Constant mite removal management
The day time temp. was around 55ish and night time was frosty lately.
Today was another mite cap brood clean up day. Starting around noon all the small patches of the cap brood frames got
moved into the mite bee bomb nuc hive. After brushing off the attaching bees and finding the queen to make sure she is in the new brood
nest, the remaining 4 cap brood frames got transferred over to the mite bee bomb nuc hive. Make sure to find the queen inside before moving on. I only overwinter 4 frames nucs for easy mite management. This will result in a cleaner nuc hive in the parent hive since they only have 4 frames of bees to manipulate with. These are the big fat winter bees from the Nov. hatch waiting to explode on the earliest of Spring. After this 3rd cap broods removal this hive should be 99% mite free.
And taking advantage of the long live winter bees should do the trick for this nuc hive. To replaced the removed cap brood frames, I
have 4 old drawn frames of the small cells size swapped in.
The top box of the mite bee bomb nuc hive should be clear of cap broods by now. I then removed 5 drawn
frames from the top box that have very little bees attached. They all had moved down to the bottom brood box after the
cap broods from Nov. had already emerged. So all the clean drawn frames got put inside another deep hive
box stacked on top of the parent hive which is 99% mite free for the coming Spring expansion. And rotated in are the cap brood frames from the parent hive.
The parent hive is a VSH hive with a Cordovan laying queen. If I remove all the cap
broods again in another week or so then it will be 99.9% mite free since not all free running mites will be inside the cap broods per any cap cycle.
What do you think about my cap brood frames removal strategy to clean up the hive a bit?
In the process I found a glass like young Cordovan bee emerging. Have never seen such a light yellow almost transparent
bee before. Should be good to take some graft from this queen in the coming queen rearing seasons. They like the sugar loaves that they recognized instantly (more sugar less subs.)
Found the queen in new brood nest (laying):
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?