Bees- Chemicals and Ideas Part 1

Hi Everyone,

I want to share with you an interesting observation that has recently evolved. This involves some Essential oils, Turkeys, and Humans. I want to try to limit the details of the circumstances of the whole deal, and just get to the point. Here goes.

I have a couple of sons that are involved in turkey farming/ranching. They were working for a firm that grows, processes and sells turkeys. They went to work for them, got one shuddered farm up and going good then they got transferred to another farm that had previously been shuttered.  They got that farm up and going good then they went out on their own and purchased 2 other turkey farms about 1.5 hours drive away from here. Anyway, these farms have been set up for Organic production as well as various forms of production listings, such as AB-free, GMO-free, and even conventional raised. A little problem they run into is that sometimes there is a Salmonella issue that sometimes comes up in the poults (baby turkey chicks). The source is from farms back east that produces the eggs. When this happens it makes the death rate explode. For example in the last batch, 49,000 to give you an idea of the numbers, a week or so it, the problem raised its ugly head.  These are distributed between 3 barns. And in each barn, they were losing 150 to 200 per each 12-hour shift in each barn and the numbers were on an upward curve. Now with this situation, the company provided a natural type mixture of a solution that consists of essential oils, minerals, and some vitamins. The mixture is in a crude micellized solution. It is necessary to use this approach because of the treatment method is through the watering system. So to keep the essential oils in suspension in the solution, this method must is followed. So they added this to their water system.  Within the first 12 hours, the death loss went from that 200 range down to under 100. Then during the following 12-hour shifts, it went down to below 50 and showing a downward curve. Now after a few days, it is within normal ranges of death loss.  Now I want to go to a new paragraph and then tie the two together. 

Let's go back in time a little over a year ago. They came to me for help. The circumstances were that they were having the same issue, with a new batch of poults they had received. There was nothing they could do because they were full organic and they had no approved protocol for dealing with the issue and still keep their organic certifications. So they thought, well essential oils are or should be OK. So we hit the books and figured out a treatment protocol of which oils to use, figured out the ratios and then hit the challenge. That challenge was making a micellized solution to be administered through the watering system.  We successfully did it. By this time it was about midnight. They went and added it to the water system. By morning the death rate had dropped. He had to take the solution out of the system because his supervisor went ape crap on him because it wasn't an approved solution. But the death rate stayed suppressed for a couple of days, with just a 6-hour treatment. But what was interesting was that the aroma was very pronounced in the barns for several days, about the same time as the death rate stayed suppressed. After that, the rate began climbing for a week, but dis did not return to the high levels before leveling off, the decreasing until after it ran its course.  

Now we will look at the takeaways and observations. The commercial, organic BTW, this solution did not have Thyme oil in it.  But my solution did. When looking at both solutions and evaluating the factors, I have observed in the several various applications in different poults, that both solutions worked well on the hens (females).  But the commercial solution did not work as well on the Toms (male) poults. My solution worked better. So what is the difference? It comes down to one item. Thymol and the amount of Thymol.  The Thymol levels in Thyme oil, (Thymol ct) are higher in Thyme than in the Oregano. In these 2 oils, you have, normally, the Oregano being high in Carvacrol and low in Thymol. In Thyme Thymol ct., will normally have high levels of Thymol and low levels of Carvacrol. Both the substances, Thymol and Carvacrol are excellent for many applications as individuals, but in some situations, a more balanced blend of the 2 is required. They both work excellent together. Usually, it is best to keep the combination of the two between 50% and 70%. The rest of the zero-sum game depends on what the target is and the supporting substances used to fill in the rest. One of the cool hypothesis of mine is that the Thymol is necessary for males more so than for females. So in these studies/observations, it supports the hypothesis that yet to determined specifically, of why the higher Thymol level is necessary for males more than with females for certain situations. I have my theories, but they are just that at this time, theories. So in this informal study, we see the same patterns in Turkeys as we see with Humans regarding gender, Oregano, and Thyme oils. The key here not within specific species but in cross-species commonality. So more on that later as we can document the findings. 

As always, thank you for your time and interest.

Kent King