Re: summer mite populations and crashes
When I first got into beekeeping at the time that the Glenn apiary was closing its operation, I thought
that the hygenic bees are a waste of time and money. Now I got some of those queens and
the grooming is excellent. Just a few days ago when some bees got drowned in the syrup bottle with
their life on the line I put some of them onto the hive entrance. Immediately the flying worker
bees got all over these soaked bees to remove the syrup and clean them up. Many made it
into the hive still alive. But many are dead over my carelessness.
I now indorse the hygenic bees both for cleaning up things around the nest and the mites too. So far
I don't see any deformed wings or mites either. Both the Italian and Cordovan got those hygenic gentic now.
What do you think?
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?