Feeding HiveAlive resulted in
The number of spaces between frames that was full of bees was noted as a method of assessing colony population. The HiveAlive group had more bees than the control group at the end of the trial period. Feeding HiveAlive resulted in a 20% increase in colony population compared to control.
The amount of brood on frames was measured in terms of area coverage (m2) of frames per hive. At the end of the trial period, the HiveAlive group had 35% more brood than the control group.
The amount of honey and pollen stored by hives was also monitored by counting the number of frames of stores per hive. At the end of the trial, the HiveAlive group had 40% more stores than the control group.
The ability of colonies to draw out new wax comb was monitored for the first summer period after feeding began. Just 3 weeks after feeding, the HiveAlive group were drawing out 7% more comb than the control group.
Trials performed by the Hellenic Institute of Apiculture, Greece (published in the Journal of Apicultural Research) showed the following:
Feeding of colonies with HiveAlive results in a large increase in colony population compared to control with continued use. Colonies are significantly stronger after one year of feeding but best results are observed with continued annual usage. Feeding HiveAlive for two years resulted in an 89% increase in colony population compared to control.
It was also found that feeding HiveAlive maintains low levels of Nosema spores.
Levels of Nosema naturally reduce in summer months and increase over winter. Feeding HiveAlive kept the Nosema levels lower than control over winter and in spring.
The HiveAlive fed group had reduced overwinter mortality compared to the control group. The control group experienced 15% losses whilst the HiveAlive group had no losses.
A number of feeding methods were compared in order to find out which had the greatest effect on Nosema spore levels.
Feeding HiveAlive overwinter resulted in a 92% decrease in the number of spores compared to control.
Results also suggest that adding HiveAlive to syrup is the most effective.
Chalkbrood is one of the most common and widely recognised fungal diseases that affects honeybee brood, the causative agent of which is Ascosphaera apis. Currently, there are no approved treatments for the management of Chalkbrood infection. Anecdotal evidence from beekeepers suggests that use of HiveAlive may cause a reduction in Chalkbrood infection.
A number of in-vitro tests were carried out to assess this hypothesis including agar dilution assays and 96 well plate microdilution assays. A concentration of 0.25% inhibited the growth and sporulation of A. apis on agar plates. Results from the 96 well microdilution assays suggest that even lower concentrations may be effective at inhibiting growth. Further research is required to examine effects in a hive setting.
American Foulbrood (AFB) is caused by a bacterium called Paenibacillus larvae. Oxytetracycline is used to treat infections but strains of oxytetracycline resistant P. larvae have been identified in some countries.
Different concentrations of HiveAlive were evaluated for their inhibitory potential using agar-dilution assays and 96-well microdilution assays. A concentration of 0.25% HiveAlive in agar was sufficient at inhibiting growth on solid media. In liquid media, growth appeared to be inhibited at 0.625%. Further tests are required to define the minimum inhibitory concentration and to assess if this inhibitory action can be replicated in larvae.
Results generated from short term cage trials demonstrate the following:
The effects of adding seaweed extracts were assessed by testing a blend with seaweed extract and without seaweed extracts.
It was found that addition of the seaweed extracts reduced Nosema spores much more effectively than the blend without the seaweed extracts.
I am having great results with HiveAlive last winter and now this Spring. The results are dramatic, as my hives are growing like never before. Read more...
I used 5ml of HiveAlive™ per 500 ml of syrup, and then repeated for 7 days, I saw real progress so now I use HiveAlive™ when I suspect symptoms of a weak hive. My colonies are more productive, better nourished and stronger! Read more...
The bees that were previously aggressive calmed down and became a pleasure to work with. The colonies were strong in the spring and for the first time in my seven years of beekeeping we have a wonderful honey crop. Read more...
It is widely used by commercial operators in NZ including two of NZ’s largest beekeeping operations - draw your own conclusions. Also of note is that HiveAlive has been developed specifically for honey bees. Read more...
I just started using HiveAlive this summer for my hives that have been hit hard by varroa and deformed wing virus. They had chalkbrood and the brood pattern was not as consistent as it had been. I noticed after two weeks of HiveAlive that the brood is more consistent and the bees seem to be building up better. Read more...
Every one of my 300 hives survived the winter. I am extremely impressed with HiveAlive™ and will continue to use it for all my hives. Read more...
I used HiveAlive in October and February and I must say that there has been a dramatic improvement in population abundance, behaviour (very little hives have swarmed!) and spring yields. So far the outcome after using HiveAlive is positive. Read more...
The population increased rapidly and honey production increased. On average production per hive is approx 25% more and the hives are more consistent in production. Read more...
I am now running 1000 Langstroth hives and 300 five frame Nuc's. I've been using HiveAlive for the last two seasons and I've noticed a huge build up difference in our colonies. Also loving the longevity added to the premixed syrup as it doesn't tend to ferment for ages.Read more...
HiveAlive is largely composed of a unique blend of scientifically selected Irish seaweed extracts called OceaShield which has many beneficial properties. Seaweeds are routinely fed in animal feeds to help reduce the need for antibiotics.
HiveAlive contains thyme which is recognised as a key substance in the fight against Nosema. We have developed a unique emulsification process to ensure it blends easily into sugar syrup and does not cause separation or re-crystallisation.
HiveAlive contains a precise amount of lemongrass in order to increase attractiveness of syrup but does not contain enough to induce unwanted robbing. Lemongrass also has a calming effect on bees.
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