I am purchasing some hives from survivor feral stock. They are from several hundred miles from here. I was hoping to breed my own queens. I have survivor feral bees around my bee yards that live somewhere near. My two bee yards are about 60 miles apart. Both have feral bees around.
My question is, can I just expect there to be drones of sufficient numbers from the feral hives and can I expect the genetics to be good on the feral hives to raise my own queens with the feral stock from 600 miles away as the Queen stock and do open mating without raising drones myself?
Also, how many times can I do this before I start needing some outbreeding? I figure after a few generations, I can swap some of the hives with the other beeyard for some outside genetics.
Any suggestions are welcome.