Honey Bees Need Salt and Minerals, Sea Salt Preferences, Pink Himalayan Salt Honeybee nutrition

Honey Bees Need Salt and Minerals, Sea Salt Preferences, Pink Himalayan Salt Honeybee nutrition

okay so this is a video that a lot of my
YouTube followers and the honeybee enthusiasts have been asking for for a
long time and we’re gonna do a sea salt comparison to see what the honeybees
prefer when we mix it with water so that they can get the benefits of all these
fantastic minerals and I’m introducing the sea salts here first celtic sea salt
I have to say has the most elaborate packaging and the most extensive claims
to the health and nutritional benefits of any of the sea salts and I’m testing
here today the nutrition facts they also say it’s non-gmo when it comes to
minerals I don’t know how you genetically modify them but maybe somebody else knows
better sea salts are sodium and we also have Morton natural sea salts it’s
another one that I grabbed and just like it says here on the box it’s for all
cooking now all the salts that we’re using are suitable for human consumption
so I’m guessing that they’re good for the bees the reason that we’re on this
in the first place is because the bees showed a preference for water that had
salt content over regular pure filtered water and again the nutritional facts
here for the morton salt and this comes from the bahamas so these are you know
distilled from natural seawater it’s dehydrated down until we have the salts
and minerals left over and i’m just giving you a brief look at each of the
packages so that you’ll kind of know what they look like where they came from
who’s making them and providing them so we’re out here by my pond and here’s the
one pure Himalayan pink crystals salt 84 minerals so we know that the bees need
minerals and salts and that they need all these things they find them in the
environment where do they find them I don’t know but we’re gonna make it easy
for them to get at this in solution so these are finely ground sea salts and
all of these I purchased from Amazon and I’ll give you the link so that you can
look at them read reviews of course reviews are based on human consumption
and what it tasted like this pink Himalayan sea salt some people
even question whether or not it has some sugar added or something but that is not
the ingredients it just apparently has a really good flavor so again the labeling
on the back here and it even has a shelf-life 2023 and then of course the
nutritional facts so these are packaged nice and fancy don’t forget you always
have to keep pure filtered fresh water that’s free of anything and that’s what
these feeders have in them so aside from the sea salts we’re going to have
filtered water available as always in the Bee yard
here’s how we’ve laid it out as always based on my past testing we have 4 1
quart containers they started off with fresh pure filtered water and the water
source is well water and the filter system is PU R which was the highest and
filtering medium that I could find for again intended for people to drink so
the Bees showed a preference for that in the past that’s our baseline the reason
that the water is a little colored here is because this time I added two drops
of green food coloring per quart so that we could see the levels better and the
bees are going after these sea salts right away and as you can see they
actually prefer this over fresh water that does not have the high mineral
content now we arrived at the one teaspoon per quart based on my last
experience which was done with just table salt and we added different
amounts of table salt per quart and the bees preferred the 1 teaspoon per quart
of salts over other content levels so here the bees are just going after
everything here and you might be surprised that these end results as to
what the bees show up reverence for but I will say overall the preference of the
honeybees is to go after water that has mineral content this is number one they
chose Morton sea salts over the others and number two in the lineup is the most
popular crystal sea salt Himalayan pink crystal and this is the one that
everyone has been asking me to try out with the bees so I did
number three in the lineup is one teaspoon per quart of Celtic sea salt
that was the most expensive by the way and of course last on the list no big
surprise one teaspoon per quart of stone mill iodized table salt this is a
regular table salt that most people put on their table there are extensive
benefits claimed regarding the sea salt over table salt the bees really don’t
show a huge preference of any of these over the other as you can see the levels
here now the duration of this test was actually four days and one teaspoon per
quart of Mortain sea salt was preferred but look across the board it’s not like
they chose it two-to-one the bees are gonna go after water that has mineral
content and they need it and they use it and there’s some discussion about how
the bees might be using mineralized water as part of their dehydration
process inside the hive when they’re dehydrating honey and nectar that does
not mean that they’re putting these sea salts into the honey and nectar cells
they’re using it as a coolant process but of course for health nutrition and
well-being of the bees themselves having access to minerals is going to benefit
them and they definitely if we’re looking to the bees for guidelines on
what’s good for them if we’re making all these options available they’re telling
us pretty conspicuously that they want water with minerals in it and again if
nothing else is available of course you’re gonna take that iodized table
salt but it is their last of the four tested sea salts here and here we have
it so that’s the summary just closing out with a slow-motion look here of my
landing board we have a lot going in the bee yard right now we just installed the
flow hive two and I put it in the bee yard without anything except swarm
commander I’m trying to find out if a swarm of bees is gonna home in there and
just take it over and just before I started editing this video I was on in
the apiary and there are guard bees and Scouts already checking out the flow
hive two it has no resources in it in has acorn waxed frames in it and of
course the flow hive frames it’s gonna be interesting to share with you how
that goes I’d like to attract a swarm to it without doing any honeybee install at
all so look for that in upcoming videos it’s going to be interesting I promise
they are actually setting up shop the Scout bees are even guarding the empty
hive so I think they’re acting as placeholders keep watching thanks for
watching this video and I hope you found the information helpful thanks for

66 thoughts on “Honey Bees Need Salt and Minerals, Sea Salt Preferences, Pink Himalayan Salt Honeybee nutrition”

  1. Ace.👍 When I was helping a beekeeper in Australia, one bee yard wasn’t near a natural supply of water so we left huge barrels… some fresh water and some salted. The salted went down much quicker. It’s hot in the outback 😎… I used to drink about 4 litres of water and eat loads of salted crisps (chips to you lot)

  2. Another great test. Now about my observation that they prefer feeders above 3' over ground based? 🙂

  3. There didn't seem to be much difference. Maybe the position of the feeders had something to do with whether the bees preferred one or the other, or maybe even sun exposure, or wind exposure and evaporation could explain the small differences. Maybe you could repeat the test, changing the position of the feeders?

  4. This is awesome! I done a tray of sea salt and Himalayan on Sunday but we had the biggest every thunderstorm like you would not believe! I am talking 2 hours of none stop thunder with no breaks, and the whole lot got washed away. So I am more then happy to watch your experiment instead, It would be interesting to see if there is an overall improvement in the health of the colony over time. Thanks so much for uploading this video. Will tell all the Bee Crew to check it out, Very very interesting!

  5. Hah! Non-GMO salt! Priceless!
    This momentous discovery should be celebrated with organic cake and gluten-free champagne. 😀

    To be more serious, it really gets me down how the scientific illiteracy of the average consumer is wielded against them by shameless marketing wanketeers.

  6. Very, very interesting. One must remember that your well water contains dissolved minerals no matter how well you filter it. Even reverse osmosis (RO) treatment cannot remove dissolved vegetable matter or (totally dissolved) minerals. Demineralising (ion exchange) also cannot remove dissolved vegetable matter.
    So without realising it, you are benefitting your bees by giving them access to your (filtered) well water even without the addition of extra salt, due to the natural minerals it contains.
    To add weight to your results, buy distilled (not demineralised) water and use that as your control, but the container and delivery items must be completely cleaned prior to test. Remember that this is to enhance (or re-enforce) your findings so far, not a criticism 🙂
    I worked many, many years in an industry where we produced and used demin water and also RO water, to me it is easy to pick the difference. Even harking back to the days where we'd "soften" pumped well water to remove hard calcites and other entrained minerals prior to processing through (2 stage) evaporators to attain our final product. Demin and RO get the water pretty darned clean, but not as pure as evaporation. From memory, we could attain 15㎍/l demin, 20㎍/l from RO and 3㎍/l by passing the RO product water through the demin plant. The 3㎍/l conductivity was due to entrained dissolved vegetable matter/minerals (local terminology, "㎍/l" was pronounced "uglies", lol).

    Great stuff Frederick, thanks for posting!!

  7. Even though your girls are near a pond you still provide saltwater ? I live on a lake and have never provider water

  8. Bought a 50 lb bag of mineral salt and the local Tractor Supply for $8 and keep forgetting to use it

  9. Now they're finding microplastic pollution in sea salt from all over the world. Makes sense since the ocean is where all the toxic chemicals and pollution ends up eventually. I wonder if they're testing it for Fukushima radiation. Sea salt is the last type of salt I would use for consumption.

  10. Like most everyone else, I would have never thought about offering them salted water, but it makes perfect sense! I’m totally impressed with the swarm commander results your seeing so far. It amazes me that the guard bees have already pretty much taken up residence in your FH2. I lucked out yesterday while doing a hive inspection and found two Latin queens in my FH1, on the same frame even! So I split her off into a traditional Langstroth hive and have the FH1 and FH2 set up and running as well. So I think for a first year keeper I’m doing pretty good. Thanks for your videos sir, they are a great help. I’ve ordered 5 of the entrance feeders for both syrup and salt water solution. So I’m looking forward to getting those in the next week. Thanks again and keep up the good work!! Your a great help to people like me.

  11. Last time I was at the beach I saw a honeybee hanging ten on a surfboard! Could be why they like salt!

  12. Random thought here. Any chance proper mineral intake would help bees resist mites and other parasites?

  13. I use a mineral salt block crushed and added to water. The bees love it. The Fat Bee man put this info out a couple of years ago.

  14. UPDATE: 6/6/2018 Second TEST, same location, same mix of 1 teaspoon per quart. The only change was placement/order, for this second test I had Left-to-Right 1- Iodized table salt, 2- Celtic Sea Salt, 3- Morton Sea Salt, 4- Pink Himalayan Salt.
    RESULTS: Stonemill Iodized Table Salt (4th choice) Celtic Sea Salt (3rd choice) Pink Himalayan Salt AND Morton Sea Salt (tied as first choice by honeybees). Because there have been so many viewers celebrating the benefits of Himalayan Salts, that is what I will be using from here on out. Here is a link so you can read more or buy some yourself: https://amzn.to/2JmDb5f

    For those with advanced questions regarding Sea-Salts, I invite you to watch this in-depth explanation https://youtu.be/Dm6fmiG4SAc
    Frederick Dunn
    1 second ago
    Ok, I just received a response from the manufacturer of the Himalayan Salts shown in this video. "There are no sugars in, or added to, these Salts, It is PURE Himalayan Pink Salt and minerals NO SUGAR."

  15. If you used Morton sea salt in your preliminary experiment, thier preference to it might just be because they are use to that one.

  16. Ha Mr Dunn I have my bees at several locations, for a water source I have 5 gal buckets they do not take the water and it turns green at times if I added salt will that keep the water better thanks your videos are great

  17. Hi Frederick,
    Good video. I followed your suggestion, and watched Barbara O'Neill's presentation on salt and water. Very informative.
    I lost my bees over the winter. Bad.
    I got 2 new shipments in, from God (swarm traps). Good.
    So, I'll try the salt water mix.
    One question though. How close to an isotonic solution is the teaspoon to quart? Thanks!

  18. I cannot stress enough to not use morton or other commercial salts. I would only use Himalayan salt. WHY??? Because when you look at the back of cartons of salt and you see the nutrition levels are 0, that is because they strip the salt to make it nice and clean by washing it in cyanide. This is why we have salt related diseases, it's not the salt, but the build up of cyanide in your system. Cyanide does not expel from the body, it stores up in fat tissue and as we get older it has built up to become harmful to us. Their is plenty of research on this.

  19. I give my preteen children the choice and they chose chocolate over apples, so I suppose they need that more.

  20. Hey Fred! I found a honey bee yesterday on the hot sidewalk, and gave it honey, then it flew away to its hive! I wouldn't have been able to know what to do without your videos! Truly, thanks for all you do. The love of your bees that you share, and your knowledge that you share does so much good in the world, and I am so grateful. 🙂 Just wanted you to know the good you are doing. 🙂

  21. I think you'd need a particle accelerator to GMO minerals. But…collecting them might bee tough! =)

  22. My bees seem to like rain barrel water…clarifying, would that be considered mineral water? I have milk cans there with a big rock so they do not drown. That is where I notice them drinking the most.

  23. Hey there Mr. Dunn, just wanted to drop a note to say thanks! I grew up on a farm and raised lots of animals with the fam and then left for the Army and was gone for about 24 years. I’m retired now and I am taking my first basic bee class next February. I’ve been thinking about bees for several years and I’m super interested in their hives and social structure, and now actually have time to do some of the things I’ve thought about. I have now blasted through so many of your videos and have learned a great deal! Your attention to detail and professionalism in your videos keep me coming back for more. I look forward to my first hives next spring and hope I’ll be able to share some of my experiences as a noob bee keeper with you and ask questions as they arise as I know they will. Thanks again and keep up the incredible work that you do! Larry from the Pacific Northwest.

  24. Hey Fred! Don the Fat-Bee-Man said that bees need salt to cure their honey? Is that true and can you explain it? I figured if anyone would know it'd be you thanks!!!!!!

  25. This was good thanks. On the swarm with the flow hive do u let your bees swarm hoping that they will go into your empties or do u get swarms from other places that go to your bee yard looking for a new home. Hope that made since

  26. Frederick, the information I received on the Himalayan sea salt was that this is salt deposited on the land before the Himalayan mountains formed. Because the mountains' formation happened so long ago, they say this is the oldest salt on the planet, and so has all the minerals in it that the earliest oceans contained, but none of the pollutants of modern oceans. Logic says to me that this if true must be the most healthy salt available. The fact it is mined from atop the Himalayas would explain the cost as it is much more expensive than Morton's sea salt. To your knowledge, what can you say to this? Is it true?

  27. Bees obtain most of their salts from animal urine. Not very savoury, but if you keep dogs and bees you will recognise this.

  28. Personally I like the Himalayan Pink for some things and the Celtic for others as the Celtic is a wet salt and the Himalayan is a dry salt. Totally different flavours though especially if you don't eat take away regularly, if you do then your taste buds are dead and you probably wouldn't notice any difference 🙂 There is so much Salt in take away as well as sugar and is why people crave it so much.
    Are you sure it's not like when you eat a chip and then want more, they take a sip of the salty water and think yum can't just stop at one 😉

  29. Why not start with distilled water rather than Reverse Osmosis (RO) water that is operator dependent (when was the R/O membrane changed? Did they put on correct membrane for that location – TFC or CA) on quality and may have an unknown quantity of minerals (?) added back for taste. My local Wal Mart sells one gallon containers of distilled water that are sealed (like milk containers) for $0.88 and tests out at 000 on my Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) meter testing gallon to gallon here at home. My local tap water in my sink tests 573 TDS just now. It tastes like shit and is loaded with chlorine!

  30. I did that . Maybe my delivery system is wrong. I tried the pink salt. Not 1 bee went to it. . If anything it killed 1 bee. 2 days and no reaction .

  31. Haha funny bees banging into each other !!!! Wondered if putting ground rockdust on ground for flowering plants close to hive would provide really healthy source of nectar for the bees !!! Organic gardeners have known how this mineral source can help plants and even heal struggling trees for donkeys years ??? Maybe the extra healthy plants would help the bees ,instead of them struggling against phosphate fertiliser fed plants ?? Just wondering XxPat nz ps thanks for posting just learning more about bees , have an interested friend .

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