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    Default How to Apply Coconut Oil

    I'm thinking about applying coconut oil to some hives. What is best way to do this? I've heard, cotton rope, makup pad, etc. For those of you using coconut oil, how are applying it?
    Last edited by bhfury; 11-06-2010 at 10:11 PM.

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    Default Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    I haven't heard of coconut oil yet. What is the theory if you don't mind explaining.
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    Default Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    I know i use lemongrass oil in my swarm traps but I "never" heard of using coconut oil!...Whats it used for and why??

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    Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    Here is some data for you to read about your question,s.
    Ernie

    http://nutiva.com/articles/colony-collapse-disorder/

    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=103224302366
    Bennett’s Honey Farm Testing Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil Against Bee Mites
    by Nutiva on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 11:00pm
    by Mark Bielski, Nutiva Customer Service

    Large Honey Farm in Fillmore CA pioneers a non- chemical “soft” method to treat Colony Collapse Disorder
    Ernie
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    Default Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    Interesting! Thanks for posting the link.

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    Default Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    Use the search feature, Coconut Oil was discussed right here 6-2-2009

    Or try this;
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=230082

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    Default Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    I have never got to fancy with coconut oil. I mix coconut oil and honey in a coffee filter and place it on the top bars. In just a few days it is all gone.

    This fall I have some serious varroa issues. I used apiguard and coconut oil at the same time to give the hives the best shot. I went from 50-60 mite drop per day to 10-15 in 3 weeks. Currently I get 10 or so per three weeks.

    I dont feel like I am out of the woods completely. The hives seem light and will have to candy board feed all winter. I hope a enough sunny days for them to break cluster to feed.

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    Default Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    I've read somewhere that coconut oil is actually one of the healthiest oils to cook with too!
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    Default Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    Quote Originally Posted by Michae B View Post
    I went from 50-60 mite drop per day to 10-15 in 3 weeks. Currently I get 10 or so per three weeks.
    That's interesting Michae, could you explain your method more fiully please?

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    Default Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    I did as suggested and used a basic make-up pad soaked in the coconut oil, the rung out the excess oil. We'll see what the hive response is.

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    Default Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    Please keep us updated!

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    Default Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    Seems like this is the same as using FGMO on cords placed in the hive only different oil. Dr. Pedro Rodriguez was totally trashed on this forum for using FGMO on cords in the hive and was eventually run of the forum cause he couldn’t take the trashing anymore. Lets see what happens with coconut oil. Maybe have to move it to tailgater. Ha.
    I’m really not that serious

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    Default Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    What is FGMO?

    Who is DR. Rodriguez?

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    Default Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    I believe that I will try pads soaked with gasoline, I bet that will kill the mites.

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    Default Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    Ed, KA9CTT profanity is IGNORANCE made audible
    you can`t fix stupid not even with duct tape

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    Default Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    Dr. Pedro Rodriguez was totally trashed on this forum for using FGMO on cords in the hive and was eventually run of the forum.
    Well that's pretty sad behaviour on the part of others.

    I read his linked page it seemed a well conducted experiment to me. Also the guy is a qualified vet.

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    Default Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    I can see how this would be a benefit to the cocoanut industry, but to beekeeping? I don't know.
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    Default Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    bhfury, just curious, did you have any degree of success?
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    Default Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    I really didn't give it a fair shot...I will probably try it in the spring. I've heard other beeks say they had good success with it.

    Anyone else use it?

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    Default Re: How to Apply Coconut Oil

    OK, I tried the coconut oil on my hives since last October.
    I have no hive die outs, 3-5 mite count and strong spring outlook.

    I soaked some cotton pads, and set them on top the brood. The bees sometimes ate it, destroyed it and carried the pieces out of the hive. This is what is supposed to happen according to the articles I read.
    I have included coconut oil treatment as part of the ongoing non aggressive treatments I have implemented.

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