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We are now selling 2020 Queen Bees.
Nucs are currently sold out for 2020.
You can join our wait list by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do you select your breeding stock?
The breeder or “mother” queens used for propagation are a mix of survivor stock VSH and Carniolan queens and survivor stock Russians who have overwintered successfully in the Northeast (Montague, MA) for one winter.
These lines demonstrate resistance to varroa infestation and receive no chemical treatments. When mating, I select breeder queens based on a queen health protocol list I developed. I conduct bi-annual viral testing.
I test and select for more resilient bees by monitoring mites regularly, and eliminating less mite resilient bees from my operation. I integrate manual manipulations to prevent treating breeder queens.
When you buy a nuc the queens in the nucs are NEWLY bred from a mix of my NE survivor stock queen mothers in locations with high drone saturation from both VSH queens and survivor stock Russian bees.
The breeder queen mothers have overwintered for one full New England winters before being brought to an isolated breeding outpost in the South for early Spring queen rearing.
These bees NEVER go to almond pollination.
Are your nucs overwintered?
What is a nucleus hive?
Are these queens or nucs treated?
Our nucs do not receive any chemical treatments.
I don’t buy or use equipment from larger apiary producers or commercial operations. These are my bees bred from the bees I have worked with since 2015.
I work collaboratively with other survivor stock queen rearers to create saturated breeding zones to ensure drone saturation of our selected genetics.
How much does a nucleus hive cost?
Why do I have to pay now?
When and where will I receive my nuc? Can you ship it?
Have more questions?
Email us at email@example.com
How do I install the queen I purchased from you?
Queens will arrive via USPS, or be picked up on the farm. We recommend installing the queen in a small 3-5 frame nucleus hive, allowing the hive to accept the queen by first leaving her in the hive in a capped cage. 24 hours later remove the cap and allow bees to chew through the candy. After the hive has accepted her you can combine them with a larger hive or add additional resource/brood.
How can I get my queen?
You can order queens for shipping OR pick your queen up by appointment.