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This year, 2019, we will be continuing research for Varroa Destructor mite resistant honey bees. We have added VSH Carniolan breeder quality honey bee stocks to our bee yard and will start checking all breeding and production colonies for mite counts. We have found that most colonies have low to no mites than others will have larger numbers. Instead of just treating all the colonies with a broad mite treatment, we will be breeding from colonies with low mite counts then splitting the colonies with larger mite counts, doing selective organic acid treatments only as needed, then re-queening the splits with genetics from the colonies with lower mite counts. We have been using instrumental insemination to cross the preferred genetics from the best colonies only. We will be concentrating on mite management, hygienic behavior, gentle and calm bees, honey production, and winter hardiness. We will be adding select high quality Varroa resistant breeder queens to help intensify our breeding program.

We are proud to bring you local Western New York quality natural honey, strong healthy honey bee queens, and bee nucleus colonies for honey, enjoyment, and your agricultural needs! Located in beautiful Chautauqua County, New York. Enjoy the website and drop us a note if you have a question!