Ventured out a little into this this season here locally. The weather was pretty strange here so I didn’t get into it as much as I would have liked but now I have questions.
How do you answer people who want a certain breed of queens? Most seem turned away when I tell them my queens are mutts that are grafted/cut from my best performing hives. They are wanting Italian/Carnolian name but I don’t feel right telling them one or the other. I have bought both breeds and even some Russians and Bee Weaver queens but I haven’t made queens from anything that doesn’t survive till the next spring in my yard. I’m not looking to produce and sell 100’s of queens. I try to grow my own operation using daughters of the best hives and just want to sell the extra, I really don’t care what breed or color they are.
What if any backing do you give a mated queen? I haven’t had any issues but I also don’t mail them and put the freshly caged queen in their hands. Is it my problem if she turns into a drone layer a few weeks later? I usually pulled queens that had been laying for a few weeks to prevent this.
Want to try to mate and sell more queens next year depending on hive losses next spring. I finally got enough hives to start/support this in the scale I want I believe this year. Or at least about as many production colonies that I want to handle so I can turn nucs into resource hives instead of growing them out.