Since turning my chickens loose they like to hang out around the hives to scratch around and eat bugs and grass.
At the same time, I've noticed no more hive beetles and mites and I also haven't used traps this year.
Earlier in the year, before the chickens got turned loose during the day, I saw mites on a few bees and drone larvae. I check for pests every inspection but none show up.
So it has me wondering if the chickens are eating the bugs before they enter the hives?
I'll keep monitoring and report back my findings.