations

    To start - my hives are in the Central Valley and during the last 2 Decembers I have observed the errant poppy and star thistle blooming... so I think many of the observations which have been...
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    Re: Learned Lesson for 2019

    Allow me to clarify as this was meant for a warning to beekeepers. As the dearth came on and I started feeding in frame feeders (have used beads, screens, and so forth) as I usually observe, I would...
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    Learned Lesson for 2019

    One of the biggest things I learned this year is that if you are seeing large numbers of drowned bees in your in frame feeder suspect Nosema c.. In every instance this occurred this year, I sampled...
  12. Re: mass of dead bees in feeder's shallow "moat"; any ideas re: why?!

    I have come through experience, whenever I have large amounts of drowned bees in a feeder, the hive is almost always suffering from Nosema c. when I went back performed spore counts. Worse the...
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    Re: BeeCheck Opinion

    As a California commercial guy... I love it... makes moving bees so easy and sprayers have to use it here
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    Re: Queen issues?

    I was recently talking to other commercial keepers around me about this very issue. I figure I have 20-25% queen failure rate each year now. And it seems hives are having a hard time re-queening...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    I would consider using pulling brood from the hive not storing food and placing the brood in your weaker hives. Then pull capped honey/syrup from another hive and giving to the hive not storing......
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    Double screen board

    So if you have a hive with double screen board... can it be be recombined by simply removing screen?
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    Apple Cider Vinegar in Pollen Patties

    So I have seen various recipes for pollen patties that use varying amounts of Apple Cider Vinegar, with Laurie's be the highest 50% apple cider vinegar, 50% water. I have used vinegar and heat to...
  18. Thread: Honey labels

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    Re: Honey labels

    I end up using Better Bee custom print labels. I have liked the design and pricing is reasonable.
  19. Just Sayin' - My better half saw this and it was game over

    Randomly found this:

    https://www.amazon.com/Barbie-FRX32-Beekeeper-Playset-Brunette/dp/B078STZTL8/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=barbie+beekeeper&qid=1554514905&s=gateway&sr=8-2

    :eek::D:rolleyes::p:pinch:
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    Re: electric fence

    Like they said above. There are several good articles that can be found from Fish & Wildlife departments a d some beekeepers on the set-up. Also depending on your soil type, (wet vs dry) can impact...
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    Re: Mann Lake RiteCell Foundation

    I checked the box... that would be the what seemed to happen. Mystery solved
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    Mann Lake RiteCell Foundation

    So I just opened my new case of Rite Cell and it is shockingly thin and flimsy as compared to last year. Has anybody worked with this new foundation and have any insight? I am in the process of...
  23. Thread: Losses

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    Losses

    Just saw the NPR article about the losses being reported this year.. much more extensive than I imagined. It also explains why I received so many calls from beekeepers looking to fill contracts. My...
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    Re: Cold, Wet, Mud, Late bloom

    Glad I got my bees out in time before the rains started. Has anybody heard if there heavy losses coming out of winter? I received a number of calls looking for bees... one was looking to fill 3000...
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    Chevy T6500 Flatbed

    I am looking at a 1997 Chevy T6500 flatbed truck. It is has a V8 Chevy 350 engine not a diesel. Pluses to this is it is crazy cheap to fix. Minus is it gets suck gas mileage. I am not moving...
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