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  1. #1
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    Default Queen breeders

    I'm already thinking ahead to next year and was wondering if anybody had any recommendations for good sources of Carniolan queens and Russian queens?

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    Default Re: Queen breeders

    Olivarez Honey Bees in CA has some good Carnies. But If I were you, I'd try to get some local queens.

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    Default Re: Queen breeders

    I just re-queened 5 colonies with Olivarez a month ago, all 5 are doing quit well.
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    Default Re: Queen breeders

    When I bought queens, I thought Pat Heitkam's hygienic carniolans were excellent. Very good at cleaning up chalkbrood.

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    Default Re: Queen breeders

    Pat's carni's kick ass. Great honey production, build up and over-wintering.

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    Default Re: Queen breeders

    I've had great looking carnies from Lohmans, love em

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    Default Re: Queen breeders

    Velbert Williams on here has some good queens. He sells Russians.
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    Default Re: Queen breeders

    .Get up with canoemaker he raises the same strain of bees your interested in. He is a member of my bee club in Southwest Virginia stand up guy. Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: Queen breeders

    You have one of the best supplier of queens very close to you. Kelleys carries Shamrock carni queens. The Kelley hygenic has mostly carni lineages, from what I've heard. I have both and will probably will not change lineages, because I have tried several differient genetics thru the years and so far I think that they are the very best genetics for our area. I love them, and am now enjoying beekeeping again. Oh, and yes I've had Russians and from my experience there is no such thing as a good Russian.
    So much to learn, so little time!!

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