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    Default Appetites

    Will honeybees always eat or take what's best for them? I recently saw a video of honeybees open feeding on tea tree and wintergreen oils in a birdbath. I've heard how treating with those oils can be harmful to the helpful bacteria in their gut, even though the oils come from organic sources. So is this stuff like crack, in that they just can't help themselves even though it's bad for them, or are they telling us that these oils actually are good for them?

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    Default Re: Appetites

    They'll take sawdust in late winter too.
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    Crack is a perfect analogy. Concentrations so high that they would never occur in nature....therefore nature isn't really equipped to deal with it.

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    Is sawdust bad for them?
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    Wish I knew. Doesn't seem to hurt them. I've heard it may be related to propolis.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
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    >Is sawdust bad for them?

    They seem to be gathering it for pollen. It's not nutritious...
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