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    Default Zia Queen Bees

    Pretty much the same as my last post....I'm going to requeen some swarms later this year. I've heard a little about Zia's queens. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with them or your thoughts on them. As producers, wintering capabilities and gentleness.

    Thanks,
    Greg
    Farmington, NM

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    I run only a few hives, but I ordered one of Zia's Super Yooper queens last year. I really liked the queen. The bees were VERY gentle and built up very well. My hive was started VERY late for this area (3 July) from a split that I queened with the Zia queen. They built up and almost filled two deep boxes with honey in prep for winter (maybe 1-2 frames short/box). I thought that was pretty good for what was essentially only half a summer.

    Unfortunately, they didn't make it through the winter. They did make it to February though (ugh!). I am convinced that I killed them by not ventilating the hive sufficiently. When I found them, they were a soggy mess on the bottom board.

    I was sufficiently impressed, that I have ordered three more queens from Melanie to requeen my Italian packages with this July.

    Mike

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    What is a "Zia" queen??????/

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    Here, SD.


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    Thumbs Up Loved their queens, loved their service

    great communicators -- highly recommended!

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    Default Queens

    danno1800 and NDnewbeek - Did you guys get the Rocky Mountain Reinas (from The Southwest Survivor Queenbee Project) or Great Lakes Sooper Yooper Queenbees?

    Thanks,
    Greg

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    Great question, Greg

    I got two of both -- still evaluating the difference. -Danno

    Quote Originally Posted by bhfury View Post
    danno1800 and NDnewbeek - Did you guys get the Rocky Mountain Reinas (from The Southwest Survivor Queenbee Project) or Great Lakes Sooper Yooper Queenbees?

    Thanks,
    Greg

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    Danno -

    Thanks for the reply....Keep us up to date on how they respond.

    Thanks,
    Greg

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    Default Re: Zia Queen Bees

    Greg,
    Sorry for not getting back faster - I was out of town for work. I got the Sooper Yooper queen. I was very happy. I have three more coming next week.

    Mike

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    Default Re: Zia Queen Bees

    I have gotten a couple queens from them - they are nice queens (and people). I like having a local queen producer to use. The queens I got were Carniolan mutts ("Rocky Mountain Reina"). Apparently, they raise some that are a more Italian lineage and some that are more Carniolan.

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    Default Re: Zia Queen Bees

    Hey Ardilla,

    What color of bees are the Rocky Mountain Reinas? Are they black/dark like the Carnies or lighter like a Italian?

    Thanks,
    Greg

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