April 23

The Formic acid treatment is done and the mite Away Quick Strips were removed. None of the queens were lost but the treatment is very hard on the bees. The queens all stopped laying for several days and there is not open brood in any of the 7 hives. All but one of the hives has egg indicating that the queen started laying within the past three days. The one with no egg was already queen-less before treatment and now has sealed queen cells. Three of the seven hives had swarm cells and two splits was taken from each for a total of 6 more nucs with queen cells. The three had swarm cells the day of treatment that were all cut out so they continued to build them even in the acid environment. It will be interesting to see how these queens come out.

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