Re: Mite count.
Good observations! Have you been making two counts, one in spring and the other in fall? Then you would be able to measure the increase of mites.
Originally Posted by Colleen O.
Swarming helps bees a lot. It is a kind of natures way in an emergency situation: imagine the situation where there were no humans on earth. If a beehive would have too many mites, bees would change the queen or search for a new location. The new queens would all mate with drones from that area. The drones would have been selected through huge mite loads in all hives. That´s why heavily infested bees change their queens often. They reckon it is a way out of the misery. With new queens they would be better of with hopefully better (selected) genes in their new offspring. And as extra plus there is pause in brood rearing.
The hive with the highest mite load was not a split. That is why making nucs is a standard prosedure in TF beekeeping. At least in the first 10 years.
Were the bees chewing the brood in the cell or were they pulling it out?
TF, honey production, isolation apiary mated queens 120€, infestation rate (breeder queens) 2013: 8,6 mites/300 bees