Few months later I took 16 strong colonies with lupster's bees to west Texas to put on cotton. About month and half later, went to pick them up, and had 3 colonies with no sign of bees and all the rest were weak. I might have averged 20# of honey per colony. 4 more died before I got them ready for winter and I went into winter with 9 and came out with 9, though 1 was queenless. I am through with the migratory beekeeping.