I run Italians here because they are the easiest to get. They are hungry “girls” too n often don’t decline until later thus the big wads of dead bees …
I’ve got three Nucs ordered … these will replace my losses from yellow jacket kills this last Autumn …
I was hoping gain one hive this coming season but it will be status quo only. Maybe I’ll get a swarm or gain by a split … Time will tell.
Now as for the Queens. Not sure it’s worth it in my region. To many muts for the hives to mix with around here. Not convinced the new Hybrid do that much more for the $$’s. Now for the Saskatoon Queens … no opinion yet. Don’t know enough about those … not sure we have a source over here to try them. I had to replace couple Queens this last summer n was not impressed with the replacements ! Going to look for a different supplier for sure.
Weather (winter) seems to be breaking early here by almost a month … Getting snow fall in our Csscade Mtns but staying just cool, wet n cloudy here in Puget Sound … not like your east Coast deep freeze. We have Witch Hazel blooming n bulbs sprouting up thru the leaves in the soil.
Yaaah ! Hope you friends check in your bees turns out okay. I’ve just found out I have prostrate cancer n will have to do either surgery or radiation soon. No panic. I have several beekeeper friends that said they’ll cover my butt if I need help.
Got to hit the sack now. Storm coming in my morning ( rain ️ n strong wind ) … my hives are all secure n okay. Check them this afternoon between pre- waves of …
Cheers n chat again soon,