Today went out to check the hives. Now i know what everyone is saying about the smell of Goldenrod. Wow, or maybe pew:shock: checked my mite boards on the 2 small hives. Count on the stronger of the 2 counted 100+ mites on the sticky board. Opened up a few drone cells and mites were in there. The other hive. Is a very weak hive. Only 2 frames of the second deep has been drawn. Very little brood or anything really in the second deep. Did not check the first deep. Mite count was low. 50 or so. This hive I can't see making it through the winter. Hate to think that but, if this is all they are going to do, whats the point. The other has a chance. Funny these were bought nucs and both are doing poorly. Did a power sugar treatment on them. The 3rd hive. (my swarm) Still has a super on it but they wont have anything ready to pull in time. Should I pull the queen excluder and keep it on for the winter stores? Also, I made new bottom boards and wanted to try it on this hive first. same SBB but tad taller with a slide out oil pan for SHB control. Had to break the hive down. Super had weight to it. Second brood box was heavy but the first brood box was light. Why would that be? I have not checked this hive yet for mites. Should I? Being it is getting close to the end of the season, I stressing what to do with these 3 hives.