Re: What is the really critical mating period?
This year I purchased Queen Cells and queens from a friend who has been producing queens from a number of Mother Queens for some time now. His new Queen Rearer used to work for Kona Queens. It is impressive to see the record keeping and organization necassary to produce cells and queens when they are supposed to be mailed out.
Are there things I should know when purchasing queens? I did get a variety of kinds of Queens from Kutik Queens.
I'm looking forward to getting some queens from rrussellapiaries next spring.
"Beekeeping. It's a journey, not a destination." Mark Berninghausen