@Dylan_Woods The Saskatraz Bees do have good genetics, and are bred to be Hygienic against Varroa. I may want to try them myself down the road. When I asked my local Beek Assoc while they knew of them, none were actually using them around here. Seems Italians and Carniolans are the bee race of choice and are predominantly used by Beginners due to their gentle nature. While the Italians have great traits they tend to maintain a larger colony in Winter than do the Carniolans. The Carni’s build up the colony when needed, then reduce as needed at end of season for overwintering. We will be picking up our 2 Nuc’s on/around April 10th from Blythewood Bee Company and our Bees will be Carniolan. So you want to take the time frames into consideration when ordering your bees whether a 3# Pkg or a 4-5 Frame Nuc. Most have 2 dates for pickup in Spring an early and later date. We opted for the earliest one to take advantage of the onset of a heavy nectar flow of Spring.
FYI. Since you are in NC, the NC Beekeeping Association Annual Conference is coming up soon. There are several Bee Purveyors slated to be there, some of which will be bringing Pkg’s and Nuc’s for Pickup at the Conference as well as tools, woodenware, meds, and other items you may need or be interested in seeing or buying. Good luck on your 1st season being a Beek. With the crazy Winter weather patterns we’ve had I only hope we have a good Spring and Summer.