Spring after winter in Indiana

Larry from Indiana wrote me March 30 about spring approaching at his side of the globe on about 39° latitude: Mother Nature continues to exact…

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Multitest colony prepare to boom

You know the MT-colony – testing natural positioning, plastic frames,  mostly honey as winter store, and a mouse nest… A couple of days ago, about…

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Honey for winter

In US I understand it’s more common than in Europe to let the bees keep honey for winter. On the other hand I’ve heard more…

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Plastic positioning and the mouse

You remember the previous post about the “multiple test”(MT)-colony, natural positioning, plastic frames, a mouse (or mice), mild winter and what a good condition this…

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Natural positioning, plastic frames and a mouse

 The bottom box with the cozy home of the mouse. To the right the two upper boxes full of bees, waiting for return on top…

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First cleansing flight after winter

Autumn was warm, with bees flying in november. That’s rare. Winter was mild, only 2-3 weeks with steady freezing temperatures day and night in January….

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Only real treatment tell real mite population

Marco Moretti made a valid comment to the sugar shaker post. It doesn’t surprise me that Antonio Nanetti found checking mite populations besides a real…

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Sugar Shaker

Larry Garret uses the powdered sugar shaker method to count mites. The method works well for his smaller number of colonies at each apiary and…

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