We are expecting snow this weekend, but I’m gearing up for next year. Cleaning up old frames and equipment and re waxing. Not a fun job.
I’m about to move onto the queen boxes. Only did a few queens last year (intentionally), but gearing up for next year. I’m really excited to see the Saskatraz queens (google them if you have never hear of them) when the weather breaks and see how they handled the winter. When I’ve been able to look in so far, they have reasonable sized clusters and lots of honey left. So far, so good.
The feedback via package orders has also said others are interested in the Saskatraz queens. There have been a few people that have decided to skip the March packages and wait for the April packages with those queens. Selecting the breeders will be really important to get right.
I’m going to need a few more queen boxes. I can’t decide if I should build more mini nucs, or divide up medium boxes into thirds. There are positives and negatives to each.
If anyone has opinions on the most important traits to look for in the breeders, please comment below!