Is the BeeWeaver breed Africanized?
Our mating grounds are in an area where Africanized bees have been for about 20 years. We feel the African bee incursion did severely affect our stock's temperament for the first 5-10 years, beginning in 1994. In the ensuring years, many of those feral African colonies have been watered down by our bees, existing feral bees and other US beekeeper's stock. Inter-breeding with feral Africanized bees does undoubtedly continue but we take measures to minimize their influence. BeeWeaver floods its mating yards with large numbers of drones and selects breeders that are proven to be calm, workable colonies as well as highly productive, disease resistant and pest tolerant bees. BeeWeaver offers a replacement policy for queens that produce mean bees (stinging without provocation, smoke does not calm them, stinging in high numbers). To be replaced, we must receive notification from you within the first four months after the arrival of the BeeWeaver queen, unless you can prove otherwise that the queen is from BeeWeaver.
The number of queens we must replace is minimal and decreases each year. View the videos:
Bee Breeding for Survivor Chemical Free Stock part 1 - Daniel Weaver
Bee Breeding for Survivor Chemical Free Stock part 2 - Daniel Weaver