I know here in Maine theyre quite popular. I guess, from what I understand they get going quite early in the year, and are better with cold weather than most. I thought that would be the breed Id go with for sure!! I dont really requeen like I should, and was told they can get kind of nasty when they mate with Italians, which they eventually will, if left alone. So as a beginner I chose the Italians, and have had decent luck as a second year/still dont know quite what Im doing bee fellah. Most around here go with carniolans though.