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  1. #1
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    What type of breed is calm and can fight varroa and also is a good producer of honey. I am new to this and am going to order 10 packages of bees next week. I have 6 hives but am not sure what breed they are. Thanks

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    Default Re: Breed

    You looking for a super bee?

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    From what I have read Russians are great with dealing with varroa. They tend to groom themselves more and remove the mites more often then most bees. Apparently an untreated russian hive is said to have the same amount of mites as an Itialian hive that has been treated for mites. A screened bottom board will help with mites as well due to the fact they fall through and aren't able to get back into the hive. I only know one individual who has raised Russians, he thought the temperament of the bees were a bit aggresive, but it was his first go at beekeeping so he really didn't have a lot to base that opinion on. There can be "mean" bees in any breed, and usually if they are out of hand, switching the queen can help a lot. Honey production is a topic I am not sure of with this breed.

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    There are many bee keepers in Utah you might ask advice from. As a new beekeeper, I would recommend going with Italians. Gentler bees will give you a much better beginning experience. They produce honey well and you can always treat for mites.

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    The best I have come accress is the VSH Italians. Very gentle, low mite counts, and mine averaged at 75 lb of honey per year.

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    I've had pollinator queen for 3 years. Have not treated once for mites. Last year I pulled 3 nucs from her and she still produced 150lbs of honey.

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    Default Re: Breed

    Quote Originally Posted by ginnboy View Post
    I've had pollinator queen for 3 years.
    What's a pollinator queen? I've never heard of them. I'd be interested to try some.

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    Default Re: Breed

    They are a breed sold by russel apiaries.

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    The breed of bees that you choose needs to suit your local conditions. I have Russians, Carnolians, Bee Weaver Bees from Texas, and good commercial bees from Vermont. I am still evaluating the Bee Weaver bees for their ability to thrive in my area without Mite treatments. The Russians in my experience are better able to cope with the mites than your every day bee but they still need some assistance. The Carniolians and the bees from Vermont require regular treatment for mites. Unless you are very lucky, you will not find a bee that requires no mite treatments in your area.

    If you are looking for calm bees I'd stay away from bees produced in Africanized areas.
    Last edited by Andrew Dewey; 01-30-2013 at 05:10 PM.
    Master Beekeeper (EAS) and Master Gardener (U Maine CE) www.beeberrywoods.com

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