Re: German Black Bees; any left in the USA?
Funny how many different ways this thread has drifted. A comment for Sqkcrk, Germany went on a racial cleansing binge about 80 years ago where they tried to wipe out the black bees and replace them with Carniolans. This is why the original black bee is hard to find in most of Europe.
Several comments say that mite tolerant bees either don't exist or are nowhere near being developed. Tom Rinderer disagrees with you. As director of the Baton Rouge Bee Lab (now retired), he probably knows a bit more about bees than you or I. His specific statement is that bees can be kept fully treatment free and still be productive. He was discussing the Russian lines. My bees have not been treated in 11 years. They are not up to snuff with commercial requirements. Give me a few years and I hope to change that.
Last edited by Fusion_power; 06-22-2016 at 07:54 AM.
NW Alabama, 50 years, 20 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest