I have two week hives (cordovan) and would like to try something new with them. The rest of my hives are all All-Stars from B Weaver. They have done very well. BUT before I just order some more All-Stars, I thought I would seek suggestions. Any thoughts or suggestions what variety and where to purchase? My priority order is: temperment, production, mite resistance. Our winters down here in Texas are not really an issue.
I would go with the Russian Queen. They cost a little more but they seem to be good. You can get them pretty cheap if you do your homework....but since I did call around all day the other day for prices, here is what I have found.
1 russian= 8.75 at 912 583 2710
i know there are other places, but I do not have the numbers in front of me. Try calling that place listed above.
hope this helps..
I think the All Americans are about as adapted to Texas as you will ever find. The Weavers have been rasing them there, I think for more than a century but certainly for decades.
If you want a Russian, the quality of them varies greatly as do their characteristics. I don't think I'd go by just price.
As stated, sometimes more adapted bees perform much better than others. Price is nice, but I would be much happier with results.
Bweaver all stars are good in Texas. bweaver is the only breeder I know of that is advertising no chemical mite treatments for 3 years. They are relatively gentle, excellent producers. They cost twice as much as most queens. I do not know if rweaver all americans are using the same selection criteria as bweaver. I have not had any luck getting in contact with Richard Weaver.
I have not tried Russians. I understand that not only are the traits variable, but they are a challenge to introduce to non Russian stock, they tend to swarm more than Italians,and first crosses tend to loose much of their resistance and be defensive. But if you get good stock that you don't have to treat....wowzers.