I also posted in Beekeeping 101 about picking up my own packages. Long story short. Does it pay to travel from No. Idaho to California to pick up my own packages instead of just buying them around here. I usually buy packages and nucs in smaller quantities but thought it might be better to buy about 20 pkgs direct from a supplier in CA (Koehnen?) along with some extra queens. I could drive to valley in about 15 hours, stay with a niece a couple of days, and then pick up pkgs early and head back home. What considerations do I figure in for keeping bees alive? I would be in my GMC pickup with a secure cloth bed cover over them. I thought controlling the transport would be advantageous along with a possible cost saving. What do you think?
Thanks in advance.