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Products I Use

A few people ask me about the purpose of additives and supplements in the hive, and what I use...........................
Generally speaking, they are to improve conditions in the hive. Remember, I live in a marginal area. Some years things are fine but the last 4 years have been different.

Its like the timings of the rain and the blooms are all off. Unseasonably cool springs, serious gaps in the pollen availability has forced me to reconsider my management.

Just like convincing some to insulate their hives, supplemental feeding is not required but can be of significant help if your watching whats missing in your hive.


Until i find something better I use the following.
Dominos sugar for syrup
SUPER DFM pro-biotic formulation which adds lactic acid to the hive which is key for pollen digestion, bee bread. Additionlly 8 other key bacterias are in the formula. The formula also supresses nosema, dysentary, brood diseases, and lately im thinking it can have an effect on virus loads especially if treated at first signs.
Mann Lake Ultra Pollen substitute,
Dadant AP23 pollen substitute
other reccomended additives to suagr syrup is complete, amino acids, and white willow bark for nosema.

when we have micro environmental streses of no available food I reccomend using the above to reduce stress and alllow for brood rearing to continue uninterupted.

I apply magnets to water to strengthen the H bond on the water molecule.


For Varroa I apply oxalic, formic, and if I need to in severe conditions I use apivar ( tactical amitraz).  Please remember, I also make hives broodless. Drone trapping works if you have the time and can remember the schedule. I dont like it myself as I think the drones have a purpose and killing them makes for more stress. Theres a reason why bees make the drones. It is a lot of resources for them.

I use spearment oil in the spring to enhance syrup feeding and reduce mold.

Sparow shag cut for mite testing.



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