For replacing those that become drone layers and getting a head start on deadouts making splits from those that will swarm during the bloom anyways(they are 1 1/2 story which are fed syrup and patties almost constantly till bloom). I would make them later in CA but don't want to risk the queens getting rejected during the ride back to WI in mid-late march. I want them in the hive for 4 wks before shipping back. The bees go directly into the orchard in Nov.( which is another thread for fungicide issues while they are there) and come directly here(WI) as soon as bloom is over....how come you need them so early?
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On waiting list for BIQ and Kona. Waiting for call back from Hawaiin Queens. That's why I am asking about Australian queens. I've heard alot more neg. reports on them than good but is there any GOOD Australian queen's and who are they from?
Yeah, and don't listen to Dr. Smith.WARNING WILL ROBINSON...DON'T USE AUSTRAILIAN QUEENS.
depends on what you mean by market driven. The almond growers and some large beeks want them for almonds, available and keeps prices down. One of the reasons that some beeks are closely involved with the imports, is they feel they need more diversified DNA, and this is one way they get it into the country for better or worse? Thants why purvis and the weavers were in australia helping with the breeding, do you think they could have cured chalk brood in a year without bringing in other queens from some other country. They answer that its safe because of the way Australia quaranteens? the queens or droan seamen.But aren't the Australian bee imports market driven?