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  1. #1
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    Default Wet damp whether bee type?

    If you lived in a wet (70" of rain a year) place, what type of bee would you run in your hives? No snow just wet and cool in the winter.Think Pacific Northwest.
    Thanks Josh

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Wet damp whether bee type?

    I'd do Carniolans. I am partial to them and their performance, especially with our -30F degree winters, and I do think they would do well for you.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Wet damp whether bee type?

    Much rain there?

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Wet damp whether bee type?

    How about try these guys.

    http://www.wildernessbees.com

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    Default Re: Wet damp whether bee type?

    HEY LEVEL4 I live in the pacific northwest western side of washington lots of rain. I run carniolan or a carni cross with the local drones
    they do quite well they keep a smaller cluster through the winter and they eat less stores. and in the spring they build up real fast
    wilderness bees have some very good queens with vsh traits that do well in a very wet environment

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Wet damp whether bee type?

    Carniolan – Apis mellifera Carnica – good temper, calm on the combs, industry, orientation, hardiness, brood disease resistance, winter survival, thriftiness, minimal propolis, good on cold and wet days
    Swarming, premature spring build-up, reluctance to enter supers, poor comb building, suspend brood rearing in pause of honey flow
    Caucasian – Apis mellifera Caucasica – gentle, tongue-reach, stores food close to brood, stores on minimum comb, work cool and wet
    Brace comb, propolis, susceptible to disease, late build-up, drifting, robbing, wet cappings
    from http://americasbeekeeper.org/Honey_Bee_sub-species.htm
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Wet damp whether bee type?

    Thanks guys. Carniolans are poor at drawing comb? Much more so than most others?
    Thanks again, Level 4

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