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Socrates Raramuri
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I've looked into the matter of bees and at one point was surprised to learn that one has a choice what honey bees to keep.
But i'm no expert and the experts talk about Italians, Germans, Russians, Carnolians, Buckfasts... sheesh
There must be other considerations. There's talk about stingless bees, at beesource as well as here, but how feasible is acquiring them or getting them across a country border? [I have to get from Europe to Morocco myself.]

To be fair, if i can't get the best breed or am stuck with local types, i will make do. I've heard that even the quality of the hive can make bees more docile (as well as more productive). But as far as breeds/types go, anyone got some insights for a noob, something i should look into or really not overlook?
 
David Livingston
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Why buy bees that are perfectly adapted to somewhere else ?
Why not get bees locally they are afterall adapted to local conditions , local problems local weather etc Getting beees from elsewhere also means you could import other problems into your area .
As for Type of Hive I would recommend Warré Hives . Easy to build and use cetainly cheapest

David
 
Rob Browne
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Forget the breeds and go for local mutts. they are more adapted to your conditions.
 
tel jetson
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I'll add my approval to Rob and David.

best and cheapest option would be collecting local swarms. an artificial swarm or nucleus hive from a conscientious local beek could also work, though I don't personally like those options. if you can't manage any of that for some reason, look for a local breeder selecting for survival instead of a dealer selling bees from distant lands or pollination operations.
 
John Master
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I live in Wisconsin, winters get to -20f on occasion, warmest day in mid winter is about 35f. I am trying Russians this year as they have a number of favorable overwintering characteristics, also disease resittance characteristics. Havent had to treat them in any way so far and not planning to, even what most call preventative treatments. Bought bees this year again and hoping to not ever have to again. Hopefully I can take my losses in spring and hopefully split them back out to fill any dead or absconded hives.
 
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