What happens when a big fat queen bee lays like crazy, to the point of burning herself out? Can she be rebred? Are queens select bred to lay lots of eggs...and beef up the numbers for the almond pollination? Doesn't that shorten the life expectancy of the queen?...thus knocking the colony out cold when up in the northern climates we can't and/or have trouble requeening late in the year? Doesn't that mean we have to buy nucs and package bees year after year because of the bred-to-lay-lots genetics that queens are selected for? I can think of alot of vehicles, machines, tools, etc that are meant to be bought new every year. Whether or not make it cheap sell it for as much as you can applies to queen bees, and packages...I won't say for certain...But it's time that people start telling the truth and looking at the facts, rather than saying open the wallet every year and buy more queens, buy more bees. Some of you guys know exactly what the end result of breeding queens to lay alot does...Whether it's intentional or not, is speculative. Sooner or later, the weather will catch up to the california crowd...to the point of them not being able to requeen their own stock fast enough, even if the weather is warm enough to breed queens. Pushing bees to beyond what they're able to do, will just ruin bees. However wise the intentions are to make a bigger stronger better laying queen.... The bees need to be able to be given a rest to catch up. Pushing any livestock too far is bad....We're seeing it all across the country anymore. Farm fields being planted to the point of depriving the soil of nutrients. Burn out bees.