Re: something to think about
my selection process up to this point has been to do a cut down split on my most robust hives prior to swarm season.
this year, i will look to the most robust hives to graft eggs from, but i will also factor mite counts into the decision, and i'll avoid having all of my stock originating from one or two colonies.
the weaker colonies will be deselected by busting them up into mating nucs.
great discussion here, many thanks to all for posting.
disclaimer: novice beekeeper here who knows just enough to be dangerous