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  1. Beekeeping 101
    C. L Farrar in "Productive Management of Honeybee Colonies" describes the importance of having abundant stored pollen within the cluster space to develop robust colonies the following spring. He offers this thought: Colonies managed with two queens and then reunited to single-queen status 2...
  2. Bee Forum
    I have a couple of frames with pollen that I want the bees to cleanout. I put them above the inner cover but they don't seem to be cleaning them out, or if they are they are doing it slowly. They cleaned out the nectar but seem to be leaving the pollen. Is this typical? Do I need to leave the...
  3. Products of The Hive
    There must be several languages or at least language enthusiasts on the forum, so I want to ask about the terms split between: Pollen in a flower Vs. Pollen in the comb(/on a bee) As far as I know, all the slavonic languages have two terms i.e. pyltsa/perga, pyłek/pierzga, meanwhile, English...
  4. Bee Forum
    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.
  5. 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...
  6. Bee Forum
    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...
  7. 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...
  8. Bee Forum
    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...
  9. Bee Forum
    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 /...
  10. Equipment/Hardware
    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...
  11. Bee Forum
    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...
  12. Bee Forum
    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?
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. Bee Forum
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_American_nectar_sources_for_honey_bees https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollen_source http://beesource.com/resources/usda/nectar-and-pollen-plants/ http://www.sheffieldbeekeepers.org.uk/tools/pollen-chart/ enjoy
  16. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    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...
  17. 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...
  18. Bee Forum
    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...
  19. Bee Forum
    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...
  20. 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...
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