Small Cell Italian Bees
We're just getting into the bee business and have a fruit farm with about 7 acres of berries, pumpkins and fruit trees in central Alabama. We plan to start with 4 hives and if all goes well expand to 8 or 9 hives next year.
We have found a very knowledgable local vendor that raises small cell bees in 8-frame hives. One of his selling points regarding these bees is they are smaller than regular Italian bees making them and their brood less vulnerable to the varroa mite. Does anybody have any positive or negative experiences with small cell bees?