Hi Honeyflow friends! — I’ve been out of touch for a while, but last week I finally moved my bees from their original Langstroth hive into their beautiful new Flow Hive home. While I was at it, I sent a few photos to Beescanning in Sweden to do an AI-enhanced photo scan that identifies pests and diseases. They return the photos marked up with anything found. As it turns out, my hive has both veroa and some sketchy brood. The upper box has at least 5 full frames full of beautiful honey, and lots of worker bees, but no sign of eggs or a queen anywhere. There are also no queen cells. Also, there is larvae in the lower brood box (with all the drones). I didn’t inspect that one closely today because I wanted to get in and out as quickly as possible.
Today I treated the hive with Apivar strips. I also have Formic Pro and Oxalic acid (a little overkill, but I wanted to be prepared). I thought that Apivar might be more gentle on this weak colony.
So should I wait until after the 42-day treatment to introduce a new queen? What are the chances of finding a mated queen around the holidays in SoCal? If there are nucs available, I could also start a second colony in their old Langstroth.
There’s going to be a serious honey flow here soon after the new year, and I don’t want to miss it!