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    Smile Golden Goddess Honey says hello from Wisconsin!

    Keeping bees in a cold climate can be quite a challenge. I'm excited to talk to other beekeepers about their experiences.

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    Default Re: Golden Goddess Honey says hello from Wisconsin!

    Welcome to the site. You are right about bees in our WI winters but they are tougher than you think. The big sressor comes from viruses vectored by varroa mites. Keep the mites numbers low starting about now and they can raise a healthy population of long lived winter bees. Cold itself does not kill bees. There are a large number of good beekeepers here to help out.
    Bristol, WI 7 mi N of IL 15 mi W Lake Michigan
    23 years Treatments as needed.

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    Default Re: Golden Goddess Honey says hello from Wisconsin!

    Thanks, Roger. I'm wondering if Nosema is also coming in to play. I had heavy losses last year, so this year I am really looking at everything I do with a microscope. No, really, I bought a microscope. I want to be able to check myself for Nosema spores. I'm also treating more aggressively for varroa. Like you say, they are killers. I was trying to not use so many chemicals and treatments on my hives, and I think that approach is not working. So far this year, I have not seen any mites.

    Now if I can figure out how to use my microscope...

    Quote Originally Posted by RogerCrum View Post
    Welcome to the site. You are right about bees in our WI winters but they are tougher than you think. The big sressor comes from viruses vectored by varroa mites. Keep the mites numbers low starting about now and they can raise a healthy population of long lived winter bees. Cold itself does not kill bees. There are a large number of good beekeepers here to help out.

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    Default Re: Golden Goddess Honey says hello from Wisconsin!

    Welcome to beesource

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    Default Re: Golden Goddess Honey says hello from Wisconsin!

    Welcome GGH!
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    Default Re: Golden Goddess Honey says hello from Wisconsin!

    Welcome, have you looked into or joined the Brown County beekeepers association? Also UWGB is starting a beekeeping club this fall, they received the approval for the club, and their bees, just as this past spring semester was ending.

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    Default Re: Golden Goddess Honey says hello from Wisconsin!

    Quote Originally Posted by goldengoddesshoney View Post
    I was trying to not use so many chemicals and treatments on my hives, and I think that approach is not working.
    Welcome to Beesource!!
    I thought I'd be able to go treatment free too but am rethinking that. Just to kill the SHB alone, iwill be needing something. Oil only goes so far.
    Wisconsin huh? Brrrrrrrrrr! Think I'll take the bugs over the winters. Winters in Florida are.......nice!

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    Default Re: Golden Goddess Honey says hello from Wisconsin!

    Welcome to the forum, GGH. How far are you from El Paso, WI?

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    Default Re: Golden Goddess Honey says hello from Wisconsin!

    Howdy hello from this side of the state...... glad to see even more from the North.." Dallas cowboy country" troll bait
    "Anytime you see someone more successful than you are, they are doing something you aren't."

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    Default Re: Golden Goddess Honey says hello from Wisconsin!

    Welcome from NE Kansas GG!

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