This will be my 3rd spring as a beekeeper. I started with a package and last year I split that hive (rather awkwardly). My initial bees were Italians. I added a Carniolan queen to half the split. Going into the winter both hives were strong. Unfortunately my Italian hive now shows symptoms of Nosema. I am attempting natural beekeeping. Obviously I need more knowledge. Jim Miller spoke at our bee club and I have ordered his book. If I lose this hive I will start over. I am going to try a bleach drench but it may be too late. I look forward to hanging out here and learning from all of you.

Roxi in WA