I've been trying to find a solid answer about the role of drones, but I've been reading different answers that seem to vary to some degree.
The way that I understand it, the drones in our personal hives will only try and mate with queens from other hives, to try keep from in-breeding. I understand this is done by the queen flying further away from the hive than the other drones from the same hive would, so she's open to mate with unrelated drones further away. And I'm assuming the drones in her own hive are mainly there to mate with other queens from other hives, although they also do some of the chores.
Am I correct in this?
I did read a little about Mongrel Honey Bees, so I think that might be where some of the confusion is with me.