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  1. Facts about carniolan. One; bees bred in Europe have to be better than 100 years of local breeding for our own conditions. Two; the temperament of both purebreds and hybrids are so much nicer than Italians especially during inclement weather. Three; all carniolan's use no feed at all over winter and all Italians starve to death despite efforts to breed quiet productive and frugal Italians. Four; carniolans are more resistant to varoa both because they breed less and constant swarming reduces varoa numbers.
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  2. Read it on the interweb somewhere.... A big part of why I want to get some is so i can have a play and be not just recycling what I read on the internet....
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  3. Thanks for the link @Jose Thayil theres some interesting reading there
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  4. About Carniolans living longer susan cobey interview If you read the second question in the article its mentioned by See Cobey about the longevity of the carniolan bees. Carniolan honey bee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia If you look at the strengths of carniolans its mentioned that they live around 12% more than other races. There is also research article which I am trying to find at the moment.
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  5. I checked the wet frames today after 3 days of being in the hive, the frames I cut the capping off are clean but there are a few cell with honey at the bottom that the bees are not eating, it looks kinda like fresh nectar, the other frames I used the heat gun on still have a lot of capped cells I missed, should the bees open the capped cells and rob the honey from these ones?
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  6. when i got my carni queen last autumn there was lots of things about carnis i thought would be good for here. but a year later i think they are not suitable for our area. i probably do not have enough hives to judge from though. i had 2 carni hives and a friend gave me as pure italian as he could manage. the italian did much better. from what i can gather the carnis come from the caucasus mnts. the winters are cold but it seems that the spring flow is consistent. unlike here which is stop /start when the carnis shut down between flows they just do not seem to pick up in time for the nex
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  7. All I can say is, nearly 15 years on now and our carneys have changed, we currently running a hybrid looking ones due to a varroa selection programme, our breeder currently throwing hybrid like queens, we still put in the mix some more pure lines. But our queens change colours over the years our next years breeders we lining up are looking more pure again, It all comes down to what you want in a queen. What I do Know and that is Italians don't last the distance with my management, they usually the first ones with varroa loads, I think due to the continuation of laying, having larger brood for
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