Re: Time to get nervous #3
Regardless of the species breeding for selected traits takes time.
Originally Posted by grumpybeeman
If you don't like what others have available breed your own.
You say your Queens are crap. Others purchase from the same source and say their Queens are great. If you and your immediate neighbour purchased from the same source and your neighbours were consistently great and yours consistently crap I would look towards differences in husbandry....otherwise it may be that you need to breed up for your specific micro environment.
Take the best of your crap and breed it up. Do that selection process over and over and over again and odds are you should end up with the genetics that suit you.
All this from someone who is trying to get the courage to raise their own Queens. This is the year for me to try...better to "fail" than never try
Janne....first hives April 2013, 19 hives, treat, plant zone 8b, at sea level, latitude 49.13, longitude 123.06