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what type queens/bees are everyone keeping?

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golfpsycho:
I'm very interested in the different queens being offered today.  I've always had italians, but there are alot of qualities being discussed and I would like as much information as I can get.  I've read about NWC's, buckfast, russians, smart queens, starline, and midnites.  Lots of conflicting information in different posts on Bee-L, and of course the queen breeders sites.  If I had a dozen hives, I would order a couple of each, requeening this fall, and draw my own conclusions.  

Unfortunately, at this time, I'm very limited as to what I can do, and waiting 2 or 3 years to make evaluations under variable conditions isn't very revealing.  My preference is making comb honey, so I like huge populations with as little propensity for swarming as can be bred for.  What is everyones experience with these various types?

Beth Kirkley:
I have Italians, but I'd like to try Buckfast one day.

Beth

Ross:
I have had Italians for a year.  They were ok, but several hives got a little hot.  This spring I installed 6 NWC queens.  Those hives can now be worked without smoke.  I also picked up a hive of feral bees that are very gentle.

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