What are your thoughts on going back to the way bee keeping was done 30 years ago. I lost 3 of my 4 hives over winter to CCD, and the fourth came close with a mild case of foul brood that looked to be just starting out.
I pulled 2 frames of clean brood, got the queen and moved it to all brand new 4.9mm foundation. I know, not supposed to do that, I got lucky, I just checked the hive it is clean and flourishing, and there are 1000's of bee's where 4-5 weeks ago there was maybe a 1000. The foundation I am using is brand new unused but is over 40 years old. The packing slip is from Sear's and Robuck and is dated May 1967. In doing my inspection today that hive is set to explode! I have never in all my 4 years of keeping bees seen that much brood in one hive. They have 15 of the 18 new frames fully drawn out and stuffed top to bottom, front and back and side to side with brood. I think I am doing everything the same as I have in the past but I have never had results like this. Wondering if the 4.9 has anything to do with it, now I just have to wean out the three frames of plasticell and my hive will be all 4.9. I do however plan on keeping the honey supers with the larger cell foundation, I will just use a queen excluder to keep her down where she belongs.
I have read that the bee's emerge a few days earlier, in the 4.9 and that this earlier emersion, helps control mites, as they cannot fully develop in the shortened timeframe the bee needs to develop.
Gentleman farmer/7 year Bee Keeper