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The great extractor debate

Every year new hobby beekeepers—those who have never harvested honey nor overwintered a colony—want to know if they should buy an extractor. It’s a personal call, but if you are asking my opinion, my opinion is “Are you kidding?” Worse, soon-to-be beekeepers sometimes order the extractor along with the first hive. Talk about putting the […] Read more

Mite management in large hives

I have been asked to explain why I believe large colonies make winter mite management easier. It’s important to note that I said easier and not easy. You still have to pay attention and you still have to do something. It is interesting to me that people who prefer triple-deep hives frequently report successful mite […] Read more