Re: If you could start from scratch
I disagree!. While the local survivor is the way to go, you can also incorporate better queens into
your operation like the AFB resistant traits. If Russians fit your purpose then get more of those
queens. This way your carnis genetics can be maximized along with the Russians. This should be a
compatible trait if you do it right with the right Russian breeders. Eventually the Russians will be mutted with
the local canis stock if you do open mating. If your beekeeping record is not straight then after the 4th open mating
generation they will all be 90% carnis in your hives. In this case I would like the Russians to be on equal footing with the
local carnis if I can. For example, I only keep Italians here and acquired the compatible stocks all over if I can. Since
the local carnis is the dominant bees here, I have no choice but to find other Italians to graft from. I don't want to have
more carnis bees here that is why I have to diversify a bit by incorporating the Italians in to my area. In the future I will continue
to incorporate the mite fighting Italians into my operation to make them stronger. If you don't mind a diverse population then
get some compatible bees too. No doubt that diversity with compatible genetics will make them stronger bees in the bee world.
Now the question is where to get the best queens be it a breeder or other special queens?
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?