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  1. How long after pollen starts before queen starts laying?

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    If pollen starts going into the hive, will the queen start laying immediately, or is there a significant gap? A little pollen here last week and quite a lot today. I am wondering when I can expect new bees to start bulking up the hive population.
  2. Pollen quality f1 hybrid perennials vs open pollinated

    Beekeeping 101
    Interested in the highest nutritional value for my bees. Considering planting a few F1 hybrid perennials or sacrificing newer attributes and planting the open pollinated variety of the same plant from seed. Searching BeeSource. Any thoughts or references? No pollen is a no go. But wondering...
  3. Unexpected Source of Late Season Pollen

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    I discovered an unexpected source of late season pollen for my bees in poppies. Here's a video that shows what I found: After almost everything else has dried up, including Goldenrod and Japanese Knotweed, these poppies continue to bloom and provide what seems to be an abundant source of...
  4. Pollen substitute alternative?

    Beekeeping 101
    Hello everyone, I'm wondering about feeding my bees a real pollen instead of giving them pollen substitute patties. Woudl they even taste it, since it already granulated and dried pollen by some other bees? Woudl it be better if I made patties out of pollen? Now, I know this wouldn't be an...
  5. Collecting Pollen

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    I apologize as I'm sure this question has already been asked. Does harvesting pollen hurt your colony? I currently just harvest honey from the supers but was curious about pollen since some friends have asked me for some. I figure honey in the super is "extra" so that's okay to take but I...
  6. Hives not liking pollen patties

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    Dear all, we are experiencing in northern Mexico the worst season of the year, there is no pollen or nectar available. Some queens have stopped laying. I would like to boost them with pollen patties. Some eat them and reactivate laying but some just don't like the patties. How can I stimulate /...
  7. Pollen Trapping Recommendations

    Hello All - I am new to this forum and have visited it frequently over the past years. There is some great information to be gleaned from it. I appreciate the efforts of those folks who are active here and offer their advice. I am not new to beekeeping but will be new to trapping pollen from...
  8. Question about pollon patties

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    I have several hives that were attacked by some animal, probably a skunk or raccoon. The animal was big enough to get the top off my top bar hives, open them up, and eat a lot of bees, honey, and comb, but small enough to get into the hive because there's poop in it. Anyway, only one is dead...
  9. What to do with this pollen frame-

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    Just a conversational thread -- Here is a frame I pulled out of a deep that was a super. If you came across this: What would you do with it? And why?
  10. Viper’s bugloss (Echium spp.) honey typing and establishing the pollen threshold for

    "Scientific" Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Viper’s bugloss (Echium spp.) honey typing and establishing the pollen threshold for monofloral honey Honey samples (n = 126) from Castilla-La Mancha (Central Spain) were characterized based on their physicochemical properties and a melissopalynological analysis. The latter showed that Echium...
  11. How early pollen into nuc ?? I'm thinking too soon.

    The Queen & Bee Breeding
    How early do the bees usually start bringing pollen into a nuc ?? April 12, I put frames with hopefully young eggs into the 2 nucs, - 8 &10 days later, both had capped QCs - Going by the dates I read, definitely they should have emerged by now - maybe just barely for the one. So mating...
  12. Pollen, Web Links, Links, Beekeeping

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  13. Honey bees preferentially consume freshly-stored pollen

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    Honey bees preferentially consume freshly-stored pollen Honey bees (Apis mellifera) collect and store both honey and pollen in preserved forms. Pollen storage involves the addition of honey or nectar and oral secretions to pollen granules. It is controversial whether the duration of pollen...
  14. MEGABEE 50# Bags $95 each FRESH!

    Blue Sky Bee Supply
    We have a limited supply of MegaBee 50# Bags of pollen sub powder for $95 each. Will ship on a pallet. Would like to sell as a lot of 10 bags if possible. FOB Ravenna, Ohio. This is simply the best pollen sub on the market--the finest grains and scientifically formulated diet. Most other pollen...
  15. HELP with October Pollen ID in NE Florida

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    I am always amazed at the variety of pollen my little ladies find. As I get more years of beekeeping under by belt (7 years now) I am noticing and wondering about more and more. I want to know all of flowers they use in my area or at least start to document what I am sure of. I haven't...
  16. Trapping pollen w/ Sundance II pollen trap and not affect honey production?

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    Is this possible w/ a strong hive or will I see less honey production? About how many lbs of pollen per week should I expect? Where would I find info on pollen flows? I understand they may or may not match up with the nectar flow. Is it a good or bad idea to use pollen trap in a dearth...
  17. Will bees recover pollen and nectar from removed burr comb?

    Beekeeping 101
    Due to the rain I wasn't able to make my first inspection until 9 days after installing the bees. I found and removed several pieces of burr comb - one that has a good amount of pollen and another that has a lot of clear nectar. If I leave these by the hive, will the bees recover the pollen...
  18. Worker w/ Pollen = Queen acceptance?

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    Good day all, I installed my 3lb package 5 days ago. Today I was going to do a quick inspection and potentially release the queen. Turns out they ate through the candy and released her on their own! I did not take the frames out and visually spot the queen, as I didn't want to disturb too much...
  19. Taxonomic Characterization of Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Pollen Foraging Based on Non

    "Scientific" Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Taxonomic Characterization of Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Pollen Foraging Based on Non-Overlapping Paired-End Sequencing of Nuclear Ribosomal Loci Identifying plant taxa that honey bees (Apis mellifera) forage upon is of great apicultural interest, but traditional methods are labor intensive and...
  20. What a MESS

    Bee Forum GARVIN COUNTY, Oklahoma - A truck hauling honey bees has reportedly rolled on Interstate 35 just south of Pauls Valley in Garvin County, Tuesday afternoon. Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP)...