Re: Treatment Free Commercial Beekeepers?
Deknow will be the man to ask as he has more to do with her. But from what I've been able to make out it's pretty simple. Deadouts are replaced by a box with brood taken from another hive, the queen is not even found, whichever split has no queen is left to make a new one. Boxes from dead hives are simply stacked on live ones.
Originally Posted by Ian
That's what I've been able to gather from reading, and what I saw being done on a video I watched of her working. But whatever else she may do I don't know.
While this may seem primitive, it has meant that the strongest and so presumably most mite resistant hives, are the ones most likely to be split and produce another queen.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).