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Thread: F2 agression - what's a Beekeeper to do?

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    Default F2 agression - what's a Beekeeper to do?

    Hi y'all,

    I'm confused by f2 aggression. I've been hoping around the forums and think I get some of the gist but I'm at a loss to know what beekeepers do in practice? A huge subject area I know and bound to illicit a range of responses but i'll give it a go.

    I'm intrigued by AMM bees if the generally accepted thinking is that they're better adapted to a Scottish climate. If requeening or making an increase for example, would you ever be inclined to buy a mated AMM queen (taking for granted it was as pure as was claimed)? Two generations down the line are you likely to have horror hives? What are the implications for a 4 hive beekeeper?

    (sorry probably should have put this in 'Native honey bees')
    Last edited by wheresthedog; 27-06-2016 at 12:40 AM.

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    I have a F4 carnie line.. They are not aggressive. I just cull aggressive ones .
    (Grow my own queens)

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    If it's Amm try here
    They are pretty good and you should be able to avoid losing them to swarming
    Once that happens it's less certain what you will get but unless you are unlucky the daughters will also be fine
    You are asking about F2 though and I'm not sure which generation that would apply to when dealing with open mated queens at the start

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