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Offline Dr. Cricket

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Queen rearing in Africanized Bee Zones
« on: May 16, 2013, 01:21:06 PM »
I live in southwest Florida where there are a good concentration of feral Africanized bee colonies. The obvious assumption is that I don't want my virgin queens out there mating with feral drones. Do I have any options, other than artificial insemination, for producing queens or keeping supercedig queens from mating with AHBs?

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Re: Queen rearing in Africanized Bee Zones
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2013, 03:32:41 PM »
The people I know in such areas, just raise their own queens from the gentle ones and cull the mean ones.
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Re: Queen rearing in Africanized Bee Zones
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2013, 06:50:12 AM »

You'll want to look into drone saturation. Dr. Larry Connor has written about this and has a good outline for a smaller operation on how to do it.

Also, take a look at theBMP for rearing honey bee queens.. It has the specifications for the square inches of drone brood necessary.