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« on: March 23, 2013, 01:51:28 PM »

After a 30 plus year absence from the hobby I am getting back into bee keeping - got three hives set up and occupied yesterday.

A lot has changed in the hobby since I last had hives.

My questions:

   1) What routine medical maintenance do you perform if any? When do you perform this feeding of medical treatments?

   2) What routine feeding do you perform or recommend?

I plan to use a deep hive body for the brood chamber and a medium super above this for food storage, taking off only from any additional supers placed above this.

Next year I will analyze the results from the medium super and if it looks like I should be using a deep hive body for a food storage then I will go with that idea at that time. So - what is the common size food storage box do you use?

Any comments, advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2013, 02:00:15 PM »

Three things to research:
Varroa Mites,
Small hive Beetles
Nosema (Apis and Ceranae).
You asked a loaded question, sit back and hold on!! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2013, 02:40:00 PM »

Yes, I realized that when posting Buss, but ignorance is not always bliss!

During the months leading up to my final decision to get back into the hobby I did quite a bit of research but none of the results dealt specifically with my locale. So upon finding this site I figured a good way to find answers to my problems.

Thanks for the input.
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2013, 04:14:17 PM »

I'm sure we'll get some of your locals chiming in here. We have quite a few from that part of the country.
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2013, 08:57:09 AM »

1. NONE
2. NONE
Treat or feed on an "as needed" basis only.
One deep and one med. AKA story and a half, is normally adequate. Two deeps, AKA two story, if splitting is the goal.
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2013, 11:08:52 AM »

Thanks Iddee, that's pretty much as I figured. It's just that I have been reading so many horror stories over the past few years regarding the loss of bee hives and I would hate to loose mine due to something I didn't do.

My set up and intended plans are to use a deep for the brood chamber under a medium super for food stores. I will take off honey only from supers above this. With the winters we have in this area I am hoping that additional feeding should not be needed.
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