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.
DarJones - 46 years, 14 colonies (max 40), sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 11 frame broodnest, small cell