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08-13-2019, 06:43 PM
ideas I have.

08-13-2019, 07:58 PM
I've decided to convert a shed to an indoor, temperature/humidity controlled wintering facility. One of my problems is that I now feel that I should probably treat for mites and possibly Nosema, yet I have no plan, nor do I have the expertise to confidently formulate one.

Previously, I have wintered my hives as 2 or 3 deeps outdoors using various "methods" and sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. There would eventually be a year where it didn't, and new packages would be purchased and the cycle start anew.

This years $230 packages arrived, bringing with them a huge number of hangers-on from their little jaunt in California. Once again, I simply dusted them with powdered sugar and called it good. They did great! But I suspect they are in for a big surprise in a month or so and could use all the help I can give them. 6 months in a box is hard!

I need suggestions for so many things and would also like some feedback on some ideas I have.

At the very least I would try hard to get the Russians as a starting stock (hoping to at least get some close resemblance to them).
Since you did not even mention that part, that is already a concern, as of me.

08-14-2019, 07:02 AM
/early spring.