I had 4 hives last year, and I have 20 hives now. Some were from splits, some from packages, and some are from captured feral bees. All my queens are either Russian, Yugo, or home grown. Most of my home grown queens are from my feral stock.
The one that made it just barely made it. I restocked with packages (from Idaho) and re-queened with Olympic Wilderness Apiaries and Old Sol stock, and raised some queens off of those queens. I put them in hives with drawn comb and honey.
Dan Hayden 4 Years. 9 hives. Tx Free. USDA Zone 5b.