Re: requirements for moving bees into florida
I have some hives that are gentle, I have some from making splits, from the same hives that are a little more aggressive.
I know 3 commercial beeks, one raises his own line on the Pyane's Priairie, and ships 100s of them north.
Like wise, I know Beeks that buy and requeen their hives every year. And then some that make splits and place new queens in them. And out of the 1500 or so hives in each apiary I have been to and worked with some hives are more or less aggressive than the next.
Saying that, I believe that the AHB's genetics are already imbedded into the gene pool. Like a dog, you never know what gene will be dominate in any offspring.
I think the AHB issue is over emphasized and is really of little concern. If you research you will find the AHBs can not survive the northern states. An as we all are aware, the bees concern is survival. And therefore, cross breading may have already occurred. Especially when you have no control of the mating when your unmated queen leaves on her mating flight.
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