OK, I raised the question of queen caging for the control of varroa in a different thread a while ago, but I want to get some input from more experienced people on a couple of issues.
I am thinking about caging the queens as soon as I pull off my supers at the beginning of August and leaving them caged for approx 1 month to clear all cells of varroa. Here are my thoughts and I would like input on them:
1. August is when the goldenrod comes on here and provides a good flow. I don't want it in my honey so I allow them to put it away themselves for the winter. Not having brood production will commit more workers to nectar collection to help them put away plenty of stores.
2. I believe brood production normally slows or stops during August, so not much brood would be lost in the process anyway. Could or would this action (caging the queen) instigate supercedure actions by the workers (thinking they have a failing queen)? Do they typically begin supercedure that late in the summer anyway?