Re: My 2/2012 Small Cell Apiary Status
Odfrank, thanks for posting such painful information. This seems to coincide with other reports I've read, that small cell makes no statistical difference with the mites.
From other things I've read, mites are a vector for several viruses. Thus while the mites are not a direct cause of your losses, could they be a serious indirect cause? By providing the viruses?
You have this experiental edge to you, which I (and others I am sure) appreciate. Have you thought about procuring some packages, nucs, or queens from a producer of "survivor" or "resistant" stock, and trying that out in one of your smaller apiaries as a treatment-free test? When Purvis was producing queens a few years back, I had good luck with his. Also with B. Weaver's bees. Not so good luck with MnHyg. Jury is still out for me on the Russians. They've survived, but haven't produced the honey crop I would like.
I'd just like your take on some of these things. Thanks!
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