Re: Buckfast Bees
I used Buckfast from Texas a lot years ago, but stopped, when I got some bees that were a little too hot for my taste. Tried a couple of packages last year, which have overwintered and are doing just okay, not great, this year. Last year they were my strongest performers. They are not particularly mean, but not nearly as gentle as my MH. We've had a LOT of rain up here, so, other than my Russians, no one is bringing in very much nectar. I have Russian/mutt queens on order and plan to requeen the Buckfast hives this week or next before they supercede and get really mean.
A dearth of nectar can make any hive mean and a healthy, queenright nuc will usually be pretty gentle. But, there are ALWAYS exceptions.
“If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive.” - Dale Carnegie