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  1. #21
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    >>These hygenic queens are advertised to have ability to clean up AFB.

    Keep in mind that the queens YOU get may not be hygienic.The queen raisers are selecting breeding stock that IS hygienic,but all commercially sold production queens are open mated.The breeder hopes the queens mate with his selected drones,but some are going to mate with drones of unknown origin.Even though not 100%,the breeders who are doing this should be supported(buy their queens)because if they quit no one else will do the work.It is a work in progress.The more of these queens one buys the better the percentage that will show hygienic traits.

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    >>Do you folks keep the same strain in your yards or have you put more then one strain in the same yard.
    Mine are all mixed together.They start out being segregated(all the splits with the same type queen),but by the time they are moved around and sorted for pollination,they get pretty much jumbled.Each hive has a code on the back telling the year and origin of the queen.But I will say this :If there is a really good honeyflow,any strain worth a d***,dark or light,will be out busting their tails to bring it in.


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