Re: How to Track Queens?
Salty, I have not had to do this for bees but I have done it for many other things.
Look a bit into pedigree because that is what you are talking about.
I am going to use some real names here simply because it's to early for me to be imaginative.
I intend to start queen breeding some day. when I do I will get breeder stock from as many breeders as I can. for right now I will say.
Glenn Apiaries (no longer possible they no longer exist)
Now in order to control who is who in all these queens and their daughters I need a way to track the offspring of all these queens.
I would first start by naming an apiary. So lets say I have apiaries in Lemmon Valley, Stead, Red Rock and Cold Springs.
My tracking would start with Apiary name LV for Lemmon valley St for Stead, RR for Red Rock and CS for Cold Springs
Next it would be the name of the original breeder. TG for Tom Glenn etc
So a Tom Glenn Queen in Cold Springs would be CSTG
Next woudl be the hive identification which most likely would be a number so lets say she is in hive 18 The ID now becomes CSTG18 Finally the queen may or may not have a numbered tag depending on how you mark your queens if so just add the tag number or color if you just tag them with colors. So I would end up with CSTG1801 for a Cold Springs Tom Glenn hive 16 queen tagged with a number one button. Color of button tracks year queen was produced so you can add another letter for that.
So how does this work for the next generation? A direct descendant is simply listed as F1, F2 etc. but a cross produces a new line.
So any daughter of that CST1801 Queen is a CST1801(F1)
and I can tell you I can sell you a second generation Tom Glenn open mated queen.
In the case of a cross. Lets say I also have a LVMP2314 for a Lemmon Valley Michael Palmer Hive 23 tag 14 queen and I cross her drones through II with the Cold Springs Queen offspring
I know for my record I want to track this as a CSTG1801 X LVMP2314 (DYline) But it will become a RRDY0101 Queen. New line moved to a new location. And that line is mine.
I can shorten this to just breeders if I do not need to track individual queens TGXMP-DY01 which means I cross Toms with Michaels to come up with my first (01) cross.
So lets say I make 100 of these TGXMP queens. I simply give each a number form 1 to 100. I can list them as TGXMP or as DY01 either way I want my records to tell me how I came up with the DY01 line. I would tend to stick with the TGXMP method as the listing in my records gives me more complete info. Now the daughters of that cross could be sold to you as a TGXMP(F1) Open mated queen.
I can make the info to me in how they are tracked even more complete if I list this new line TGXMP-DY01. This tells me that a Tom and Michael cross resulted in my first cross.
All work and no play makes a happy bee.