Thanks I’ll definitely check those out and PM you in March.Don't see too many Caucasians around, Old Sol was using some from the WSU program as breeders, there's a few people here that have some of the II breeders out of WSU as well. PM me in March, and I'll let you know if mine is still kicking.
They seem to be there already!
website just says out of stock for the 2019 queens when i lookThey seem to be there already!
Small errors in Braggs pdf -presentations about what Brother Adam said about flying range of bees:
To my knowledge Brother Adam had an experience where his black bees (the largest bee race of A.mellifera) flew 3,6 km, and rise of 400m, to get heather honey.
After the black bees went extict he seldon had any crop from heather in his home apiary.
Original Italian bee is smaller than black bee (A.m.m.)
Bragg writes: "According to Brother Adam, he had bees that he knew flew five miles, but not the larger Italians"
yes, this year he is letting people "shop" to figure out what they want to buy when he adds the stock on Jan 1. Last year I was trying to decide between the different ones, and the mated ones sold out before I could make a selection. I ended up buying 4 virgins of different varieties. In the end, it worked out well for me and I'll probably do the same again this year so the queens are locally mated. The virgins are available a month earlier than the mated ones and you have a couple other choices, like Caucasian, at least I did last year.website just says out of stock for the 2019 queens when i look
Thanks Ruth! Apparently I had joined once before a while back but had forgotten, because it made me go through the whole "forgot your password" process. I didn't remember joining, lol.. I don't have a whole bunch of time to keep up with several different types of social media so usually just use Facebook. I decided though that this year I'm going to also try and grow my YouTube Channel and post new vlog videos pretty often. I need to learn this forum and start using it also.Thanks, Jason, for joining the forum and letting the other beekeepers know about your business. I already placed my 2019 order with Jason and drool over the breeder queens he also has on his page. Maybe one day, I'll get there. For now, I'm thankful for the smaller queen rearing operations that can provide us backyard beekeepers with quality queen stock. At the end of this month, my bee group will be hosting a class on queen rearing for the backyard beekeeper in hopes that we can get more local beeks to graft a small group of queens each year from their overwintered stock to provide to the other local beekeepers.
Size of beeraces:If this fact isn't correct I'll be more than happy to correct it in my pdf if you can point me to where I can find the correct info? or which of Brother Adam's books I can find the correct info in?
Size of beeraces:
Friedrich Ruttner "Naturgeschichte der Honigbienen" Auflage 2003, page 63
Dadant Publications, "Hive and the HoneyBee" , revised edition 1992 (second printing), page 32
Brother Adam "Breeding the Honeybee" first English edition 1987, page 59
same info in another book
"Meine Betriebsweise" 4. erweiterte Auflage 1978, page 65
I too have had bees fly 5 miles to forage. 1986 was the worst year ever for honey production. 86'd in 86. 2.5 ton from 800 colonies. The year I borrowed 70,000 to buy the orchard's bee operation. A Saudi prince had set up an hydroponic endive farm. To prepare the soil, they planted buckwheat. I had an apiary, 5 miles from the closest buckwheat field, store buckwheat honey."How far do foragers fly?
According to Brother Adam he had bees he knew flew five miles (8km) or more to gather Heather nectar.
Not sure about the Caucasian's, but true Buckfast can get very defensive around and F3. I've had several breeders warn me. Something to think about.I’m thinking about getting some Buckfast and Caucasian queens to graft from. Any input on queen breeders I should check out.