So, here's my thought. Since one of the obvious reason to buy a breeder queen is to gather genetics from her to increase certain characteristics of the apiary, I was thinking on a "different" way to achieve this then normal.
Typically the way I understand it is people raise daughters from the breeder, those mate with your drones and you have your next generation of queens. Well what if we took the other route? I'm not exactly sure why but somehow I feel like there is just a lot of potential lost with that method. I consider myself a very small time queen breeder, so I have my own personal queens that are my breeder queens. Would I not achieve better results, and a better use of the genetics purchased in someone else's breeder queen if I were to take the drones from the purchased queens and inseminate daughters of my own stock?
Here is my reasoning, what I consider a breeder for myself is obvious the closest thing to a "perfect" bee in my mind in my apiary at that time. The purchased breeder queens drones are an identical genetic copy of the queen (right?) so in my my mind that is the "purest" form of genetics I can receive from the queen. (By purest I mean how good the genetics are that that queen contain for the characteristics for which you bought her). So by taking that, and mating say, 20 virgins from my stock, evaluating then producing production queens from the top few I have propagated a better genetic makeup apiary wide then I would have using the more common method.
I understand that the drones of the purchased breeder queen is inseminated with are carefully choose just like the queen, however, to me the mixing of the genetics can degrade the overall effectiveness of transferring the desirable traits over the large scale. For example (just numbers and nothing more) if you purchased a breeder that comprised of 90% being perfect honey producer and mated with drones of the same, there is ~20 error in perfection in her virgin daughters that is then compounded by the drones that virgin is mated to. Where else that factor is mitigated by using my virgin daughters and the purchased breeders drones.
Yes it can be done the other way around, but my genetics are already in my apiary, I want to pull out as much as possible as efficiently as possible and as quick as possible from the breeder that is purchased that will eventually die, and cause some genetic (maybe characteristic would have been a better word this whole time?) loss to be taken with her death no matter how many offspring you produced from her.
What's your guys thoughts? This is nothing scientific or fact based on my end, just some day dreaming gut feelings while at work, that I thought I'd share and get beesources opinion on.