« Last post by chux on July 27, 2015, 08:16:57 PM »
You would have enough time to build them up, if you fed. Especially if you could get your hands on a super of honey to put on top this fall.
Reading these prices for a queen, I scratch my head a bit. Is the Buckfast that much superior to a local "mutt" bee with genetics that have been surviving in your area for generation? Wouldn't you need to purchase a new Buckfast queen every couple of years to make sure you kept a pure strain, after investing so much? I'd rather get a queen from a local feral swarm, or a cutout in an old barn or shed. Or find a local beek who has been running the same line for years, and get a queen from them. But to each his/her own. I guess it would be cool to run a Buckfast line, knowing a little bit of the history. We all spend our money on what we like. Give it a go, and report how well they do compared to other local hives. I'd like to hear how well they perform, to see if they are worth the investment. There is time right now.