After reading posts about the "problems" with russian bees I'm wondering if the way they are managed needs to be adjusted?
I read about their VSH behavior and how frugal they are and how winter hardy they. I also read about how they can plug a hive with stores, don't build up fast enough and then tend to swarm.
I have also read how they are the gentlest bees in the beeyard and how testy they can.
I'm wondering if trying to manage russians like italians is like trying to pound a square peg into a round hole?
Do russians need more room in the spring/during flows? Do practices like reversing and checkerboarding help reduce swarming? Do you need to put more supers on with russians? Do russians require less feeding?
Are there other management practices that take advantage of the positive traits of russians while reducing the negative traits?