posted 10 months ago
I am no stranger to home-microbiology, I have made bokashi bran from scratch, yogurt, cheese, sauerkraut, wine, I keep milk kefir going all the time. I have a hive that has a what appears at first glance to have European foulbrood (I was looking for queen cells and didn't plan on doing a full hive inspection, didn't have time or my suit on so I will have to go look again more carefully as to how bad and how many frames were affected. I tend to think probiotic as opposed to antibiotic when it comes to healing. That being said how hard could it be to make a bag of probiotic supplement for bees like Strong microbials super dfm. I think it would go a long way to strengthening the hive and helping them eliminate this disease. I am a no-treat kind of beekeeper but I see no downside to supplementing them with something like this. I take probiotics and probiotic rich foods daily, why shouldn't the bees! Anyone have a clue how to make something like this? its anywhere from 60 cents to 10 dollars per treatment depending on the size of bag you purchase. I have followed a recipe for making em-1 inoculant for making bokashi bran (for a fraction of the cost of buying bokashi bran) I cant see this being much different of a process.