Re: Packages vs Nucs vs Prime Swarms
This is comparing apples to oranges, you are not measuring bee survival, you are measuring how much the beekeeper does to get the colony established and in the process using two entirely different starting points. You can't compare a local swarm with a purchased package. Most packages come with a new queen, swarms have old queens. Most packages come with a fixed amount of bees, swarms are highly variable. etc. etc.
guys who catch nothing but locals and don't use good beekeeping skills have no better success than packages or nucs.
DarJones - 46 years, 16 colonies (max 40), sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 11 frame broodnest, small cell