Re: Palmer queen lines make up and history
In about 1990, Roy Weaver was able to get some queens direct from Brother Adam. Prior to that, he had used drone semen to upgrade Italian stock until it was nearly pure Buckfast. The queens I got from Weaver in 1991 were fantastic. They built very strong colonies with very little swarming and produced the highest average crop of honey I've ever had. When crossed with most other races, they turned very defensive. Do some basic selection and the defensiveness could be brought down but the price was an increase in swarming tendency. They were highly susceptible to varroa and in the winter of 1993/1994 all died.
NW Alabama, 50 years, 20 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest