Wondering what to breed from.
I've got 5 hives left from my 1st year about to start their 4th year. All have swarmed or superseded at least once over the last 3 years which mean none have their original queen, but rather a daughter or granddaughter of the original queen. Are these considered survivor colonies?
Also have about 8 other hives starting their 3rd year that are captured swarms from my surviving 1st year colonies. These also have superseded their original queens so again they are at best daughters of the original queens.
I keep hearing "breed from your best survivors", so should I take grafts only from the original "surviving" 5 hives or should I consider the best of the 2 year old hives which may in fact have older queens?
No, none of the queens were ever marked. I hope to raise about 40 queens.
4y, 40h, tf