September 10, 2017

How to Administer Antibiotics to a Beehive

Christopher Cripps, DVM, owner of Betterbee, explains how to administer antibiotics to a beehive.


Antibiotics are used for brood diseases, which are diseases that the baby bees in a hive have. Christopher Cripps, DVM, owner of Betterbee, explains how to administer antibiotics to a beehive.

For bees, antibiotics are administered by mixing them with dry sugar and sprinkling that mixture on top of the brood nest. Veterinarians should think of each bee in a hive as each cell in a dog—just as you treat the whole dog, you treat the whole beehive. 

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