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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Queen rearing and royal jelly
« Last post by van from Arkansas on January 11, 2021, 10:20:56 pm »
Mr. Wright, good evening to you Sir.  Queen rearing is my passion, my eyes still sparkle every time I see a queen hatch.  I natural breed, wet graft or instrumental inseminate my queens.

You question regarding royal jelly (RJ) makes me think you correctly learned a well fed queen is superior.  Therefore, a queen rearing beek can add RJ and produce better queens...  The more food the better, right?  The idea has merit however there are concerns you should know about which I will discuss in the next paragraph.

Not all royal jelly is the same.  The nurse bees change the chemistry of RJ as the queen ages, prior to capping.  Most queens I raise have left over RJ in the queen cell after departure.  So the amount of RJ in the queen cell is not a limiting factor.  Also there is the issue of adding the RJ to a queen cell without disrupting the breathing holes located on the sides of larva, the entire length of the larva.  These are tiny holes and if a larva is rolled, or coated with RJ, the larva will suffocate because it takes time to open and close the breathing tubes.

If you wish to raise the best quality queens then focus on the nurse bees.  The nurse bees are the ones needing food as they make the RJ in their head ,, of all places.  Yes, in their head.  Lots of nurse bees, with frames of pollen and honey then the nurse bees will take the best of care your queens.  When I raise queens, I loc up my nurse bees, screened entrance shut, without larva to feed for 24 hours.  Then, after 24 hours, I provide the queen larva to the nurse bees while the nurses are all full of RJ and just waiting for a larva to feed.

There are many factors to raising queens inwhich entire books are written.  So with this topic, your topic, we are limiting to the subject to royal jelly.

GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Queen rearing and royal jelly
« Last post by Charles Wright on January 11, 2021, 08:10:18 pm »
Can I buy royal jelly to feed my Queens? And if so where do I find it at and what am I looking for that I buy that is for Queen rearing and not for human consumption? Thanks guys I love this forum. So it would be better if
HUMOR IS A FUNNY THING / Squirrel problem at church.
« Last post by sawdstmakr on January 11, 2021, 06:47:13 pm »
And then there is this:
  The Presbyterian church called a meeting to decide what to do about their squirrel infestation.  After much prayer and consideration, they concluded that the squirrels were predestined to be there, and they should not interfere with God?s divine will.
At the Baptist church, the squirrels had taken an interest in the baptistry.  The deacons met and decided to put a water-slide on the baptistry and let the squirrels drown themselves.  The squirrels liked the slide and, unfortunately, knew instinctively how to swim, so twice as many squirrels showed up the following week.
The Lutheran church decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God?s creatures.  So, they humanely trapped their squirrels and set them free near the Baptist church.  Two weeks later, the squirrels were back when the Baptists took down the water-slide.
The Episcopalians tried a much more unique path by setting out pans of whiskey around their church in an effort to kill the squirrels with alcohol poisoning.  They sadly learned how much damage a band of drunk squirrels can do.
But the Catholic church came up with a more creative strategy!  They baptized all the squirrels and made them members of the church.  Now they only see them at Christmas and Easter.
Not much was heard from the Jewish synagogue.  They took the first squirrel and circumcised him.  They haven?t seen a squirrel since.
THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / Minister Joe Wright?s prayer
« Last post by sawdstmakr on January 11, 2021, 06:17:01 pm »

This interesting prayer was given in Kansas, USA, at the opening session of their Senate. It
seems prayer still upsets some people.
When Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities,
but this is what they heard:
"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says: "Woe to those who call evil good", but that is exactly what we have done.
* We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
* We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism.
* We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism.
* We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle.
* We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
* We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
* We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
* We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
* We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
* We have abused power and called it politics.
* We have embezzled public funds and called it essential expenses.
* We have insitutionalised bribery and called it sweets of office.
* We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.
*We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
* We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh GOD, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!"
The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest.
In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls
responding negatively. 
The church is now receiving international requests for copies of
this prayer from India, Africa and Korea.
With the LORD'S help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and WHOLEHEARTEDLY become our desire so that we again can be

THE 2ND AMENDMENT / Re: In the history of American arms
« Last post by Michael Bush on January 10, 2021, 07:46:33 pm »
Any of my many high carbon steel knives I love.  I have a very small paring knife that I made that I'm very attached to.  I have several Leatherman with damascus blades and S35VN blades.  The Leatherman is the knife I use many times a day...
When I feel like I'm winning when I'm losing again.

 :cool: :cheesy: :cheesy: :wink:
NOPE. Mine is hanging outside my door. I don't take it down.   :cool: :cheesy: :cheesy: :tongue:
That's OK Wally.  It explains your need to support losers. :wink:
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Buying honey distributors
« Last post by Beelab on January 10, 2021, 08:23:14 am »
Been looking back on old posts and would like to say, I run all of my Plasdene glass jars through the dishwasher before filling with honey.
I sell 400g glass jars for $10, in some locations for $12. I?m happy with that, considering The time for filling and labeling raw honey. People love local honey.
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Weathertex lids and baseboards
« Last post by Beelab on January 10, 2021, 07:41:47 am »
I remember I purchased a beetlebuster bottom board once and put it under a nuc. Big mistake. The beetle buster blooming bred me my first slime out.
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Last post by Beelab on January 10, 2021, 07:32:24 am »
I?m still learning, but the winds have thrown down branches with Flowers, Sydney blue gum, and now I see flowers on what I think are blackbutts. ?
The bees know where to go in between showers. They go out fast and come in fast.
The supers are bursting in their seams, just can?t harvest in between showers.
Bet my roofs are full of comb.
What a difference to last year.
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