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A few years ago all of my colonies were descendants, by walk-away splits, of one colony I cut-out from beneath a neighbors mobile home. Many of them exhibited various undesirable traits that I attributed to the possible influence of AHB, which are said to inhabit my region of Arizona. Most of these undesirable traits, fortunately, did not often include excessive defensiveness. Several times I considered sending samples of my various hives to the bee labs for identification of AHB. I never did get around to doing that, instead I came up with a plan to import Cordovan Italian queens from various commercial queen sources and breed additional queens from them to free my colonies from these annoying traits.

Now it is a pleasure to work my bees. The only time I experience any annoying traits is with some new swarms. Requeening with queens I raise myself, works like a charm.

I have learned to make nucs and raise queens - two things I rarely ever did before. Now that I have taught myself to do them, I am grateful to those annoying bees for providing the incentive for me to learn these new beekeeping skills.
 

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well I got 4 nucs from joseph on march 6 . And had the pleasure of touring his bee yard. We were able to walk between the hives , open them and manipulate them with no veil. When we went to transfer my nucs to my boxes joseph told me i should get my veil... Well all i had was a full body suit, and joseph kinda chuckeld about it. But these are the nicest bees I have ever been around. They made it home fine and are not bothering the horses.I did put a barb wire fence around the apiary about 30 feet away from the hives to keep my sisters no account horses away. Thanks very much joseph I am sure we will talk again.. George B
 

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Hey : Batman the reason I went to the trouble to build fence etc. is that people around here are scared to death of AHB and it really has taken some time to convince the neighbors that AHB/ colony tempermant can be controlled by using good queens. P.S. when I was farming walnuts between stockton and lodi we used to go up to the galt flea market, well my wife did I went kicking and screaming:lpf:......take care GB
 

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not if they try to scratch themselves on one and turn it over...
That was my biggest worry when I placed my hive in my friends horse pasture too, but they assured me that they would stay away from it, so far they have. I still think about tapping into the electric fence and bringing it out and around for 'just in case.'

G B - I'm told the Galt flea market is the biggest state run flea market in the state. I'm with ya, I try to avoid it at all costs.

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I wish I had know you sold nucs sooner. I just paid for a nuc and have to drive to new mexico in april to pic it up. When I have a brother in Tucson. Live and learn I guess. I just hope I dont miss the apricot blossom.
 
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