Re: Seeking input on local queen idea
...sharing genetics is a fine idea,but I think it's worth looking a bit further ahead if you want to make "progress".
The problem is that although you want to keep diversity high enough to prevent inbreeding, you also want to "improve" over time. You can't do this if you are constantly mixing things up...at some point, if you want something to point at as "good stock", it has to be somewhat uniform...and therefore, somewhat limited in diversity.
Breeding is not just tossing things together (although it can start that way). You are looking for bees that "do well" (however you want to define that)...at some point, the more diverse your gene pool, the traits that "do well" for you will be less common.
This isn't to say that a "salad" is a bad way to start....whatever your criteria, you should start with whatever you have available to you that is "best" (whether you already have it or think you need to buy it or trade for it) and begin your selection. If you are constantly "tossing" the salad, you are not refining anything, not accumulating anything.
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