I wrote about practice.I am a supporter of the "big wing" theory (Leigh Mallory, Ha Ha,) and would suggest that giving an extra frame of brood or two to a small colony, could usefully be supplemented by a new queen in the spring to support a good laying rate. Otherwise it might degenerate into a "small colony" again.
'Large colonies' is a theory I intend to follow next year, which is why I have stayed with 14x12 frames so far, but the bees do take a long time to gain colony size on their own ]if the queen is not prolific.
Having obtained a bigger colony that way, it is necessary for the queen to become a prolific layer so as to maintain the colony size, otherwise the death-rate is higher than the birth-rate and the colony dwindles rapidly, losing effective foraging force.
Not all queens are prolific layers. So it is necessary to check that the queen is laying enough. If not she must be replaced before the colony size dwindles again.
Being a beginner with only 1 hive it is a worry that should anything go wrong then it is 100% loss with nothing to fall back on but wait until swarming season and hope. I am worried at the moment 'Have I done all I can to get the hive through Winter', so it is important for me to do an AS as soon as possible next year to create an insurance policy. I will probably build the existing colony up as big as possible and make 3 nucs off it next year and then concentrate on building them all up for Winter. I will then concentrate on honey in 2011..
Beginners do a big mistake when they split their hives in spring. But they are so nervous to get new hives than no one can help them. And others even encourage to rear their own queens.
At the risk of being 'off-topic' for a while, the problem with 'Big-Wing' was the time it took to assemble and get up to fighting force and position. Often by the time a big wing was ready the damage had been done.I'm not so keen on it and I've always felt that Air Vice Marshall Park never got full recognition for his services....
Have you tried any treatment ? ........... Fumidil ? ..... or Thymol ? ......Finman said:After long winter many queen have got nosema with its hive and they will never bee the same as last summer.
I have every year nosema hives. They are not able to rear brood in early spring and do not eat pollen patty. They digestion system is ruined.
That seems to have been the conventional approach ..... but has it been effective ?Fumidil-B and a Bailey comb change...
25 years ago I used Fumidil. It was good but exppencive.Have you tried any treatment ? ........... Fumidil ? ..... or Thymol ? ......
What test do you use ? .........