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  1. #1
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    Default Any comments on Bob Brachmann's Russians?

    I may try to get a couple of Brachmann's queens this summer...

    Would anyone care to share their experiences?

    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Any comments on Bob Brachmann's Russians?

    I have never had any of Bob's queens, but he is a good beekeeper w/ experience producing queens. Were I in the market for Russians, I would buy them from Bob. I hold him in high regard as a person and as a beekeeper.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Any comments on Bob Brachmann's Russians?

    I bought 7 queens from Bob last July to requeen with. they were shipped USPS. After 5 days they still didn't show so Bob sent another shipment. They both arrived on the 8th day of the first shipment date. Six of the first shipment were alive and well. Me and a friend used all 13. All 7 of the first shipment took and were laying after 3 days. 5 of the 6 that were at the PO for a week took and were laying within 3 days. The 1 that didn't make it was my fault. Bob would only let me pay him for the 2nd shipment saying that I had to make a bunch of splits and do work I hadn't planned on. One Queen laid too many drone eggs and I had to replace her from Ray Revis in NC because Bob didn't have any Queens availible. All the rest were great. I would with the highest level recommend either. Bob is probably easier to contact.
    Hope this helps
    So much to learn, so little time!!

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    Default Re: Any comments on Bob Brachmann's Russians?

    I split that shipment with valleyman mine have done very well also no problems.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Any comments on Bob Brachmann's Russians?

    So far Bob's queens are among the best I ever bought.
    If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live. - Lin Yutang

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    Default Re: Any comments on Bob Brachmann's Russians?

    I bought 5 from him in August 2010.
    Good to excellent performance from all of them.
    Good person to do business with.
    "Can't never did do nothin'" Grandma Heltsley

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    Default Re: Any comments on Bob Brachmann's Russians?

    I got one queen from Bob last year and it did well, so I am gong in with a bee-buddy to get six deep nucs for this spring.

    He is a straight shooter and and honest person to deal with.

    Take care,
    Mike

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    Default Re: Any comments on Bob Brachmann's Russians?

    Ditto, ditto, ditto, and everything everyone above has said. Bob Brachmann's Russians are the first and only Russians I have ever had to make honey for me. Gentle as lambs, too. Bob's is the best (but shhhhh don't let the secret out, or else he'll be run over by every beekeeper from the east to the west looking for quality queens). Bob is as honest and earnest a Yankee beekeeper can be.
    "...the most populous colonies ...are provided by queens ...in the year following their birth." Brother Adam

  9. #9
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    Default Re: Any comments on Bob Brachmann's Russians?

    A note on Bob's website:

    "Unfortunately, Bob was involved in a car accident and can't walk for a while. Raising queens is out of the question. We are sorry for any inconvenience."

    I'm not sure when that was posted, or what his condition now is... But certainly something to inquire about.

    Adam

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