Re: help picking best queen to make new queens from
Rick, the multiple queen thing is for queen production of any kind. inbreeding is devistating in bees. causes problems in any animal. but in bees it causes very fast decline due to the specifics of bee genetics. If all the queens in your apiary came from one mother. there is a tremendous bottle neck of genetics that can present it's ugly side in just a couple of generations. You suddenly have queens that lay 50% or more drones.
All work and no play makes a happy bee.