I found a post by Daniel Y in another thread that contained a statement that shipping queens can cause loss of performance by those queens. From my limited experience of purchasing queens that were from a distance away from me, therefore needing to be shipped, I tend to agree that the shipping of queens does reduce their performance and that making daughters from those queens is the way to preserve the genetics and get good performance. In essence, the daughters of those shipped queens far out perform the mother queen that was shipped. Has anyone else noticed this?
Daniel Y posted...
"nurtured production of queens is more important than stock. Doing both is better".
Seems obvious to be. Barring that you never know what stone when turned will reveal the unexpected. It does happen.
Selection is about genetics. But genetics make no difference if those genetics are not able to be expressed. At the core of my thought is the claim by I believe Jay Smith that many queens when reared will be exceptional layers until they are shipped. It is then found they are poor layers. His opinion on this effect was that caging the queen and preventing her from laying for even a few days during transport damaged her. The Genetics are still in the package. but the environment has prevented them from being expressed. The answer is to rear a new queen from her as soon as possible. this queen is then not shipped and able to express the superior egg laying trait. Nurture is what makes that difference.
To me selection and nurture are so intertwined as to be one and the same. Otherwise you may have the perfect genetics and never know it.