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I have two locations that are surrounded by feral bees. How many hives would I need at each location to have a reasonable chance of my virgin queens mating with my drones?
 

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I realize there are no definite numbers for absolute assurance. Just looking for ballpark numbers like 20, 200, 2000 colonies?
 

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I would be hoping the feral drones would be the ones I get... they've taken their losses.
I am surrounded by 100s of square miles of Sonoran Desert, the main problem is AHB. They can be pretty testy, they will try to strip the paint of my truck...:lpf:
 

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Can the forage support flooding the area with your apiaries? If it were possible, that's what I would do. and mate the queen in the center apiary.
That was my kinda my idea. There is a surprising amount of forage available.

Would swarm traps help eliminate some of the african swarms?
I don't know. Your question just made me realize I need to find some data on average feral hives per square mile in my area if it even exists. Alternately, I guess I just experiment blindly, or continue buying queens...
 
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