Re: Preserving good qualities of mean hive
MICHAEL AM I WRONG ABOUT THIS? I am always more concerned about the drones [which have all the genetics of the mother] infecting my apiary with overly aggressive genetics. At least with a replacement queen, you have the chance that the semen which fertilized the egg might be from gentler genetics. If I have an overly defensive/aggressive colony I try to always scrape of the burr drone comb. Then drop a frame of drone comb in and be sure never to let them mature. Whereas on my gentler colonies, I let the drones mature.
Originally Posted by Michael Bush
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