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  1. #1
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    Default I did it!

    I got 2 hives today and now have them in place. What a rush. Gotta admit I was a little nervous but I smoked them and opened them up to take a peek. My wife got stung when 1 got in her hair and she wasn't very pleased but I came away unscathed. They are Minnesota Hygenic's and was wondering what everybody thought of them. Didn't really dig the frames out just peeked down there to see pretty good comb and quite a few bees in a cluster. A friend had just made a split and sold me 2 hives. I think I might like this. Wish me luck.

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    Welcome and good luck, Dont know much about the strain, But just met a guy here in Iowa and he loves them..... Enjoy and welcome to the forum!!!!!
    Tom
    When I grow up, I want to be like John K.......

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    I've had MHI bees and liked them myself. Best of luck to you, it's a wonderful hobby to have.
    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

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    minnesota hygenics yep... raise more than a few of them (as nucs for sale) in the spring time (I use another bee keepers cells). evidently based on what has been written by the lady who runs the minnesota hygenic program you need dominate (both sides of the mating) gene expression for the trait to fully display itself. I likely will in the near future do a bit more work with this type of bee. I like the idea that the hygenic trait can be measured and quantified.

    nice bees, but can be a bit rowdy from time to time. as a new beekeeper you may want to work these when things are just right. it is not my intention to worry you excessivesly here, so perhaps I should finish by suggesting that 'all bees no matter what their origin can be a bit testy from time to time'. <somewhat to highly dependent on the context of the situation.

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