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    1. Hi Eddy – I agree that the Carniolan is known for low use of propolis, however I purchased 2 Carniolan Nucs last year, and they are everything they are known for, except for the amount of propolis that they create. It’s terrible when it’s hot out, it sticks to everything. It will get on my gloves and make the fingers stick together.
      They are probably a cross.
      Thanks for your comment and reading my post.


  1. I honestly don’t know about Carniolan or any other type of bees, I was just pointing out a typo (sorta, more of a sentence which is in the wrong category). But—sounds like you know a’boot bees. I have my 1st hive (which hasn’t absconded/died/taken off…) that I think is staying. Might you know what kind they are? They make dark comb (Austin, TX), and they are feral bees. They’re little bitty bees too! A bit aggressive, but nothing terrible. My gosh they are great builders. They’ve reattached 70% of the comb (from a cutout) in TWO days! It’s now two weeks and all the comb is reattached (on the edges). We’re in a dirth now and they’re still hauling in pollen like it’s nobody’s business! (the hive is 2 weeks old)

    Do you think these are Carniolan Bees? They’re a bit on the dark side, small, they’re pack’n pollen like crazy too. Everybody else’s hives seem to bee slowing down, these are happily plugg’n away!

    I’m new to beekeeping, but have been reading about it for a year and have helped with swarms and cutouts–nothing Beets the real thing, though!

    Honestly…I wonder how ‘pure’ any of the darn bees are. Unless each queen
    has ‘ it’s papers ‘ like a registered doggie…I don’t buy it. I know of more wild hives than domesticated ones around here and when they mate…who knows where daddy(s) are from.

    …just my 2 cents on more than you asked for… but—do you think my bees are Carniolan or…uh, any idea? They’re not at all Italian, I take care of two hives + a friends and those are Italian, and they don’t look anything like mine.—-tee heee heee, they don’t produce like mine either! 😉


    1. With your bees being smaller in size, you might have a bee that is crossed with feral bees. Which may be better at foraging the local pollen and nectar sources. I’m glad to hear that your bees are doing well.


  2. Oh, hey, Lisa, if you want to ~try a ‘good’ bee, look into Rooskian Bees. Our bee meating had a talk on them and they seemed something to look into. If I ever order a queen, it will be Russian. They have a few hundred year head start on the European bees combating the bastard varroa mites…the evil little bastards!


    1. Hi Eddy,
      There’s a woman on Washington Island Wisconsin that raises Russian bees. Since she’s on an island and the only, or the majority of the bees are hers, they are as pure Russian as possible.

      I’ve considered purchasing some, but I believe they are more aggressive than others.

      Do you have a lot of problems with Varroa mites where you are?

      Do you have Africanized bees in your area? I’m not sure if I could bee keep if there was a chance that my bees could become Africanized.


    1. Interesting, don’t know about the toothpaste, but I do know that the proposal is very sticky and tastes a little like pine sap. Perhaps I should look into how market propolis.. thanks for the link, very interesting.


  3. Hey Lisa,

    Would you mind, terribly, taking this offline? Email me, pretty please.

    I don’t know why or what for, but people do buy propolis, it’s not cheap either. Some Rooskian bees are not terribly aggressive (from what I’ve read). My bees are pretty pissy, but they’re workable. I’ll take their aggression over more chill bees if they’re so strong (as they appear to bee). They’ve been in someone’s shed for a few years, so, they’re about as wild as they get. Who knows what they are, I’m sure they’re nice and mixed with the genetics…but I still wonder what the base is….They make very dark comb.

    We definitely have problems with varroa mites here. I smoked the hell out of my bees the other day and saw two fall on the bottom board. They were big fat bastards! Squished them both. The bees seem to never mind when I go for either mites or hive beetles (also a huge problem here).

    We do have killer bees in this neck of the woods, but the instances of them being africanized is low. I JUST got back from my bee meeting and the speaker spoke of a story of some killer bees. Another speaker a year ago also spoke of some, but the stories are not that common.

    A few talks ago the speaker spoke of Russian bees and they were, well, the bees knees. They did just about everything better. You sound like you have a bunch of hives…come on, get at least 1 Russian lady, check it out. You can always requeen her if you don’t like her traits. If you do, introduce either a virgin queen ore even better, a queen cell (make sure they have no viable eggs for queen raring or they WILL reject your replacement queen cell.

    My bees are kinda aggressive, but they’re very wild…but this is all they do; I go, sit about 2 feetsies away from the entrance and stare at them. About half the time, 1 or 2 bees buzz around my head and bump me, but don’t sting. Sometimes they do…but, no biggie. If you’re not stupid, like me, and wear at least a veil, unlike me, it would bee no problem. A little bit aggressive is not that bad, not all Russians are aggressive either. They’re the Very BESTEST for mites, from everything I’ve read.

    They swarm more, but that’s because they build so quickly….now how awful of a ‘problem’ would that bee? Your bees would bee too productive so you’d have to add more hives and supers to your yard because they’re building too quickly! If they’re too aggressive, you can requeen whatever they made and sell the nucs. Why not?

    Also, just so you understand… Africanized bees DO breed with ‘regular’ bees. Although, you’re too far north for them to make it up there. About the only thing they don’t like is cold…so, I wouldn’t fret ‘none aboot no stink’n killer bees breeding with your bees.

    Look up this—> YouTube/africanized bees/Puerto Rico. Apparently, all the bees on that island were/are africanized, but—for whatever reason, after a few generations, they became much ‘nicer’ yet retained all their great qualities such as mite resistance, virus’ resistance and honey production! There were some theories on why that was. Sheck it out.

    I JUST got my bees and am thinking to do a split with just a couple of frames…it would bee nice to hit spring with a couple of hives (minimum). I wouldn’t mind selling a few nucs to at least break even with this bee insanity running through my veins.

    I can’t beelieve I’m a small scale bug farmer (insect…whatever).

    Otay, this is the last one, I don’t like this ‘chat’s session going online. It’s fine if you want to keep it there, it’s your blog, but I shant respond ‘no ‘mo, unless you email me directly or keep it offline.

    Have fun wich’ yer bees!


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