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Offline rober

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bee lab reports
« on: July 22, 2020, 12:19:14 pm »
just got my reports from the USDA lab & so now i have no idea why 3 of my hives died. BUT....the good news is:
hive 1-3.4 mites per 100 & NO nosema
hive 2-NO MITES! NO nosema!
hive 3-NO MITES NO  nosema
 I hope I haven't just jinxed myself by going public with this. so now i'll save y'all the questions. I have no idea why. just kidding. what i've been doing. as soon as it gets warm enough in late february or in march i zap the hives with O.A. at least twice. in mid august i treat with apiguard. in mid november 2 more O.A. treatments. i also have been making queens off of some saskatraz queens. i watch these queens for hygienic behavior & choose the best of the lot. i haven't really got my act together to raise queens so what i've done is allow the hives with the best queens build up to the point of swarming & then i start nucs with frames that have swarm cells. i'm pulling supers now so when i'm finished extracting i'm going to try to raise some queens.

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Re: bee lab reports
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2020, 11:54:23 am »
Discussion of queen rearing after this post was moved to the raising queens forum, and can be found here.
Keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.
Henry David Thoreau