Breed of bees kept?

Discussion in 'Beekeeping' started by alleyyooper, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    What breed of bees do you keep and why?

    We keep SMR Carnolions mostly. Because they are slightly :D mite resistant. Shut down earlier in the fall and build up fast in the spring. They over winter in this area a bit better than the Itialian colonies we have.

    We have Itialians because Kare :happy: won a hive of them at last years {2004} bee comferance and a swarm was given to us in 2003 that is still alive this spring.

    :D Al
     
  2. james dilley

    james dilley Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Africanized, Thats what is prevelent here.
     

  3. Iddee

    Iddee Well-Known Member

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    Ferals...Whatever I catch is what I have. I don't buy them, people pay me to take them. "Extractions"
     
  4. btai

    btai Well-Known Member

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    Italians for fast bee production for splitting. Also allows for early splitting in late winter/early spring. The only thing I hate about Italians is that they are the WORST robbers...
     
  5. busybee870

    busybee870 Well-Known Member

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    I think I have carnolians, very docile, had them for a year, only stung once when i got them , didnt leave the nuc alone long enough before placing them in the hive, but no stings since.
     
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    beaglady Well-Known Member

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  7. no1cowboy

    no1cowboy Single male homesteader

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    I have Itialians [​IMG]