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  1. #1
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    Smile italian queens vs russian hybrid queens..?

    I just went out today and checked on my 5 garden bee hives... Ohhhh... I have 4 dead hives and 1 still alive.. I put fondue on that I got from Bushy Mountain Bee Farm.. now wondering what kind of bees to get to replace my lost hives.. I had just moved north from a warmer area of the state...and for gardening here..they are a month behind from where I came from. It is definately colder here. I am looking into russian hybrid bees..and yet I enjoy working the 3 ring Italian honey bee. Is there anyone that could recommend what might work? I even thought of purchasing 3 or 4 italian bee packages and also 2 or 3 russian packages and then let them requeen themselves? - giving me a cross breed? or do I just requeen with russian queens?...then a friend of mine suggested trying another breed.... I AM OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS... I live near Wilkes-Barre PA ...

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    Default Re: italian queens vs russian hybrid queens..?

    Any of the races of bees available can be successfully overwintered if provisioned properly and in good health. Choosing a few different races might be interesting or you could continue with Italians if that is what you like.

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    Default Re: italian queens vs russian hybrid queens..?

    I would contact RON, who is a commercial beekeer in Pa,,//

    his email is \
    rapapa@ptd.net

    he may have packages or nucs avail

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    Default Re: italian queens vs russian hybrid queens..?

    If you have drawn comb I would get a couple of Italian packages... They seem to be excellent honey producers.

    I would then requeen in the Summer with a more resistant or local queen.
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

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    Default Re: italian queens vs russian hybrid queens..?

    if you want a hardy queen i am going to raise a bunch this year around 300 queens or more. give me a call (315)399-2146

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    Default Re: italian queens vs russian hybrid queens..?

    Quote Originally Posted by JD's Bees View Post
    Any of the races of bees available can be successfully overwintered if provisioned properly and in good health. Choosing a few different races might be interesting or you could continue with Italians if that is what you like.
    Very good answer,

    It is definitely neat to try a few different races. Keep in mind, in a relatively short time, your hives will be locals anyways. Speaking of local bees, I find our local bees nice to work with.

    Shane

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