My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees
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    Default My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    I don't really have a lot of time to spend on my bees. Because of this I have lost several of Italian hives.
    I got a hive of Minnesota Hygienic from a friend. They are just slightly more aggressive than Italians, but its barely noticeable.
    However they are so tough. I split my Minnesota Hygienic hive so I have 2 now. My 2 Italian hives died off, one just disappeared and the other died off(maybe froze).
    I still have the 2 Minnesota Hygienic hives and they are going strong. I really like them and will probably go 100% Minnesota Hygienic from now on.
    They corral any hive beetles and keep them in a corner.
    Last edited by Cyberman; 01-13-2018 at 02:44 AM. Reason: typos

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    Default Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    I don't have to worry about hive beetles but mites yikes. Did you do any mite washes to see how they handled them?

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    Default Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan the bee guy View Post
    I don't have to worry about hive beetles but mites yikes. Did you do any mite washes to see how they handled them?
    I have checked them with a white board and don't see any mites. I haven't treated them in 2 years and they are fine. They grow strong in the spring very quickly.

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    Default Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberman View Post
    I have checked them with a white board and don't see any mites. I haven't treated them in 2 years and they are fine. They grow strong in the spring very quickly.
    Out of sheer curiosity, who was the breeder?

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    Default Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberman View Post
    I have checked them with a white board and don't see any mites. I haven't treated them in 2 years and they are fine. They grow strong in the spring very quickly.
    Statements like this make me concerned when it comes to new beekeepers reading and following it without more background info.

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    Default Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberman View Post
    I have checked them with a white board and don't see any mites. I haven't treated them in 2 years and they are fine. They grow strong in the spring very quickly.
    Somehow I suspect this will not end well. I hope I am wrong.

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