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With the green plastic drone frames for mite control, do you use 2 per hive or 2 in each brood box?

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I have one that I dont use but I think one per hive should bee enough if I do the droan for mites control I put a med frame in the deep box and let them draw droan comb on the bottome and cut it off when capped
 

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I have one that I dont use but I think one per hive should bee enough if I do the droan for mites control I put a med frame in the deep box and let them draw droan comb on the bottome and cut it off when capped
Isn't that a lot of wasted energy drawling out comb you are going to cut away. Using a green one and then freezing it would be better right?
 

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I use foundationless also and haven't seen much of a loss in production. The greenies also mean that you have to make double the trips to the apiary per treatment, and have two sets of equipment for each colony. I run all mediums, and have about two to three frames per colony. Put them in position 3 or seven in a brood box and they'll draw it out perfectly every time. Later in the season it'll start being more worker comb, and I ease off of the culling.
 

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thats my understanding of the practice- you take one out, replace it with another(no empty space in the hive) and freeze the other(removed) frame, OR scrape out the larvae and feed to chickens,or use to fish, or... good luck,mike
 

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I know some people use the green frame for mite control. but to me it seems like a waste of eggs, resorces, energy of bees to just kill the brood. why not get hygenic bees? That do good work at grooming themselfs and others that knock off the mites and use a SBB to let the mites fall off. and stay out of the hive. just my two cents.
 

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Using cut outs drone frames for mite control has been going on in Europe for along time. It is a very effective method of control. Hygenic bees are not practical for commercial operations. If you run one or a hand full of hives it would be a good way to go. In some areas like here in Colorado SSB's are not practical. I personally run two methods of mite control, cut out drone brood and thymol. Since I have been using thymol I no longer have to cut out the drone brood cause I have no mite problem...none. Lastly, with the green drone frames if you are running lots of hives you better have lots of freezer space...or chickens...they love drone brood.
 

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Thanks for the replies............Just what I needed.......More to think about:scratch:.............Will it never end??????????:s


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Thanks for the replies............Just what I needed.......More to think about:scratch:.............Will it never end??????????:s Thanks againBlueline
No it does not, but thats what keeps it interesting :D
 
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