I have several friends and acquaintances who are putting one or two hives in their back yards in a suburban/urban area.
They keep asking me where to get gentle bees.
I have told them it is the queen that will be the prime determination of how gentle the bees will be in a hive and if they get bees that are not gentle enough we can re-queen their hive later.
My question for all of you is, based on your own experiences, who are some of the queen suppliers who consistently provide the most gentle queens?
And, are there other factors that you have seen that cause bees to become more gentle or more mean?