Re: Informal Survey: What stock(s) and where?
Cordovans can vary quite a bit, but in my experince, the light yellow version of cordovan is extremely un-thrifty. They make about half as much honey as a typical Italian colony, then waste most of it producing excessive brood in mid-summer's dearth and overwintering with a beach ball size cluster of bees. They did not winter effectively for me either. Note that cordovan can be bred into a black bee yielding a purplish-black color. It was never popular and to my knowledge is not currently available from any supplier.
NW Alabama, 46 years, 24 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest