I am and I said so few times.Another update on my Darwinian adventure.
Please let me know if anyone else is going the Darwinian route and what your experiences are. Thanks
Since you took the time to describe your location setup, I will describe mine a little.
Currently I have 7 locations, roughly placed along a driving route (some places I drive up to the very hives; the other places this is 300-400 feet walk, carrying the stuff - not much fun, but the sites are worth keeping strategically; I got stuck and yanked by a tractor another day - not too fun).
6 sites are currently active; 1 site is only a trap (I need a swarm captured to get this site going).
I intend to keep each yard population to a maximum of 3-4 units (if more, I will move extra units elsewhere).
If I have all my sites full, that will amount to about 20 units - my max # as anything above is not reasonable for me to manage.
Each one of the sites is simultaneously a trapping location too.
That makes it seven (7) swarm trapping locations.
Imagine a rectangle, 5 miles by 2 miles, the long side oriented North to South - that would be my beekeeping route.
Yes - it is a hassle to get to all the hives at once (have to be strategic with your time and effort).
Yes - it helps to stay out of the bees (some units I don't open 3-4 weeks in a row) - oh well and maybe for the better (set it and forget it).
But even my backyard resource unit I only open a couple times a month.
Granted I am not around daily and weekly even, I have to be proactive and efficient with my visits (and am doing pretty well on that).
I have the "Northern" cluster (4 sites) and the "Sourthern" cluster (3 sites).
The yards within each cluster are close enough to be within a mating range.
But the "northerners" and "southerners" are rather sufficiently separated to consider them not-mating.
Of course, there are other bees are around outside of my control (but no large commercials exist).
Currently my southerners are the dump-grounds/testing-grounds for the captured swarms with the focus on honey crop (for this year).
The northerners are largely a project on pseudo-feral population creation and my TF lines' propagation and cross-mating.
The northerners also overlap with a TF beek that we try to collaborate and maintain a common TF drone flying sector.
Why all of these?
Because this is how initially my bee-yards turned out (original owners who let me in just happened to be that way).
Then later the ideas described above came to mind.
With the ideas in the head, I seeked out and got me more strategic locations so to fit the existing program.
Will see how the season goes!
I feel I again will have more bees that I can manage (and less honey that I may want).