Re: Probiotics as defense against nosema?
Wow! Wow! You said that to Michael Bush?
Originally Posted by NW IN Beekeeper
It hasn't shaken my respect ... All I can say is Wow!
We live in an era of germaphobes who are dead set on sterilizing everything and in so doing have weakened their immune system to a point where they get sick easily. I admit, I don't know what introducing probiotics would do for a colony of bees. I think it is helpful for me but I am not sure it is the right thing to do for the colony. I do like the idea of adding healthy bees and bread to the hive as a way of introducing probiotics rather than a massive dose. I certainly wouldn't take the whole bottle of probiotic pills in one day for myself. I think dosage matters greatly.
Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping