About 40 Colonies
Can you spot the queen here?
Yeah, I know. Beggers can't be choosers I guess. The package supplier (a middle man for C F Koehnen in this case) said that because of a failure of some sort in their truck, packages containing Italian queens were hit very hard and that most of their customers looking for Italians would have to settle for Carniolans. Which is what I wanted and what I ordered to begin with... That queen was "no good" and was rejected, or chilled, or some combination of dead. The replacement queen is the one pictured and she looks very similar to the first. I remember looking at both of them thinking, "Carniolan's must have a wide range of colors."
I've considered that (either Palmer or Bush queens), but justifying putting more money into them seems a bit goofy at this point. We were planning one package and then trying to bait swarms. Of course like most things, when word gets out people are interested. The landowner at one of the places we hunt wants more honey bees around. He and his wife we planning on buying some bees and "throwing them in the woods". While that may be a perfectly valid way of trying to get more bees, I told him that's a lot like throwing a $100 bill into a crowd and hoping it blows back to you. He wants us to keep a hive at his place so since I'm driving 3.5 hours I figured we might as well buy another package and get two hives going at my brothers and one at the land owners. If we catch swarms, I guess we'll have to figure out what to do at that point.Possibly. However if you are looking for a good Carni to overwinter with, etc, you can always contact M Palmer. He raises queens and sells them all season long from about End of may i believe. You can always requeen and have her genetics in the hive within 60 days. May be an option if you really do want Carni blood lines.