>Sounds so good. But don't forget the many comments made by you over the years that included losing hives while regressing, perhaps taking several years.
I try to offer the worst case senario. I lost them when I started regressing late in the year and I tried to treat with Apistan that fall and still couldn't save them. But it has not taken me several years to regress. Some people, however, have said it did take them some time.
>And then there is the breeding from survivors along the way.
When I started I had no ferals and every year I've been expanding with packages and some of my small cell hives in the outyards are probably still commercial queens from some of those. They still have no problems. Dennis has mostly commercial queens on small cell with no problems.
> Throw in some ferals and other stock along the way. And in the end, I'm sure your bees were different from when you started.
In my home yard, NOW, yes they are different. Yes I think feral survivors are helpful, but I did not find them necessary.
>But I guess "regressed, and mite problems disappear" sounds better. Never mind that its a subtle change from "mites went away" to "mite problems went away (disappear)". I'm sure many will making that change in future comments.
As I posted earlier, I tried to find a dead mite on a tray this last month to show a group of newbees and after searching five trays for several minutes that had been in for a month or so I couldn't find one. And as I said before, every spring the inspector can't find one either. I would have to say I have a lot less mites than when I was on large cell and treating for them.
The point is that it's the long term that matters and the big picture that matters. So far we have a short term study that says you'll have more bees and the number of mites won't be different in the first year on small cell when they are all kept in the same apiary. For me that still leaves a lot of questions.
>At least we have stopped openly commenting that smallcell takes care of everything under the sun to include afb, etc.
Hmmmm... Having never had AFB I don't know, but if Grout's research is correct and the bees chew out cells once they fall below a certain threshold and since that threshold involves a lot less cocoons in small cell, and since spores could build up in those layers of cocoons, I can see that it might make a lot of difference on AFB.