Re: Treat Package Before Installation?
I have been treating all new swarms, packages, purchased nucs, and divides with Apivar immediately upon starting them. And feeding them one gallon Prosweet. The effect of these two crutches is dramatic. $7 dollars invested returns a few boxes of honey in return. Just had a 94 pound average crop off one overwintered hive, one package and three swarms treated in this manner. The overwintered hive was treated in fall, the new four in spring.
All of my opinions and suggestions are based on my five decades of actual beekeeping,
not so much on book learning, watching YouTube videos nor reading internet sites.