Summer of 2014, with experimentation and research online, we’ve changed our thinking about foundation a little. We want to use the middle bar frame to promote foundationless frames instead of plastic or wax foundation. We think it’s more sustainable, less expensive, and will decrease some disease transmission.
Stan has been raising queen bees this fall. He mated them with feral drones in Southern Utah. We hope this survivor stock will add genetics for verroa- and drought-resistance. He will raise daughters from these queens to sell, hopefully next year. He wants to cross the daughters with some of his best honey-producing colonies which winter well in Utah. We will probably need to test the queens for hygienic behavior next spring, but the testing won’t be until they are brooding up next year. If all goes well, we will have some local queens to sell late spring/early summer.