Why don’t you try and get a few queens from the hive... whichever method you prefer. I’m guessing it’s got some good genes to make it over winter and swarm.
And what is wrong with this?pop the lid and you need to be moving with caution and have some smoke.
True on all counts. Like you, I grew up with A.m.m. type bees and knowing when they get mean, they are really mean. These are not that, and I'm inclined to graft a few queens just because they have thrived through winter without treatment. My main concern is not getting any weird heinous crosses with the Russians. If I keep the queen in a small box and keep her from pumping out drones I think I'll be ok. I'm basing this on assumptions that temperament is inherited through the male. This may be one of those things I've heard so many times I started believing it regardless of facts.And what is wrong with this?
Just normal bees.
Your probably need to get yourself a jacket, which is also normal.
Make more 😁 Might breed out the meanness, might breed out the mite resistance. They have lived two years without treatments?So there's inherent minor testiness, but I feel probably some mite resistance. Not sure what to do with them.
The answer is a bit loaded. In Aug/Sept of 2019 I used the first-ever treatments on my bees. I bought mite-away quick strips but only used 1/2 strip on top of frames. Within probably a week I removed them as to-this-day I really don't like putting chems in hives. However, I looked in my brother's hive a month or two later and discovered the partial strip I had placed there hadn't been removed. It was dried up into about a 2" square and remains there to this day. He almost never opens the hive and I think I was only in them once, to confirm that last year's swarm had indeed left a virgin queen.Make more 😁 Might breed out the meanness, might breed out the mite resistance. They have lived two years without treatments?