Re: A Sad Week for Pooh Bear
Grafted daughter queens from the commercial operation queens. I tried a new little bee experiment on all of my new nuc hives this season.
Instead of treating them with the usual oav around this time, all hives went brood less manipulation resetting the mite button.
With a newly mated Autumn queen they will never went brood less this winter.
All the cap broods with the mites went to the one hygienic hive with a newly mated
queen laying 2 weeks ago. Empty drawn comb from the consolidation will be use for all the
queens to lay in fresh eggs. All the attaching bees on the frames got brushed off into the empty drawn frames to make
a very compact nuc hive going into winter. Of course, with a brood less/egg less hive I can oav if I wanted to with my homemade
oav gadget under the hive, oav crystals generating unit and the glycerine oav mite strips. Wanting to
repeat this experiment next year I have to save some mites too as we have the most aggressive mites here. This is another way to keep the mites in check here. All the big fat winter bees that recently emerged from the mite free environment will enjoy a quiet
winter. It only took me 1 day to manipulate them all on a weekend. Easily be done if you have
2 to 10 hives. Some queens even laid across the boundary more
than what these young nurse bees can handle. So the saying that queen will only lay up to what the
bees can cover the broods is no longer true from my experience. Then I have some queens that never lay across the boundary as those are
the exception. Will not use those for my expansion program. Maybe she can sense the winter bees will live longer taking
up this chore. Then again the newly mated Autumn queens thinking it is still early Spring time building up their brood nest for the winter.
Big fat mite free emerging winter bees. Expected to see an explosive bee growth this coming Spring. Actively managing the bees through out
this winter. Balancing out queen grafting, mite control and hive manipulation all at the same time!
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?