This summer we will offer 2016 NJ Honeybee Queens including Carniolan and VSH Queens for sale from June through early August. Mary normally begins her grafting operation usually the 1st week of May. We let our young queens open-mate and make certain they have a good laying pattern before we sell them. The first May grafting is usually ready by the 2nd week of June.
For the last thirteen years underpinning our daily beekeeping activities has been our goal to diversify our Honeybees and make them stronger and healthier, naturally. From 2003 to 2008 we brought in Russian queens from Bob Brachman, Hubert Tubs, Ray Revis and Glen Apiaries as we transitioned from the Italian bee. Then in 2009 we began bringing in instrumentally inseminated Carniolan bees from Sue Cobey; and we continued every year up to and including 2015. Most recently we have begun adding VSH stock to our breeding operation. In 2015 we added a VP Queens instrumentally inseminated Spartan X Carniolan breeder queen. And this year in May we will be adding an additional Spartan X Carniolan breeder queen.
If you are interested in local 2016 NJ Honeybee Queens including Carniolan and VSH queens please contact us or call us at 732-542-6528.
Honey Bee Queen stock introduction timeline from 2003:
2003 – introduced Russian queens from Bob Brachman(NY) and Hubert Tubs Apiaries (MS).
2004– brought in Russian queens from Bob Brachman (NY) and Ray Revis(NC).
2005– brought in Russian queens from Ray Revis (NC).
2006 -conducted 1st grafting; brought in Russian queens from Bob Brachman (NY) and Ray Revis (NC). Introduced a Russian Breeder queen from Glenn Apiaries (CA).
2007 – began regular seasonal grafting sessions from May through August; brought in a Russian breeder queen from Glenn Apiaries (CA) and introduced Kirk Webster (VT) Russian winter nucs.
2008– brought in Glenn Apiaries (CA) Russian and Carniolan breeder queens.
2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 – brought in Sue Cobey (CA, WA) Carniolan (NWC) Breeder Queens and Charlie Harper (LA) Russian queens each year. Continued seasonal grafting sessions from May through August
2013 -brought in a Sue Cobey (WA) Carniolan (NWC)breeder queen
2014 – brought in a Sue Cobey NWC breeder queen. Established hives with VSH John Harbo daughter queens.
2015– brought in (3) Sue Cobey Carniolan (NWC) breeder queens and a VSH Spartan X Carniolan breeder queen from VP Queens.
2016– will be bringing in an additional VP Queens Spartan X Carniolan breeder queen in May.