Re: certified bees
wengeasley, there is no reason to be concerned about Africanized bees in your area, they haven't made it that far north. The certification insures that you're not buying diseased hives. If you know what to look for as far as diseases are concerned then the bees from the guy catching swarms should be fine. It's sort of like the difference between a registered dog and one that isn't. Just because the bees aren't "pedigreed", it doesn't mean they aren't any good. Some of my best producing hives are from swarms and cutouts. Although I might add we have a guy in our area that catches swarms then sells those swarms in nucs, by doing this he can't really tell you whether they are hygienic or if they are from good honey producing stock. Personally I would try a nuc from him but that is just my opinion. You at least know that the bees he has did well enough to produce a swarm. Also if your laws are the same as KY to sell bees you are required to be inspected.
Last edited by Sharpbees; 07-14-2013 at 08:33 PM.
"Of all God's creatures, only the honeybee improves its environment and preys on no other species."--Haydon Brown