Re: Still unsure about what type of bees?
After some (a lot of) deliberation, I decided to order Carniolans for my first hives. Since they tend to reduce to a smaller cluster in the winter, I figured that this would help with survivability. I had hoped to avoid excessive propolis but living adjacent to a large woods meant that all the sap was there for the taking.
Now, just because I bought Carniolans, that doesn't mean that they stayed that way. One of the queens was superseded during the early summer and the resulting queen, once mated, produced bees that looked a lot more like the feral bees I had been seeing before the carnis came along. Fast forward to this spring, and I have a rather diverse-looking bunch of bees. The feral bees in my area now look more Carniolan. The drones were busy, it would seem!
I guess that my point is that no matter what type of bee you get, you'll learn the basics with them and they will change over time. All bees can be grumpy and all bees can be gentle.
Pete. New 2013, 7 hives, zone 6a
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