Do package bee vendors attempt to include younger fresher bees in their packages?
The reason I ask is because it makes sense that with such a short life cycle many of the original package bees would die off before the queens brood starts to hatch. So there should actually be ( I think) a serious drop in population after installing the package before the new brood catch up. Yes/no?
If younger fresher bees are used, they might last a bit longer.
It couldn't make the least bit of difference. I'm just curious.