Can you test for africanization
I'm still a very new beekeeper, but here in Florida the AHB is a big problem. I know when we registered with the state we had the option of participating in their "best practices" program which included our bee inspector sending off a sample of our bees to determine the percentage of africanization. If they come back with anything greater than 10% AHB then they recommend that we requeen with a marked queen from a registered breeder. I also know that if the hive was mostly AHB then we would be instructed to kill the hive.
I suggest that if your bees don't settle down that you call your local bee inspector since I know you folks in Texas have problems with AHB like we do here. Actually, one of the members in my beekeepers assoc had the same problem...he called the bee inspector and he said that a new queen prob took over and mated with AHB drone....just suggested requeening with marked one from breeder...and his hive has been just fine since. Good luck!
Last edited by DebCP; 05-05-2009 at 06:40 AM.
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