Need Bees Removed?
International
Beekeeping Forums
August 21, 2014, 02:54:24 AM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News: Beemaster's official FACEBOOK page
 
   Home   Help Search Calendar bee removal Login Register Chat  

Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: nuptial flights in african territory  (Read 1555 times)
bill
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Posts: 207

Location: midland texas


« on: March 18, 2005, 01:59:45 PM »

I have just got into beekeeping and I hope to grow to at least ten hive at least as I learn. I am doing a lot of reading but everything is not in the books. I want raise my own queens down the road if it is feasible. here there are african bees around. what I wonder is if you have several hives with drones flying, what would be your chances of gettisng africanized bees. I assume the more good drones in the air it would give you better odds. Say you did this and got some good hives and some more aggresive ones how could you deal with that. I will have three hives at the end of this season if it goes well would that be enough. let me know what you think.
Logged

billiet
thegolfpsycho
Field Bee
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 583

Location: canyon rim, ut


« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2005, 04:48:49 PM »

Until you get a pretty good feel for what's happening in your colonies, ordering a few queens every fall is a pretty good policy.  The commercial queen rearing outfits are selecting from a much larger genetic pool for t-mite, v-mite resistance, etc.  Once you get a handle on things, and decide what is important to you. ie: low swarming, high production, mite resistance, etc etc etc, you can start selecting for these traits.  If you were to get a hot hive or two, it is much more than a pain in the butt.  They are a hazard to your neighbors and their animals as well.  Being overwhelmed by aggresive bees, and chased 200 yards is not fun.  A little experience would be helpful dealing with them.
Logged
Michael Bush
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 13622


Location: Nehawka, NE


WWW
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2005, 12:18:55 AM »

Unfortunately, unless you are on small cell the African drones are smaller and faster and therefore have the edge on mating with your queen.
Logged

Michael Bush
My website:  bushfarms.com/bees.htm
My book:  ThePracticalBeekeeper.com
-------------------
"Everything works if you let it."--Rick Nielsen
BigRog
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Posts: 111

Location: Richmond, Virginia


« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2005, 04:09:55 AM »

Where are you located?
This is a good example of being able to help someone better if they have their location in the profile.
I imagine you are in a area with africanised bees.
I would think that if you got a seriously agressive hive you would have to kill off the bees, if only to protect those around you.
Logged

"Lurch my good man,…what did you mean when you said just now that 'You've got better things to do than run my petty little errands'…….?"
Jerrymac
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 6047


Location: Wolfforth Texas


« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2005, 07:06:02 AM »

I think he said he was in Midland Tx. About 100 miles south of me.
Logged

rainbow sunflower  Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.   rainbow sunflower

 Jerry

My pictures.Type in password;  youview
     http://photobucket.com/albums/v225/Jerry-mac/
Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Beemaster's Beekeeping Ring
Previous | Home | Join | Random | Next
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.19 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines | Sitemap Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.277 seconds with 22 queries.

Google visited last this page August 15, 2014, 10:11:00 AM