New Carniolan Queens Hatching

We are pleased with our current crop of Carniolan Queens which have emerged since July 4th. They are daughters of our 2011 Susan Cobey breeder and they are very dark in color. Time will tell about their performance, but we expect them to be as good as all of Sue’s …

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Russian & Carniolan Breeding Yards

We are running two honeybee breeding yards; our Russian Honey Bee breeding yard, a picture (above) of it which is being used in our blog banner, and 8.5 miles away is our New World Carniolan  Honey Bee breeding yard (a picture below this post). We just moved out 41 capped …

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Cloake Board Day 6

We have completed 7 grafting sessions – so far we have grafted approximately 400 eggs this season. Yesterday was day 6 of the Cloake Board method for grafting session 7. I had to remove the slide and close the main entrance which was originally rotated  180 degrees on day 3. …

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Russian & Carniolan Queens Available in July

We have been selecting our queens as they get mated and begin laying, culling any that don’t measure up.  We alternate the graftings of each breeder queen, so Russians and Carniolans are ready in batches. We expect to have queens ready on the following dates: June 29th July 6th July 12th …

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Russian & Carniolan Queens are Laying

Our 1st Russian Queens are laying nice solid patterns and we have begun to send them to their new homes.  We have a few of these left for anyone in immediate need.  Russian Queens from our 2nd grafting are also laying well and we will be evaluating them next week. Last …

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Setting up Carniolan Breeding Yard

Tuesday  and Wednesday we began setting up our second breeding yard which is 8 miles from our Russian breeding yard. We began moving in empty triple and double mating Nucs and then  added frames of bees to those Nucs. By end of day Wednesday we had distributed 21 queen cells …

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Russian & Carniolan Grafting Status

It has been a most frustrating spring with unrelenting rain and cold nights. Our earliest efforts at queen rearing were unsatisfactory but now Russian queens from our first grafting should begin laying early next week.  In addition Russian queens from our second grafting should begin laying the first week of June and Carniolan queens …

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Cloake Board Method-Day 4

It is raining AGAIN, and we want to graft from our best Carniolan queen tomorrow. So we set up a tent over the cell builder hive so we could work through the rain. Today is day 4 of the Cloake Board method of queen rearing – we need to close up the …

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Russian & Carniolan Bee Hygienic Testing Begun

Beginning at 7:30am it was a non- stop day! Ed headed off to the local welding shop to pick up Liquid Nitrogen while Mary began looking for the FedEx truck which was carrying our Sue Cobey New World Carniolan breeder queen. Then Kyle arrived and then Dave arrived.  The queen …

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We Grafted our 1st Russian Bee Queen Cells

Tuesday was an exciting day. We grafted our first Queen cells of the season. We had already set up a cell builder colony and closed off the top to produce a queenless swarm condition. The artificial queen cells had been polished by the bees, and our selected Russian Breeder Queen …

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2011 Queen Rearing Begins!

The recent storms moving through here hampered our efforts at starting our 2011 queen-rearing program. However, I was able to make my selection of a Russian Breeder Queen in the last few days. She is a daughter of a Russian Breeder originally obtained from Glenn Apiaries of Fallbrook, CA several …

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