I lost two out of my 3 hives one before fall one mid January. The third hive is still going just added another 15 lbs of sugar block on top of what was left of the one I Placed on in November which was about 2/3 consumed. I treated for Mites for 6 weeks starting in October with APIVAR strips for 6 weeks.
I was told by many on here it was to little too late and most felt that hives had either starved (with a bout 10 lbs of sugar still unconsumed) or that the varroa mite treatment was to small and too late.
That all being said I would rather learn from my mistakes than repeat them. I have order a 3 lb package of bees that I will be getting first week of April (weather depending) . I am going to start this in a single 10 frame deep super using 9 frames of existing comb from old hive. the tenth frame I will be using a feeder frame for sugar syrup and feed pollen patties across top of frames. I am planning on feeding until early mid May sugar syrup. I am also getting 2 nuns 5 frame end of April these will be set up the same way as my package with existing comb from old hive and a feeder.
That is the plan, so please tell me the problems that I have.
I also would like to know the following when should I give my first treatment for Varroa mites and what treatment would you suggest strips? if I use strips was planning on using a 21 day treatment using mite away quick strips. how often should I treat and how long between treatments? I am also considering using vapor but am not sure of the safety precautions or how often this should be done and what the approx. cost will be. My 3rd options is FGMO using an electric fogger still unsure of dosage or frequency any and all opinions are greatly appreciated.
I am also figuring inhaling to add second super earlier this year since all frames added will have existing drawn out comb, the frames were inspected by a fellow keep who introduced me to beekeeping and he said they were all fine no sign of foul brood. the frames are currently being stored in the fridge in my garage to prevent insect intrusion and vermin.