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    Re: sourwood river crossing

    Yes, I live in the mountain country, and sure appreciate the mountains. That picture you posted is very reminiscent of the view from my grandparents' place I used to visit, and brings back very fond...
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    Re: Russians around UT?

    I just want to thank everyone who has tried to help me - whether their experience be positive or negative. I would like to state from my observations that most of the negative experience with hot...
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    Re: Russians around UT?

    http://youtu.be/GcCBxwchlDY
    I don't know how to reconcile the various reports about Russian bees. The above says they are mild mannered, and shows them being mild mannered.

    Prior posters on this...
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    Re: Russians around UT?

    LOL, yea maybe. Harvest Lane told me the same thing but also said right now that he has a hot hive of Italians - I say let the Italians and the Russians go to war! I'll bet on the Rushuns. Don't...
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    Re: sourwood river crossing

    Growing up, I visited Franklin/Bryson City regularly. I sure miss it - and the sourwood honey!!
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    Re: Russians around UT?

    Well, I'm not bent on pure Russians, just bees that have good traits. I don't aim to be a breeder with artificial everything. I guess I am just wondering the best way to get into Russians.
    Did you...
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    Re: Russians around UT?

    Well, being that there are probably very few "pure" Russians other than on the USDA's island site you are probably right!
    I already was looking at Revis for the queening back up plan, but my window...
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    Re: Russians around UT?

    Well, for anyone interested Harvest Lane says he imports his Russians from Ca.
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    Re: Russians around UT?

    Thanks for everyone's input so far.
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    Re: Russians around UT?

    Yeah, not going to get a Russian nuc this yr! At least unless I'm willing to drive 1000 mi. Just looking for sources.
    I'm not expecting a magic bullet but Russians seem to have the characteristics I...
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    Re: Russians around UT?

    One of the benefits of Russians is that Queen replacement is basically a non-issue since they always keep a few in the kettle. If you are having to replace lost queens, you probably aren't very pure...
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    Re: Russians around UT?

    Hi, yep thanks - Salem. That's the plan so you'll probably see me soon :) I am just going to start out small and learn Russians. I'll grow my hives locally and introduce fresh stock each year. I...
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    Re: Russians around UT?

    I'll still end up eventually hybrid. I know initially I'll be pure. All my research shows eventually I'll be hybrid a lot faster if I just queen a local brood. Am I wrong? Plus getting a local brood...
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    Russians around UT?

    Admittedly newbie here, but I can buy all kinds of bee supplies from a local fellow who retired from beekeeping.
    He basically quit after losing about 1/2 his bees and getting health complications....
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    Re: 37 million bees dead

    Oh, it is proven that it kills bees, but the question is whether it causes CCD.
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