Re: Mated Queen who can tell
OT what is the difference if the queen is poorly mated or is a virgin that is too old? This is happening to a number of beekeepers. My suspicion is it happens more to a hobbyist than a commercial beekeeper. Because like you said if it happens to a large buyer it will hurt the producer and the large buyer is not a newbie that can be blown off as not knowing anything.
Originally Posted by Oldtimer
Secondly, I thought it was easy to tell if a queen is properly mated simply by the brood pattern. So it seems to me the problem is short cuts, not doing a thorough check like Michael Bush said.
Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping