I am new to this forum, but not to beekeeping, as I've been practicing for about 10 years in the wet maritime climate of Western Washington. Just a word on my experience with Alaska Bee Products. A number of people in our community ordered from this company and I ordered 2 - 5# packages. Some of the queens were quite fuzzy i.e. very young and they may not have been in mating nucs long enough to assure that they were well mated. That certainly turned out to be true for one of my hives and supersedure cells appeared with a very small brood and then no queen. I have had to wait to obtain a new Carni queen (Italians do very poorly here) and with our short season, I am out a year and $110.
It appears that the queen was not a good one and the owner, Mike Radford, not only would not supply a new queen, he told me it was "my problem."
I certainly will not purchase from Alaska Bee Products again.