what a silly question. Here's why I ask it:
I rec'd a hive of russians year dna a half ago, and they have been going like gangbusters since. They are unstoppable. They also pull hair, bite, chase you, come to look for you at your house, and wait by teh door, snickering. And they are my best honey producers. They produce incredible amounts of brood. Russians are said to be somewhat verroa resistant, I assume because of their tendancy to bite, they probably also bite mite bodies. This hive had reached 2 deeps full of brood, and had attained a critical mass that they decided to kill me and eat me. Well, I'm not so sure about that, but maybe.
So, today, because I have 2 kids and one on the way, I went into this crazy hive and tore it down till I found the queen. She looked like something from teh movie "Alien." She was hideously beutiful, and large. Her coloration was caramel and black, and she moved with a purpose, moreso than other queens. I placed her in a nuc with frames of nectar/pollen, brood comb and with a few workers. I want to give her austere and difficult conditions to see if she can bounce back. I took the frames of eggs and shook the nurse bees back into the hive, then placed them with other weak nucs that have queens. I placed the frames of capped brood with nucs that have queen cells.
I like having the russians around for drone paternal genetics. And it seems also they can be used for donor frames of brood.
But tell me, is this typical of all russian hives? Or do I just have a good queen?