Re: New beekeeper seeking some info on treatment free
sounds like you are on the right track there jeff.
increasing hives from your own bees is a good strategy because you have had the chance to see them in action.
i would recommend having a plan in place as to what to do if you find a hive collapsing from mites. in my view there is no reason to burden your healthy hives with a sudden influx of mites brought home when they rob out the collapsing ones.
to do this, you will have to come up with a method of taking mite counts. i like the alcohol wash method.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf