Re: Resistant bees, productive or not
Ted, my best producing hive last year was a B. Weaver strain, and it produced 60 pounds of surplus. It had swarmed, and wasn't a very good season. My total production from 16 colonies was only 500 pounds. I've been expanding colony numbers, and not as concerned as I should be for honey production. Weavers say their bee is a good producer. I certainly hope to find out this year.
Sounds like we're talking about the Holy Grail of beekeeping: A bee not needing any kind of treatment for mites, vast honey production, and (shall we throw in) gentle enough to be worked in a t-shirt (veil optional)?
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