Re: Live and Let Die - Do you really reduce the gene pool?
Originally Posted by Solomon Parker
I was concerned about that with my hot hive this spring. They were exceedingly good at producing drones.
Yes to both. Now that I am producing a significant number of my own queens, any requeening is done in the late spring in hives already not having brought any honey in and/or failed to build up. I didn't used to do requeening at all, only splitting and dying.
I see your point though, it's less utilitarian, and I'm doing it less. But going into fall, there's just nothing to be done.
got it, thanks sol.
disclaimer: novice beekeeper here who knows just enough to be dangerous