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CTbeeman
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« on: March 31, 2008, 02:55:54 PM »

Should I have medications ready ahead of time, just in case? I want to try to use all organic. This is my first year. I know I have to feed,feed,feed. But what about meds?
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2008, 03:37:42 PM »

If you want to go organic, why would you be considering meds?
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2008, 03:41:04 PM »

I have never used medications in my hives and they are doing fine. I just powder sugar dust for the mites every couple of weeks, and remove drone brood once in a while.

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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2008, 07:10:27 PM »

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I just powder sugar dust for the mites every couple of weeks, and remove drone brood once in a while.

I don't even do that.  I monitor the mites, which are very minimal and leave it at that.  Regression has helped a lot.
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2008, 10:07:23 PM »

>I want to try to use all organic.

Then I'd go natural cell and don't treat.  Monitor Varroa mite levels to make sure things are working out.

> This is my first year. I know I have to feed,feed,feed.

Actually I wouldn't.  I would only feed until they get some stores and there's a flow. Then I would stop.

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfallacies.htm#feedingcanthurt
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfeeding.htm

> But what about meds?

If you plan on not treating, why would you want meds?

http://www.bushfarms.com/beespests.htm
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