I am intending to begin raising my own queens this spring. Having done considerable research, I beleived I was ready to roll. Now I am not so sure.
Yesterday, I read in a recent Apis-UK article that queens are programmed to seek DCAs that are at greater distance from the mating yard than are those sought by drones located in the same yard. Supposedly, this is a natural tendency that reduces inbreeding.
There are plenty of feral bees and some AHBs in my area. No apriaries other than mine are in the area. I have chosen one remote mating yard location situated to maximize the probability that the raised queens would be mated with the selected drone stock placed in that yard.
My question is, given the Apis-UK reference, is the single yard location for target drones insufficient? Whadda ya think? Opinions please.