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I was wondering if anyone can help me with information and ins and out on the beekeeping..I've been reading till my eyes hurt...thanks in advance
 
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This is the best site I’ve found http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm .

My biggest problems have been small hive beetles and wax moths.  If the hive swarms, the beetles overwhelm the remaining bees, then the wax moths move in too. I lost my hives last summer. They seem to require constant manipulation to prevent swarming. I’m not sure if this is common or not. I know of two bee trees that died out. I think from this.
 
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MN beekeeper association

Keep reading & learning. Take a class. Get your equipment ready. Find your supplier NOW. They will be taking orders very soon. MN has some special bee challenges during winter. Plant foods for them to use all spring, summer, & fall. The fellow in the video is a long time professional permie type beekeeper from VT so I strongly recommend his other videos too. I suggest starting them as early as possible in spring & feed them heavily when necessary. Use a little Honey B Healthy to help boost their numbers rapidly. The only goal for the first year is to get the new colony as strong as possible before first winter. There is a type of honeybee called MN hygienic. UM website probably has specifics since they originally introduced them. You might want to look into those for increased natural pest resistance. It is wise to start with TWO colonies if you can. Especially in MN.

I had a hive in MN once. Don't recall many hive beetles but the oil filled traps are effective. Once the wax moths appear that colony is as good as dead unless you catch it early. There is another problem somewhere. The wax moths are just cleaning up the mess but first they make a really nasty mess of their own.

Good luck & happy bees!

 
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Bees typically swarm when they're feeling crowded. Make sure they have some room to work with. I try to keep 5 to 10 frames empty for them during their busy season.

Making a lot of splits helps prevent swarming, helps insure winter survival of X number of colonies, & helps out pace pests.
 
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