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    Dats alot of hay Harry!!! You could feed a herd of cattle with that!

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    "Swarming and an emergency cells are two different functions,but I think the making of a queen cell for whatever reason has been altered in the bees genes. A swarming hive is a vigorous hive ,when you start taking out vigor you start altering your future bees, and the instincts which have kept bees alive for ever,in my opinion."

    I guess that would depend on what variety of bee your talking about. I know that swarming hasn't been bred out of the Russian's, and NWC's still seem to swarm fairly often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peggjam View Post
    I know that swarming hasn't been bred out of the Russian's, and NWC's .....
    Yeah, where are these bees that don't swarm? I wanna get some of them. Our Italians swarm for no good reason other than it's spring. And yes, we have noticed a larger percentage of colonies that fail to requeen themselves after swarming. Also a larger percentage of caught swarms that go queenless after hiving.
    Sheri

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    Sheri,

    I noticed the same this Spring (and I had a lot of swarms) about hives not requeening themselves after swarming.
    Gregg Stewart

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    The chemical used by some beeks cause drones to be infertil. That may include queen producers. Maybe Hawaian producers with no varroa have a better drone pool. Personally, I gave up the year I got 100 bad queens. They all superseded in 15 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjgbee View Post
    The chemical used by some beeks cause drones to be infertil. That may include queen producers. Maybe Hawaian producers with no varroa have a better drone pool. Personally, I gave up the year I got 100 bad queens. They all superseded in 15 days.
    If you recieved 100 bad queens, something happened in shipping.
    It is always possible to get a few bad queens in a box, but the entire lot?
    It happens. Shipping is to blame.
    I know of a breeder that sends out a battery box with a data logger inside occasionally to his customers. The customer just sends it back and then the data is analysed.
    Once in a while, the temperature extremes are quite shocking.
    Anyway, the queens that I have got in march from KONA have been excellent over the last few years. Gus really made the difference.
    I have exactly ONE hive more than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond question.

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