Post by simplynaturalfarm on Aug 27, 2021 18:59:22 GMT -5
Unfortunately that was my experience with mite away strips also. Oxalic, formic drip or, apivar - the Russian breeder friend of mine said his honey making get one treatment with apivar each , end of August/ first week September . The colony producers are culled if they have mites, but he's had success with colonies beyond one year of age getting one treatment come fall. Me, I'm requeening and culling for mites.
Honestly, I've never gotten my bees to last from one season to the next. Yet.
Last year, before getting the bees, I moved them to a little lean-to on the south side of one of our cattle sheds. I bought started hives, as some of my woodenware needed replacing. Honestly, I think the girls came with mites and I was halfway through the summer before I started checking. I used the mite away strips and one hive died out within a month. The other held on for another month, then died out. I won't use those again.
This year, I got just one package of bees. I was very skeptical because the queen was really tiny. Her abdomen was only slightly longer than those of the worker bees, but she's obviously been a very hard worker. I did a split and she was on one of the frames I migrated, so the new hive is booming better than the original.
So, winterizing. My brother advises using tar paper to wrap the hive. One deep full of honey and pollen and at least 2-3 mediums of honey. He says that tar paper will breath. I think that Tyvek will do so, too, if it is put on the correct side outward, but tarpaper will also help attract heat.
With my lean-to, there is a 6 inch gap at the top of the back wall and I plan on putting up a cattle panel about 4 feet out from the front of the shed, then covering it with plastic. Maybe sandwich the plastic between 2 cattle panels to help keep it from blowing apart. We do have a rise to the south that will help keep the wind off from that direction and a woods to the east, so truly only west winds will chill them out. I guess I think of my plan as a modified green house. I'll let you know how it works.
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