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  1. #1
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    Default Buckfast / Italian cross

    I'm reading comments online that Buckfast crossed with Italians get especially hot. Does that seem true still? Anyone with recent experience? Is it still a bee not recommended for beginners?
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    Default Re: Buckfast / Italian cross

    Buckfast crossed with Italians is not a problem from my supplier. Perhaps there is something else in the mix too.
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    Default Re: Buckfast / Italian cross

    I have no experience with Buckfast.

    But have read that they are a great bee, until they do a supersedure or swarm.
    Then they 'can' get hot. This is only what I have read HERE. Do a search and read.

    If you are wanting to raise you own queen they may be a questionable choice.
    Old Guy in Alabama

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    Default Re: Buckfast / Italian cross

    I started with Buckfasts and they were feisty little buggers. Subsequently, I bought out an oldtimer that had Italians. I never requeen and let the girls figure that out on their own. I have done splits and combines, so now I pretty much have Buckfast/Italian mutts. They are sweet as the honey they make; hardly need smoking during a good nectar flow. The only time they give me any trouble is during the dearth and should one become queenless.

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    Default Re: Buckfast / Italian cross

    I've currently got Italians, and they seem hot to me. When I read those comments about a Buckfast cross, that was of concern, since I've got Buckfast coming. I don't want anything that might increase the heat of these girls! I guess it's just a crapshoot, eh? I know these Italians have built up super strong from nothing, and I know that's a good sign. Im thinking "Yay bees!" So I can deal with their "heat" if it correlates to their strength and survivability. I would like to avoid hotter tho.

    Tia, how long ago did you buy yours?
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    Default Re: Buckfast / Italian cross

    I've got a package coming with an Italian queen mated (supposedly) with Buckfast, Carni, and Russian drones. Hope they're well disposed.

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