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Question: What type of bees do you have?
Italian - 10 (47.6%)
Carniolan - 4 (19%)
Feral / wild mix - 5 (23.8%)
Russian - 2 (9.5%)
MN hygenic - 0 (0%)
other - 0 (0%)
Total Voters: 13

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Author Topic: Northern Midwest Beekeepers- WI, MN, ND, MI or anywhere with similar climate  (Read 825 times)
House Bee
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« on: October 23, 2008, 02:11:38 PM »

Just wondering what's the best (in your opinion) for our area.  If you wouldn't mind including what you like/ don't like about your breed and what you do for wintering that would be great too!!

Thanks everyone!! Hopefully this will be interesting for newbies and others just to see what everyone else has. Wink

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Jim 134
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2008, 02:56:53 PM »

  I live in N. Central MA. the keep local wild mix and a few Italian's for new blood

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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2008, 03:40:05 PM »

I have Italians and ferals but will be buying some russian queens from N Carolina for splits next year
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2008, 09:42:43 PM »

hello i have 5 hives of bums this year. 5 hives and only 5.1/2 gal of honey where was the rain when we needed it. Cry Cry
Michael Bush
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2008, 09:41:01 AM »

I was in USDA hardiness zone 4 when I had bees in the Panhandle of Nebraska and in Wyoming.  Although I think Laramie should qualify for zone 3, being at 7200 feet up in the Rockies and the wind never stopped howling.  I was fond of the Buckfasts and Carniolans, but I don't have a good source for Buckfasts anymore.  If you can get some from Canada you can probably be assured of no AHB.  Now I'm in zone 5 and I still like the darker bees better for colder climates.

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