Hi all
I am planning my first queen raising efforts. Here is the question:
The books stress that you need lots of drones. But since the drone has the same genes as his mother, it seems I should select a different hive from the graft source for the drones.

Assuming that I don't lose too many hives this winter (which may be a false assumption) I hope to have at least 3 Italian hives survive and one with a Carni Queen.

So my plan is to take the graft larva from the carni queen and put some drone comb in the best surviving Italian hive.

Since the drones from the Carni queen would be at least half brothers of the carni larva it would seem better not to encourage drones in the larva source hive.

Any thoughts, am I on the right track here???