Re: Varroa Sensitive Hygiene (VSH) Queen Bees
My experience with vsh queen is a positive one so far. Other than vsh we also have the mite biting and mauling bees as well as the
allogrooming bees available. Do a search to learn more about them. Oav is just another tool and cannot guarantee that your bees will survive the winter. In order for the bees to survive you have to manually removed the cap brood frames with the mites inside. This will enable your hives to survive until early Spring time again. Doing so on few colonies are feasible for a small hobby beekeeper. Also, to be sustainable in the long term you have to learn how to raise your own local queens. Michael Palmer has good vids on you tube on sustainable apiary. His hives are in the snow country which is very different than our mild winter environment here. My advice is to find the mite biting/mauling bees to buy. Then start growing your own local queens from there.
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?