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New hive from a package this past spring. The queen was a drone layer right from the beginning. They decided to re-queen themselves at the beginning of August. I took a peek yesterday and the new queen is doing really well. 5 full frames of capped brood and plenty of eggs and larva.

I have some left over pollen patties. Would I be doing any harm if I put some in the hive?

They are bringing in pollen on their own and the goldenrod is ready to pop.

Also, I want to do a mite count but I really don't want to mess with the new population building going on. Should I wait, treat, ideas/suggestions?

Thanks,

Bob
 

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There is no point adding patties when you have plenty of pollen coming. Put your leftovers in a plastic bag and store in a freezer till later this year or next spring.
As for testing - if there are any mites majority will be under capped brood. If you have a screened bottom and see significant drop on to your sticky board every day (like more than 5) then do actual alcohol wash test and go from there.
 

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it sounds like the hive had a brood break which will help with the mites. But this time of year one always has to assume the worst as the bees are raising winter bees. I would go ahead and test, your not going to disrupt the colony that much.
 

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Thanks for the insights. Had problems logging in for some reason. Anyway...

This package has had a higher percentage of drones than any other hive I have had/seen. When I checked in late July there was virtually no brood/eggs/larva. Plenty of stores. Also, a number of supercedure cells in various stages. I culled all but the nicest looking. I let them do their thing and when I checked the other day beautiful frames of capped brood with other brood in the works.
A significantly less number of drones also.

When they do a brood break, is there a complete lack of brood? Or just less brood. Also, they had plenty of capped and uncapped honey and pollen.
 
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