Re: Back to square 1
Hi Rusty it sounds like this has become rather of an issue for you and causing a bit of stress.
Basically, as a guy with just a few hives, you don't need to give this too much thought. Russians, although mite resistant, can have other issues and should be regarded as something of a breed apart. There are differences between everything else, but not so marked as just about everything you get will be hybridised to a greater or lesser degree.
Very difficult / impossible to get a true purebred. For you, just go with bees you like, whatever they might be called. You'll be looking for gentleness and productivity. Keep it simple.
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