How to varroa treat bees in a tree?
Hope I get some responses as would like to keep this group of bees going.
A swarm this June chose a large tree on our property as their new home.
I sealed off the entrances by securely stapling #8 wire over it and then topped with black plastic. I have a tube going from this into a deep from which they enter and exit. I have not put brood in the deep yet as am not wanting to remove them. If they establish and thrive in this hollow tree I would put brood in the deep and use it for harvesting brood frames for nucs etc.
I am looking for ideas as to to best support them for winter.
How to varroa treat them...not practical to remove the screen as is over a large fork between 2 roots.
How to give them winter emergency stores?
Is it too late in the year to give them brood in the deep box...I think it is as my hives seem to have stopped pulling out foundation and I don't have drawn comb available for them.
Janne....first hives April 2013, 19 hives, treat, plant zone 8b, at sea level, latitude 49.13, longitude 123.06