Re: Requeening a Package
I am not in your area...but you can find "treatment Free" queens for sale in a lot of different places. You can find supposed mite tolerant bees in tons of locations. As far as what bee would adapt to the cold? I can say. I have read that Buckfast has good adaptability, and Russians are supposed to be cold hardy and mite tolerant. So I would suggest, trying a few different types of queens and see what does best. If you use several types of queens and they still don't survive, then it may have something to do with management practices. My bees are treatment free, but they are well managed. IMO
Anyway, whichever bee makes it out of the winter the best...maybe stick with those.
"You have to put down the ducky if you wanna play the Saxophone!" Mr .Hoot