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  1. #1
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    Default Kelley Russian Hybrids

    Regarding Walter Kelley Russian Hybrid queens, does anyone know what the "hybrid" part is? I mean, what is crossed with the russians to make these queens?

    I'm guessing their breeder queens are open mated & thus, the hybrid offspring production queens.

    I now see that Kelley sells a VSH/Minnesota Hygenic queen. Interesting.

    Robert in the hills of Tennessee

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    Default Re: Kelley Russian Hybrids

    They are production lines of Russian/Italians. The vsh are production lines of hygienic Italians...

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    Default Re: Kelley Russian Hybrids

    Good deal. This way, I can "ease into" the russians..... them being ~ 1/2 russians. They'll be 1/3 of my hives (2 of 6), so we'll see how they do.

    RTL

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    Default Re: Kelley Russian Hybrids

    Just suit up. They are "fussy" until about the sixth generation. Not bad bees though.

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    Default Re: Kelley Russian Hybrids

    Quote Originally Posted by n5odj View Post
    Good deal. This way, I can "ease into" the russians..... them being ~ 1/2 russians.
    them? ah 1/4 russian, maybe

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Kelley Russian Hybrids

    I talked with them yesterday and they told me they came from Hardeman Apiary.

    Tim

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    Default Re: Kelley Russian Hybrids

    I have used a lot of them and never had any problems. they are more fussy than italians but not overly aggressive.

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    Default Re: Kelley Russian Hybrids

    I have bought some Italian queens from Hardeman Apiary a few years back they were good bees and good producers. I still have some of the that stock in my bees.

    They are gentle, brood up quick in the spring, make plenty of honey and maintain large clusters in the winter just what I look for in a bee.

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