I have been off the forum for awhile. Getting back.
I have been using buckets over the inner cover for feeding, but I've been thinking about going to the hive top feeder like Mann Lake or Better Bee sells, similar to the miller type. I was wondering about their usefulness here in Minnesota. Someone told me they are no good to use in the spring or with package bees, but great for the fall. What do you think?
Also, I've been thinking about mite treatments. I don't want hard chemicals, so I've been thinking about Api-Guard or Api-Life-Var. Does ALV work as well as Brushy Mountain claims? What would you suggest I try? I don't really want to do the formic, but I will if it works better.
I'm going to get 3 packages this spring two Italians and 1 Carniolan. I want to eventually raise my own queens that will be adapted to my area.
Thanks for your help.
[size="1"][ February 12, 2007, 09:54 AM: Message edited by: psycprof2002 ][/size]