Monday, November 18, 2019

Sunday, November 17, 2019

PROBIOTICS???

Here is a link to an article about how probiotics reduced levels of American Foulbrood infections.  However, before you go buy some consider the following.

 1) Standard practice is to KILL and BURN hives with American Foulbrood (AF).  Since the probiotic did not eradiate the AF you may still need to KILL and burn your hive.
2) In 10 years I have only heard of one (1) case of AF among all ECWBA members and in only in one hive.  The state inspector required this hive be killed and burned.  I don't believe this alternate approach is approved for use in treating AF.  
3) Before you go to expense of using probiotics prophylactically you should consider the expense of the probiotics and the small probability of catching AF.  In other words you should do a cost benefit calculation.
4) The study said probiotics "significantly" increased hive survival.  The value of the term "significantly" was not defined.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191030132715.htm

Sunday, November 10, 2019

ALL IS NOT GLOOM AND DOOM

Here is an article describing the chewing behavior developed by feral bees.  Purdue Mite Biter, Mite Mailer, etc. designer bees are also exhibiting this behavior.  There is a better future for the honey bee!  Also note that the article expressly recommends against package bees.

https://www.rurallifetoday.com/rural-life-west-central/5681/feral-honey-bees-fighting-back-against-mites

Saturday, November 9, 2019

FOR THOSE BEEKEEPERS WITH VERY DEEP POCKETS submitted by D's Bees

Here's a nifty gadget.  Only thing is it doesn't determine varroa levels.

https://newatlas.com/good-thinking/beep-base-bee-hive-monitor/

ECWBA MONTHLY MEETING

THE ECWBA monthly meeting will be held on November 16th at the Caestecker Public Library in Green Lake.  Start time I 9:30AM, but many members arrive early for off topic discussions.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

TWO BEE RELATED CLASSES

Follow the link to information on two classes in early November at Capital Bee Supply in Columbus.    Honey Grading & Labeling and Making Balms and Salves.  Please note the link shows the Honey Grading class to be on September 9th; whereas the actual date is November 9th.

https://files.constantcontact.com/f90808c3701/2ecf83ed-512c-45fc-9036-8135da748013.pdf