I am going to explain why first then I am going to as several questions. I have requeened my hives (8), and now have Russians. I have found that I have several hives near me. 10 about 3/4 mile away, 3 about 1 1/4 miles away. I want to keep mine pure Russian. I understand the necessity of requeening to keep this possible. My neighbor beeks will not be as worried about genetics as I am. They will let theirs requeen theirselves. they will be beehavers more than beekeepers. I also believe that with this scenario playing out over 2-3 years I will change theirs to Russians.
Now comes my questions. Is there anyway that I can raise my own Queens and get them mated to pure Russian drones without Instrumental Inseminating? In other words if I purchase or have more than 1 genetic of Queens is there any way to isolate my drones from each Queen for mating with the other, ie bee breeding cage? I understand the need for genetic diversity. I have a learned and experienced knowledge of beekeeping in general but this is totally over my head. If I need to AI as we call it in the cattle business (I succesfully AIed cattle for several years, no comparison intended) how do you get semen to AI your Queens with? Especially pure Russian drone semen? When I learn the answer to some of these question I will then get into methodology. Thank you in advance.
So much to learn, so little time!!