Everyone has their own opinion on what bee to use. The question now is at this time if you can get some. My bees are a cross with most all. The last couple of years I have put Cordovan and Russian Queen in my hives. Joe
As Joe stated everyone has their preference. I'm getting 6 packages from Wilbanks Apiary. They sell 3 banded Italians. I don't know about the availability but their phone number is 912-739-4820. They're a large operation located in Claxton Ga. The worst you could do is call.
do you have to buy a queen?down here we just bait, catch swarms, do cutoutsto bait for a swarm beg borrow some old comb and rubber band that to the foundationless frame.I use half with plastic foundation. half none (foundationless frame).15 drops lemon grass oil 5 on the right 5 on the left side and five on the top.some say that maybe too many. this formula works for me. mine are still here. praise the lordjay