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  1. #1
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    I will be trying OA this spring. I've read that a good time to treat is during a broodless period. Also read, somewhere, that the colony is pretty much broodless in late winter/early spring and I should traet during a loose cluster with some movement.

    Can someone help advise when this would be?

    I live in Western New York in an area with a growing zone of 3 to 4.

    Thanx,

    Dale
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  2. #2
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    They generally have no brood (here) in October and November and sometimes December. Usually there is a little bit of brood from January on but not much. It would be better now than later in the spring when they have a lot of brood.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  3. #3
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    Apr 2000
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    I don't know about New York bees, but I opened UK hives regularly last winter, and found that the closest thing to broodlessness came at about New Year. They were never totally broodless.
    RSBrenchley@aol.com
    Birmingham UK

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