Re: Judging a Queen's Laying Ability
Great presentation MP, and an excellent example of a picture being worth a thousand words. Point of emphasis though is that a very "spotty" brood pattern to a newbie not quite sure what he or she is looking for could be a sign of varroa or a brood disease such as chalk brood, or AFB. Remember AFB will not be cured by requeening. The most important lesson here, though, is to replace a failing queen.
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