Re: Saskatraz....any feedback?
Mine did fine. Didn't live any better, or die any worse than my mutt queened hives. They may be a little more docile than "my" bees. They are building up no faster, nor any slower than my mutts.
To be completely honest, if I didn't know which hive they were in, I would never know from looking in the hives. That is likely a great thing for people in my area. We don't have a long cold winter, but we do have a long hot dearth in the summer. We also have a relatively short, intesne spring flow. I suspect raising bees in my area is a whole lot like raising bees in Saskatchewan, except for the temperature. Our summer dearth would be similar to the SK winter regarding food supply. If the bees change gears and stop brood production based off of nectar and pollen flows instead of decreasing daylength, then they'll do good here. I have no clue yet as to their honey production, but I am happy that there may be a commerically available quality queen that fits in well in my area. Straight bred Italian bees do not do well here, for me anyway. When I've had those, if I didn't feed in late summer, they would starve out. They'd brood until they used everything up in the hive.
The more I learn about bees, the less I know.