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Bee Nutrition


Reevaluating Beebread: Part 1- The “Story”

First published in: American Bee Journal, October 2015

Reevaluating Beebread: Part 1 The “Story” Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First published in ABJ Oct 2015 CONTENTS Introduction The Heyday Of Bee Research Pollen And Beebread The Roots Of A Beguiling Story Doubting Thomases (Skeptical Questioning) Enter Dr. Kirk Anderson Acknowledgements References and Notes People feel compelled to come up with explanations for what they observe; […]

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When To Feed Pollen Sub

First published in: American Bee Journal November 2014

When To Feed Pollen Sub Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First published in ABJ in November 2014 Introduction Beekeepers often ask me at what time of the season they “should” [1] feed colonies pollen sub. My recent trial of pollen subs demonstrated the clear benefit of feeding patties of either natural pollen or artificial pollen substitutes in […]

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A Comparative Test Of The Pollen Subs (Part 1 & 2)

A Comparative Test Of The Pollen Subs (Part 1 & 2) Part 1: Experimental Design And Execution Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com This article was originally published in the July – Sept 2014 ABJs    Introduction The growth and health of honey bee colonies is primarily dependent upon the availability of high-quality pollen. Pollen and its fermented […]

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Pollen Supplement Formula

Update December 28, 2013 I am currently running a beekeeper-supported controlled trial of the major pollen supplements on the market, with a positive control of natural pollen, and a negative control of no protein feeding.  162 colonies total in the trial, 18 in each test group.  I’ve recently completed the first grading for strength.  The […]

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Fat Bees – Part 4 Timing and Tummy Aches

Fat Bees – Part 4 Timing and Tummy Aches © Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First Published in ABJ in December 2007   No matter how well your bees are fed, the benefit will be moot if they’re unable to digest it! Syrup Additives I mentioned last article that light syrup ferments quickly in warm weather, and […]

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Fat Bees – Part 3

Fat Bees – Part 3 Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First Published in ABJ in November 2007 I’ve been focusing on the protein dynamics of the colony. But in order to encourage brood rearing, the colony also needs a nectar flow, or its equivalent. This brings us to the subject of the feeding of sugar syrup. Randy […]

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Fat Bees- Part 2

Fat Bees- Part 2 Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First Published in September 2007 Now that we’re gaining an understanding of the role of vitellogenin in honeybee biology, how can we apply that knowledge to keep our bees healthier, to help them be more productive, and to improve the bottom line? by Randy Oliver The life of […]

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Fat Bees – Part 1

Fat Bees – Part 1 Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First Published in ABJ in August 2007 What if I told you that there was one amazing molecule in the honeybees’ bodies that allows them to store protein reserves, make royal jelly, promotes the longevity of queen and “winter” bees, is a part of their immune system, […]

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