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  1. Phillip
    April 9, 2011

    Big mistake. I didn’t noticed in the first draft of this post that I didn’t name the type of bees in Hive #2. I referred to the those bees as “them” when I obviously meant to say Italian honey bees. Duh. The mistake has been corrected.

    UPDATE: I also changed the title of the post.

  2. Chelsea
    April 10, 2011

    We haven’t yet figured out why one of our hives is so strong (all of last season, and starting the spring), and the other one only moderately strong. Same stock, same location. All I can think of is maybe drifting? We’ll try swapping the positions of our hives this year and see if it makes a difference.

    • Phillip
      April 10, 2011

      Queens don’t always mate with enough drones to produce genetically diverge offspring. Our bee supplier has a combination of Italians, Russians and Carniolans, which could create differences in behaviour depending on the mixture of genes. Our Hive #1 gets the morning sun about an hour before Hive #2. That might have something to do with it. One hive could have a weaker queen too. Who knows?

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