This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

A good basic article about bee breeds

Italian queen with workers

I get the question all the time of what race of bees is the best. While I have my personal favorite, I have found trying the different varieties gives a beekeeper a better understanding of his or her craft.
Every breed has different qualities that a beekeeper likes or dislikes. Some bee breeds are more hostile than others and I stay away from those. Other than that experimenting is fun and educational. But it is to easy to say a race is good or bad by trying it only once. It takes 4 or 5 years of a race to get a true feel of how they perform.