At what Ratio does your managed hives genetics overcome the surrounding population?
The question is at what point do you have to worry about your genetics flooding the area around you to the point of inbreeding?
I live in an area that I think is fairly isolated colony wise. I also believe that there is very little as far as managed and or "wild" populations in this area.
Assume in a few years when I have more hive and am rearing my own queens. Is there a rule of thumb as far as how many hives I can manage versus the population around me before I have to be concerned about my genetics spreading and dominating the surrounding population to the point that inbreeding is an issue.
4 Years. 9 hives. Tx Free. USDA Zone 5b.