We had a wonderful time today during the 4-H beekeeping workshop at the Tucson Village Farm. We cannot thank Bee Built enough. They unselfishly and generously donated this beautifully crafted beehive made out of cedar in Oregon. Thank you, Ed. The kids loved putting it together. It will be on display at our booth at the Pima Fair and then it will return to the farm where it will live permanently.
Today we inspected our hive at the Tucson Village Farm. These girls are getting ready for spring with a big jump in population. The queen is laying exceptionally well. They were treated with OA for a second time. In one of the pics you can see the mite drop from last week’s treatment. Another gallon of syrup was provided to help boost the growing colony.
March 17, 2017
“For beekeepers who treat for varroa mites, oxalic acid has become the default favorite miticide. It is inexpensive, a natural component of honey, safe for bees when used as directed, and is drop-dead effective. But being beekeepers, we can’t agree on anything, so the disagreement about how to apply oxalic acid rages on.”
Link to the Randy Oliver’s paper here.