Re: Who is not squishing the grumpy queens??
Many people buy nucs and packages from far away places. If the offspring from a supersedure is in a new area the genetics will certainly get watered down both ways. Even though you may have a very gentle queen you don't allow open breeding in an AHB area. Breeding has always been a game of chance. You combine races of bees and hope to weed out the traits you don't want and keep the ones you do. The hard part is to get successive offspring to exhibit the same good traits. That is the problem with mixed breeds.
Originally Posted by cgybees
Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping