Check Hive During MAQS Treatment
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2017
    Geneva, Illinois, USA

    Default Check Hive During MAQS Treatment

    Doing a 3 week MAQS treatment and have one week left. The packaging says disturbing the brood during treatment could hurt or kill the queen.

    I am worried that the bees might get honeybound. I am running two mediums with empty supers that were put on when I started the treatment. Can I look into the second boxes and take a frame or two if they look too full at this point in the year?

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  3. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Rutland County, Vermont,USA


    Buy 3-week treatment do you mean that you are doing the half dose one strip method? And by second box do you mean brood box or honey super? If you are referring to the brood box I would stay out of it. It is pretty late in the season for them to swarm although it is a risk but I think Wayne the risks I would stay out of it . J

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Massillon, Ohio

    Default Re: Check Hive During MAQS Treatment

    Follow the product instructions. It's clear that they strongly recommend leaving the hives alone during the treatment period.

    If the brood nest becomes backfilled the bees will move nectar up into the empty supers to open up space for the brood.
    To everything there is a season....

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Hotlanta, GA

    Default Re: Check Hive During MAQS Treatment

    +1, if it were some sort of emergency, sure. No need to fret about the current situation whatsoever.
    Ask two beekeepers, get three answers


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