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  1. #1
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    Default Do Bee Weaver bees winter well

    I was very interested in Bee Weaver queens until I learned that they had a measure of AHB genetics. It is my understanding and experience that this does not lead to bees that winter well. Could I hear from some people with cold country experience with Bee Weaver queens? I am not trying to slander them, just trying to see people have found. PM me if uncomfortable putting your response on the forum please.

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    Default Re: Do Bee Weaver bees winter well

    They put up quiet a bit of honey from my expirence. And appear to be taking central PA winters quiet well. We have what I would say is an average NE winter....cold....snow...rain...wind....
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    Default Re: Do Bee Weaver bees winter well

    I started with a Weaver 3lb package, they put up a full super of honey there first year and they wintered very well.The only reason I stopped using there queens was replacement cost was getting pretty high.Five years ago a shipped gueen was $56.00.

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    Default Re: Do Bee Weaver bees winter well

    I had Weaver Buckfasts from the early 70s to about 2001. They were Weaver's at first then B. Weaver's. They always wintered fine in my experience. I figured it was the Buckfast genes. Weaver always gave great service as well. That's not why I quit using them... but maybe they have improved in temperament since the last time I had some...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Do Bee Weaver bees winter well

    I ordered two buckfast queens from R weaver not the same company as bee weaver but I think they started out as one. They where really nice people to work with and kept me up to date even though I had such a small order. They built up very fast and draw really beautiful white comb much like the AMM black bee. They are a bit testy as Michael has said and it could be from the fact that there are ahb in the area they come from or just the plain fact that they are a hybrid not a race of bee. Offspring of any hive can sometimes lose the original qualities of the original race when open bred to managed and feral drones. I don't like mean bees and don't typically keep those queens around long but I have a few that produce too much to rid of and I have noticed that they can survive winter really well. I don't know if it's just that they are too mean and ornery to die or if they just deal with disease and pests better.
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    Default Re: Do Bee Weaver bees winter well

    I bought some queens from them last year just to try them out and so far i'm pleased with them. We don't have too much of a winter in Louisiana so i cant say how good they will winter up north but they are keeping up with my other hives down here. I was kind off skeptical to try them out after reading some post about how they were on the aggressive side but i don't have a problem with the ones i got. I normally work all my hives in shorts and a tee shirt and the bee weaver bees never gave me a problem.

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    Default Re: Do Bee Weaver bees winter well

    There are some that don't want any queens from the south because they aren't supposed to winter well up north, I think they should read this thread
    Quote Originally Posted by SamG347 View Post
    They put up quiet a bit of honey from my expirence. And appear to be taking central PA winters quiet well. We have what I would say is an average NE winter....cold....snow...rain...wind....

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    Default Re: Do Bee Weaver bees winter well

    I don't know how closely the Weaver bees resemble the Buckfasts at this point, but Buckfasts were BRED to be good northern bees by Brother Adam. I think that's why they did well. He was looking for specific traits that made them good at wintering. On the other hand, most southern bees I get do NOT winter well here in the north, and my guess is they have NOT been selected for wintering in the north.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Do Bee Weaver bees winter well

    I've been using bweaver queens for two years now and they survive quite well here in Southern california, it can be dry, or wet......but mostly dry, they have a good deal of tolerance to varroa mite, But I wouldn't call it resistance because they can still be overwhelmed by mites specially if you have 1 bad hive(Mite load too high)on a pallet, it will just get the other 3 if no action is done to stop the spread..... then you got drifters and robbers during dearths...I did have a few problems with wintering them in North side hills/shady and cool...those didn't do well compared to those out in winter sun, my carniolans did well in those shady spots but did poorly in winter sun yards.

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