Feeding suppliment on installations

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by ibeelearning, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. ibeelearning

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    Will likely work as well as sugar water, but the price is quite different.
     

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    this looks like a similar product to honey-b-healthy.....?

    as far as the claims for helping to control the varroa mite reproduction cycle when used as a drench?......i question this. if it did, we'd all be using it. just my HO. i have never used this product, i don't treat my bees, so if there is some aspect of drenching the bees in this to help with varroa, i am all ears, antennae......

    i have used HBH, (not this product) and not for the purpose of varroa. not much info on this, what are the essential oils in it?
     
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    I haven't use it either and relative to my sugar water and a few drops of lemon oil and sometime a 'glub' of vitamin B it looks a bit pricey.

    likely will not hurt anything although I myself would discount any claims that it will assist in any defense against varroa <sounds a bit unbelievable to this sceptic.
     
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    If you are going to go the essential oil route, much cheaper to put a few drops of spearmint or peppermint and thyme oil into a paste mix of sugar and Crisco shortening and lay a small thin patty on top of a piece of wax paper on the tops of the frames. But I wouldn't bother. Probably more effective to control mites through hygenic breeds, drone pupa culling, and well-timed splits.
     
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    Wintergreen essential oil
    Tea Tree Oil
    Lemongrass oil
    Non-GMO Lecithin

    Dilute 2 tsp per quart for feeding supplement.
    7:1 mixture for drench.

    I used it in the sprayer for an install yesterday. I have to admit, the ladies loved it.

    I don't doubt there is a cheaper way. But, just heading into year 3 this was the easy way.
     
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    thanks ibl,
    "I used it in the sprayer for an install yesterday. I have to admit, the ladies loved it."

    "7:1 mixture for drench." i am still a skeptic though, like tecumseh, the claims of the drench being effective in any defense against varroa.

    "I don't doubt there is a cheaper way. But, just heading into year 3 this was the easy way. "

    well, that's okay ibl.....i use hbh, and pay the price for it because i am too lazy to mix up my own concoction.....:lol: