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what presever do i use on the hive

 
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hannah donovan
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:32 pm    Post subject: what presever do i use on the hive Reply with quote

Hi
is it o.k to use the fence preserver for the outside of the hive and what goes inside? linseed oil???

i am sorry if i sound a bit dim,but i cant really read books easily, i can only read small bits at a time, so going on a forum is good as it is lots of info in small bits..

thankyou
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi again Hannah

Just rub a block of beeswax over the wood on the inside of the hive. No linseed oil inside, The outside can be treated with anything that is not toxic to bees or strong smelling (ie, don't use a Creocote type product) A 20:1 ratio mixture of raw linseed oil : beeswax works well (you need to heat the linseed oil for the wax to dissolve but be careful as it is flammable)
Hope that helps.

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Barbara
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used shilac. It is a natural product and is harmless to bees
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:36 am    Post subject: thankyou Reply with quote

thankyou all.. i want to knowif i can use the coloured fence prservative without harming the bees.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:53 am    Post subject: Re: thankyou Reply with quote

hannah donovan wrote:
thankyou all.. i want to knowif i can use the coloured fence prservative without harming the bees.


yes, on the outside of the hive, just make sure it's totally dry
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As mentioned elsewhere on this forum, use raw linseed oil, not the boiled version which is harmful to bees.
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