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    I plan on trying to use a holistic approach with one of my hives this year - SBB, essential oils, natural pollen patties, etc. With that in mind, I'd like to ask anyone who has done this to share their syrup and patty mix recipes. Thanks -

    Martin

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    http://www.beesource.com/ubb/Forum3/HTML/000062.html

    Here is a discussion and includes some of my recipes.

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    Hello Martin
    I have been useing wintergreen for over 5yrs. now with very good luck.
    in my pattys and as a top feed too
    Don

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    Michael & Don -

    Thanks.

    Don -

    What recipe are you using for you patties?

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    One of the other thoughts that I have had is plant a border of spearmint, peppermint and thyme around the apiary. (If nothing else, the smell will be nice). Anyone experimented with planting beneficial plants as addition to treatment?

    Martin

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    Check the link above for my recipes and discussions on natural controls.

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    Martin: I suggest tht you visit the following site. http://www.wvu.edu/~agexte/ipm/insec...oa/measure.htm This is a West Virginia University site dealing with the research of Essential Oils used in honey bee hives. Some very good information on the subject.
    Les in SC

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    Big Grin

    Michael
    my way to make pattys is about 1/2 of a 3lb. can of crisco and 1/2 of 5lb. bag of sugar 1/4 cup honey 2 tablespoons wintergreen oil 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil. mix and put on top of frames I use about 1/2 cup on a hive.
    good luck-Don

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    I haven't tried it, but I would guess the honey in the mixture would be a good attractant.


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    fat/beeman

    when do you apply your patties? Also do you notice that your queens last longer because not using the chemicals?

    Phillip

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