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ok, back on something of more value to me.

Anyone know the distance that a queen flies during her multiple mating flight?

Just trying to work out if I can isolate a few hives from 3rd party hives for a few years.

Cheers :cheers2:

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She won't fly to far if someone sprays her with neuro-toxins!

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She won't fly to far if someone sprays her with neuro-toxins!

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useful, thanks

I just said on the other discussion I didn’t want to continue that topic and was taking myself out of it, and yet you follow me around?

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The problem is not so much how far the Queen will fly on her mating flights,but the distance drones cover,can be ten miles or more,so you need a very isolated place,or an island,like they use in Germany and other countrys.
 

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As far as I can remember Ruttner says 8km in "Breeding techniques and selection for breeding the honeybee". However this was in conjunction with flooding the mating apiary with desirable drones.
 

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The problem is not so much how far the Queen will fly on her mating flights,but the distance drones cover,can be ten miles or more,so you need a very isolated place,or an island,like they use in Germany and other countrys.
Yep, I did think a little on that one, there are locations locally that I can get a 4-5 mile clear radius but not much more - 10 miles! do drones just wonder around on the off chance of finding a hive? lol

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If they are any thing like us males they will travel if there is a good chance lol :cheers2:
 

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They do go into any hive they please,but tend to go to drone congregation area's when flying in nice weather,the virgins find these.
 

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As far as I can remember Ruttner says 8km in "Breeding techniques and selection for breeding the honeybee". However this was in conjunction with flooding the mating apiary with desirable drones.
I would think the odds become pretty good even if your are 2-3 miles clear, why would a queen fly futher if there are plenty of drones locally? maybe its just not that simple.
 

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They do go into any hive they please,but tend to go to drone congregation area's when flying in nice weather,the virgins find these.
Thanks, I guess all breading attempts have this problem then, just a case of reducing the percentages.
 
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