I am a little guilty of asking this question without a full search of info but I have perused Beesource and net sites for some of the Russian suppliers.
I have about 50 hives that I would like to change to Russian queens. WHat I know about Russians is that the queens are expensive, require a little more work and attention for introduction (push in screen over emerging brood and subsequent removal of screen) and might not be readily available.
Several folks seem to sell breeder queens. THese one would use to raise your own queens to repopulate. But then the problem is having russian drones to inseminate/mate. Does one go about this by buying a bunch of expensive queens or raising my own queens piecemeal as russian drones do better?
What am I missing here? What is the way to go about this? Thank you.