I am looking forward to getting into rearing queens next season, and am learning what I can in preparation.
Assuming one is trying to breed for specific traits, and not using instrumental insemination, I've read that people try to flood a given area with drones from their stock in order to "tip the odds" in favor of the genetics they prefer.
I have heard of people setting up "drone yards" far from their queen-rearing hives. I've heard that it has to be a mile or so away? Is this true?
I've read that queens will go a long way from their own hive to mate in order to avoid their own drones, and that is the reason given for the drone yards being maintained at a distance.
I wonder how those of you with experience in bee breeding handle your drone populations. Do you have specific methods that you can share?