Hi, total newbie here.
I'm going through the process of getting up to speed and in reading several threads on Saskatraz it appears to me that, to some degree, negative feedback on Saskatraz bees seems to get worse the further south the posters are coming from.
Does it make sense that, perhaps, the bees are better suited to more northerly climates or possibly require a harsher winter to help with disease resistance?
Help is here to never misplace that hive tool again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTqB0zcmhmQ
I had two Sas queens over-winter quite well here, I have to split one already; the colony has 2 deeps and a medium packed full just added another super. I am waiting on a few more drones getting out there so maybe in a week or two. Out of 5 last year 3 swarmed within a few months. These two I am pleased with.
I agree with you Colinanderson; there was another thread on Sas queens last year where there were problems with some of them, but the queens weren’t directly from Canada, most people bought them from Mann Lake or Olivarez in CA, which breed their own. A man in my Club bought 6 from Mann L and did great with them and they overwintered well as my two did. But, they weren’t as varroa tolerant as we expected but it could just be our area here. Huge influx of mites in the Fall.
Due to flooding and bad weather in California I won’t get my package of saskatraz till tomorrow afternoon. How’s everybody’s else’s saskatraz doing?
I checked them last night and 5 of them were given second deeps because the queens have laid up 2 more frames completely with eggs.
Im very impressed so far with how calm the queens are on the frames and the laying patterns.