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16 Feb 2022

Breeding bees is a touchy business.

Phil Ebert, of Ebert Honey, says not only has it been difficult keeping colonies alive for his Lynnville-based honey and beeswax operation, it is also a challenge to reproduce bees with desirable characteristics. Coupled with environmental and habitat issues, the bees and their keepers have a tough road ahead.

Parasites wipe out hives like a plague. Supplements are nowhere near as good for bees as natural pollenizers. Controlling mating practices to determine which characteristics the colonies can have is also a pain in the abdomen. Especially when Africanized drones have a greater chance of mating with a queen.


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