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Pictured above are Richard Weaver with his son Clint Weaver. Clint Weaver. Photo Credit:
is an Italian strain that we have been improving for 88 years. Only superior performers are selected to become breeders. In general, the darker bees have shown the best traits, so our bees are not yellow but tend to be somewhat dark and quite variable in color. They tend to keep an open brood nest, as opposed to the Buckfast's tendency to put more honey down. Our All-Americans are also showing a high resistance to tracheal mites. They are excellent honey producers and are the preferred breed for the Southern States as well as the desert Southwest and California.
GENTLE - Our bees are not inclined to sting. They are easy to handle because they remain quiet on the combs and do not run and boil out of the hive when it is opened.
QUICK BUILD-UP - Our Queens are prolific and, under favorable conditions, build up very quickly. In some northern areas truckloads of two pound packages produce an average of 225 pounds of honey year after year.
LOW SWARMING TENDENCY - It is characteristic of the species that unmanaged bees must swarm to preserve the race. Although our bees build up very strong, they have been bred not to swarm if they are given plenty of room.
HIGH HONEY PRODUCTION - Weaver Italians will produce more honey than ordinary bees which means more money for the beekeeper at the end of the year. They are capable of producing enormous crops if the weather cooperates. The ITALIANS and BUCKFASTS produced by R Weaver are about equal in production.
WINTERING - Our Italians keep a rather large open brood nest, but normally will store honey in the brood nest if they are crowded down during the fall honeyflow. They winter best in two- or three-story colonies.
PROPOLIZING - Not bad - about medium
HOUSEKEEPING - These bees keep a very clean, neat, orderly hive with very little brace comb
ADAPTATION - Our Italians seem to be well adapted to all climatic conditions. In the northern latitudes they are used successfully by beekeepers who overwinter, by beekeepers who operate with package bees, and by beekeepers who go south to make up nucs.
COMPATIBILITY - These bees cross well with other breeds
COLOR - Variable. While breeding in good characteristics we did not give much weight to color. The general appearance of the colony is that of dark and hardy Italians.