Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience
Originally Posted by tpope
This season I want my 3 survivor queens lay as much drone is possible.
Then I want those drones flood the area as much as possible.
The more the merrier.
If you indeed care of any good traits to set into your population - you must push out the desired drones.
You are always working with your entire population, not just few hives in the backyard.
If you suppress your own "good" drones, well, some other drones will mate with your queens and you will have no seat at the table then.
To compare, I will be harvesting drone as a product from the other hives when I can (the colonies still under question and any new swarms for 2019; a side-affect - mite suppression).
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.