Bee Catcher said:I have no idea what the price should be. I don't care for the Russians. I would much rather have the Minnesota Hygienics.
I am curious and will do some more research on these "Minnesota Hygienics" where is this breeder you know from and what would he charge me? (hopefully the cost would not be making up for keepers near him)Bee Catcher said:The Russian soon becomes a hybrid, crossing with the Italian, after supercedure or swarm, producing an unknown. Some of those unknowns have been compared to Africans, others have been said to have less resistance to mites than Italians.
The Minn. Hyg.are Italians bred for their resistance to mites and ability to groom the mites off their body. Also bred for resistance to tracheal mites. The breeder I know gives free queens to all beeks within 2 or 3 mile of his Apiary, to ensure purebred stock in his area. Thus less hybrid offspring.
would you mind shooting me his email?Bee Catcher said:Jack Tapp
Busy Bee Apiaries
Authorized Brushy Mountain bee farm distributor
Raises and sells Minnesota Hygienic Queens and spring nucs
thank you for posting... did not want you to think this went un-noticed! :mrgreen:dogsoldier13 said:the goldline from purvis bro's has some russian in them,they are 20 a piece :?
Are they as slow to build up in the early spring ...as some people claim?1of6 said:I like my Russians, but I really like my mongrel offshoots from my original Russians. I haven't had problems with grouchiness. I think there are probably some good benfits to having some Russian genes bred into your bees. My $0.02.