Has anyone ever tried to simply order 3 pound packages without the generic Italian queen (no offense to Italian bees). The packages we get here only come in one variety and I've been finding that my Carniolans and Russians are inherently wiser with their winter populations/honey reserves than the Italians. I plan on doing splits and making my own nucs this season from the Russian and Carnies I have, but I also wouldn't mind bumping up my total number of colonies significantly and it seems that I am limited to the number of splits I can successfully make increases with. It would seem wasteful to order Italian packages and just kill the queens and add Russian or Carniolan Queens in their place. Any advice on this subject?