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    I'm such a purist when it comes to food and eating healthy and have really been focusing on trying to avoid using chemicals on my bees. I'm really excited to read through some of these posts for help and ideas! I dont even like the idea of added bleach to feeder buckets...and only used linseed oil on my supers.

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    Welcome to Beesource
    https://www.facebook.com/stevesbees99
    Please visit my page, Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfisher View Post
    Welcome to Beesource
    Thanks! I'm a new-bee as of this past spring!

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    Enjoy Beesource, it has helped me tremendously in my quest to get off the package treadmill and establish a sustainable treatment free apiary.

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    Solstice have you read Mike Bushs web site yet?
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    Please visit my page, Thanks

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    nope, can you direct me to it? Hey...how is the weather for you on the coast today with Sandy?

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    Here is the beekeeping home page for Michael Bush:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm

    I agree that this is a very useful site, and I have read every page.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    @sfisher - welcome to BeeSource! As you learn more about "purist" treatment free beekeeping, take the time to learn basic bee biology and life cycle stuff. That will help you manage your bees - My hope for you is that you will be successful. Take time too to learn the recent 20 year history of treatment free beekeeping so that you will be aware of challenges that have been overcome by others that you may face.
    Master Beekeeper (EAS) and Master Gardener (U Maine CE) www.beeberrywoods.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Dewey View Post
    take the time to learn basic bee biology and life cycle stuff. That will help you manage your bees - My hope for you is that you will be successful.
    Ditto. The basic do not change, TX free or not. There is a lot of great information to be had in the traditional treatment oriented sources. Welcome and enjoy.
    Dan Hayden 4 Years. 9 hives. Tx Free. USDA Zone 5b.

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    >trying to avoid using chemicals on my bees.

    “Do or do not... there is no try.”--Yoda
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    And by the way, 'boiled' linseed oil is not pure, it contains heavy metal driers. Pure linseed oil won't dry. Try shellac if you don't like paint, or dip. Nothing on the inside of course.

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    As somewhat of a purist myself, I welcome you!

    I can't help much on painting. Some things I figure are not worth worrying about. Paint is one of them for me. I use simple good quality latex paint, light colors found in the mistint pile at Lowes or Home Depot. Another one is foundation wax.

    I agree with Mr. Bush. There's no reason to try to avoid chemicals. Just avoid them. They don't come to your door without you ordering them and paying for their transport. Treatment-free beekeeping is the default. It takes extra effort to do something else.

    One of the big keys in being successful with it is being skilled at increase from the very beginning. Having and making more hives gives you the greatest probability of continuing success. After a few years, it won't be as necessary as your bees become more resistant and more adapted to your locale.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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    wow..can't believe even linseed oil is a bad choice!

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    Look into Soy-guard.

    Crazy Roland

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    http://leangreen.org/wp/?p=87

    You'll have to compromise somewhere. Nothing is perfect, even if it is really expensive.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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