Bee Breeds


What Kinds of Bees Are Right for You

The two major types of bees that are recommended for first year beekeepers are, the Italian and Carniolan Honey Bees. Each of these bees are great bees, and will work well in your hive. Our goal is to help you understand their traits and characteristics, thus enabling you to make a decision on which of the two types most suit your needs.

 

ITALIANS CARNIOLANS
SPRING BUILD UP NORMAL VERY QUICK
SWARMING TENDENCY NORMAL ABOVE NORMAL
HONEY PRODUCTION NORMAL GREAT
GENTLENESS IN THE SPRING A LITTLE MORE ASSERTIVE EASY GOING
MITES NORMAL ABOVE NORMAL
WINTERING IN COLD TEMPS SMALLER COLONIES GOING INTO WINTER, MEANING LESS FOOD CONSUMPTION LARGE COLONIES GOING INTO WINTER. FOOD WILL NEED TO BE CHECKED IN MID FEB FOR NORTHERN STATES.
GOOD FIRST YEAR BEEKEEPER YES YES