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paulgid 

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were is a good place to buy buckfast queens from.
regards paul
 

Haughton Honey 

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Lots of Commercial hives.......
Contact Norton (Roger) from this forum.

The best imported Buckfast strain of Queens that are available imho.
 

Mike a 

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Buckfast -

Pros
Highly Tracheal Mite Tolerant
Extremely gentle, with low sting instinct
Resistant to Chalkbrood
Low swarm instinct
Overwinters exceptionally well
Well suited to cool, wet climates


cons
Not widely available
Builds up slowly in spring
Poor early spring pollinators



Carni -

Pros
Earlier morning forager
Forages on colder and wetter days than most other bees
Overwinters well on small stores, as queen stops laying in the fall
Explosive build up in early spring
Exceptionally gentle and easy to work
May interrupt brood rearing during times of drought
Does not typically propolize heavily
Creates less brace and burr comb
Crosses well with other varieties

Cons
Likely to swarm unless carefully managed
If pollen is scarce brood rearing greatly diminishes

But the above is not a definite statement for each breed but a generally accepted "Norm"
Taken from - http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Beekeeping/Honey_Bee_Races
 
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thurrock bees 

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Buckfast -

Pros
Highly Tracheal Mite Tolerant
Extremely gentle, with low sting instinct
Resistant to Chalkbrood
Low swarm instinct
Overwinters exceptionally well
Well suited to cool, wet climates


cons
Not widely available
Builds up slowly in spring
Poor early spring pollinators



Carni -

Pros
Earlier morning forager
Forages on colder and wetter days than most other bees
Overwinters well on small stores, as queen stops laying in the fall
Explosive build up in early spring
Exceptionally gentle and easy to work
May interrupt brood rearing during times of drought
Does not typically propolize heavily
Creates less brace and burr comb
Crosses well with other varieties

Cons
Likely to swarm unless carefully managed
If pollen is scarce brood rearing greatly diminishes

But the above is not a definite statement for each breed but a generally accepted "Norm"
Taken from - http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Beekeeping/Honey_Bee_Races


Thank you for the info. :cheers2:
 

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