I've been thinking about this coming Spring on what I need to do. I have one hive (swarm) that I believe is Italian muts, I'm thinking the same as the other that I bought as a nuc. The swarm hive can be somewhat aggressive and populated quite fast. This spring I'm thinking I better split this hive before the swarm. What I like to do is buy a queen and introduce her to the split. With this Italian mut breed what race of queen would complement this hive? Also, is it better to buy "local' than mail order from a reputable breeder?