"The pattern was not good, the grafts were not good, and in general, I am not sure what the problem was. It could of been just coincidence and I got a bad queen or perhaps damaged somehow in transit."
Not a flop really, and not the fault of the queen, or so i've been told. SMR x SMR are very hygenic, too much so, and the workers remove alot of brood, which is what they are supposed to do....but...they remove too much. The SMR trait is most useful at about 75%, and unlikely to survive at 100%.
The only way to keep these colonies alive is to add frames of emeraging brood. These queens should only be used for drone colonies, and should not be expected to overwinter in cold climates.
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