Re: Brood breaks for mite control
now that i have a method for taking mite counts (alcohol shaker), my current plan is to take mite counts after the spring/summer harvest.
if i find a colony with high mites, (not sure what that is yet, but say > 4 mites/100 bees), the queen gets pinched.
most of the brood in the now queenless hive will be allowed to hatch, and i'll sugar dust them to get rid of the phoretic mites.
if i am still raising queens, the remains of that colony will be divided up into mating nucs.
if i am through raising queens, hopefully i'll have a promising nuc to combine with the 'treated' colony.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf