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Offline twb

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Do you generally have to give up gentleness for survivability?
« on: October 24, 2008, 09:35:17 PM »
As I consider what to get for queens for next season I lean towards a few Italians for their gentleness since most of my "homemade" queens tended towards the "hotter" side.  I really like the idea of making queens from survivor stock, though, and I wondered if I could get both survivors and gentleness or do you tend to give up some gentleness to get survivors?
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TWB

Offline Michael Bush

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Re: Do you generally have to give up gentleness for survivability?
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2008, 10:07:31 PM »
I haven't had to deal with SHB, but I have had to deal with most other pests.  I have not found that I have to give up gentleness.  You may need to try to get enough survivors that you can select for gentleness.  The other choice is to force them to raise new queens until you get one that is gentle.  Sometimes the daughter's offspring are much better than her mother's.

Mine are surviving and quite gentle.
Michael Bush
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