Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.
Was reviewing some notes for whatever need....
Originally Posted by msl
I must admit, I will need to change my tune a bit.
Trying for uniformity in a bee collection is not a good idea.
Variety is a better idea.
In this game of dice tossing, you never really know which exact trait will pull you through this particular winter.
If the bees are capable of of making a cleansing flight, why would you wish them not to? Why go against a trait the leads to improved survival?
Sometimes it is better to stay put and wait it out for as long as possible (and hold your poop).
Sometimes it is better to get out at each and every opportunity presented (and go ahead and poop, be it even every week).
And so, the variety is the answer.
Best to have as many combinations on hand as possible (even the most crappy ones - as it may appear at the moment; the crappy ones could very well be the ultimate survivors).
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.