Re: Am I doing a stupid thing?
I think this is a wise hedge against total loss. I made the mistake of using all "tx free" queens from one source when I started. It was a total failure, 7/8 lost in their second winter. My plan is to take what honey I think leaves plenty for the winter, feed what I need to, and raise or replace queens that will not produce and split to make up for the losses. If you have a hive that is a dud, combine it back into another or split it into nucs for the next season. Since feral bees in my area are a rarity I have to rely on imported queens as a starting point. This time around I have a combination of 2 "resistant" queen breeders and home grown queens.
Originally Posted by Bill91143
"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value." Thomas Paine