I've two hives in central Brooklyn Welly. Weather here has been appalling for my girls. First hive started as a Nuc 1 Nov. The other was a club Nuc early Dec. First one rocketed away. 2nd one was a little slower but going well. First Nuc is up to x4 3/4 boxes and the second Nuc is up to x3 full heigh boxes but only 8 frames wide.
I'm seeing mites on the bottom boards now and since the weather is so shite, and the flow has really stopped due to wind and rain, I was wondering if I should take out what honey is sensible, leave the rest for the girls and get some mite treatments in there?
Was thinking if I take the top box off the 4box hive that's probably more than enough for them for winter? Perhaps too much? And what happens to all my girls in the top box if I take one away? Do they all just squeeze in the remaining 3 boxes?