Steve, Yeah, they all made it so far. Been monitoring warm day entrance activity all winter. Hives are still heavy. Populations are ramping up. Will be checking for queen cells around this coming weekend, when it is forecast to hit the 70's.Colobee, Did you get a chance to see if you have any "live ones" during one of your Spring/Summer days?
Man I would be real careful importing from Canada. Canada imports from New Zealand and Australia.Warning: RANT/vent. Ignore at your pleasure!
I just tried to order some fresh Buckfast Queens from Ferguson's in Ontario. Bill said there were import/export issues coming from the US side and he wasn't sure yet if he would be able to send any queens to the US this year. The US side is pointing the finger back the other way. 'Seems they aren't letting queens across, and it has little if anything to do with the recent CV border restrictions.
Apparently the US side has reason to believe that the Canadians aren't being diligent enough at enforcing/controlling the import of banned country foreign queens into Canada. The US rep I spoke to said they were specifically concerned about queens from both Australia & South American, although there may be others.
In short: questionable/banned queens are apparently getting into Canada, and the US is concerned about the spread of both disease and AHB, across Canada, and then into the US.
The US rep informed me that it is unlikely the situation will be resolved this season. The Covid mess is unlikely to do anything but slow the bureaucracy.
Hmm if the US buckfast is junk , then there is a bussiness opportunity here.I'm a huge Buckfast fan. No Auzzy or NZ's. As I tried to say above, (US rep says) Auzzy imports into Canada are not OK, but happening anyway (same with So Americans).
I gave up on US Buckfast sources about 5 years ago, due to (very) probable AHB contamination (docile bees suddenly going insanely HOT) .
Having run both, IMO, Canadian Buckfast are superior to US Buckfast anyway. But then, I only have 40 years of Buckfast experience, so it may be anomalous, or I may be just plain wrong.