About our bees...
Our "Connecticut Carniolan" queens are grafted from proven, over-wintered instrumentally inseminated New World Carniolan breeder stock and open mated in our mating yards with drones selected from our best overwintered honey production hives. These drone mother colonies are proven honey producers, chalkbrood and disease resistant, and survive harsh New England winters.
The ultimate goal of our breeding program is to produce stock that performs well in Northern climates. By breeding from our best colonies year after year, our bees will show annual improvement that increases their ability to handle the constantly changing face of beekeeping today.
An essential part of our business is raising queens and nucleus colonies during the summer months. We feel that the Carniolan strain of the European honey bee is best suited for our needs because of its winter hardiness, hygienic behavior, gentle disposition, overall fecundity, and large honey crops.
These overwintered queens in nucleus colonies are the backbone of our apiaries, providing the needed stability for sustainable beekeeping.
Bees and Queens 2010 price list and availability
Treatment Disclosure :
Our breeding hives and nucleus colonies are untreated. Consequently, our combs are chemical-free and have not been contaminated by synthetic miticides. We do not use antibiotics for the preventative treatment of American Foulbrood or Nosema. We rely on mother nature to cull our weak hives during the winter, and our bee's hygienic behavior to control chalkbrood and keep varroa populations in check. We use formic acid in our honey production hives, only if mite levels warrant use.