Re: Preparing for spring & package bee regression
I have to moderately disagree with you on the package bees Bluegrass. In the deep south, we can easily start with packages, but the timing is wrong so the package hits the main flow at the time most of the bees from the package are dying and the young newly hatched bees are too young to forage. The package means giving up on making a crop of honey in the year the package is purchased. By comparison, a nuc will usually make a surplus because it starts with enough brood to have foragers at the right time. Further north and this would not be a concern since packages usually have about 2 months to build up before the main flow.
NW Alabama, 50 years, 20 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest