Reaffirmation for the Honeybees!

In 2009 and 2010 we introduced (2) New World Carnolian Breeder Queens from Sue Cobey at the University of California,Davis. We also continued to get Russian Queens from Charlie Harper from Carencro, Louisiana. In 2009 we had separate Russian and Carnolian breeder yards. In  2010 we combined those breeding yards and the New World Carniolan … Read more

Honeybee Queen Flies Away

I recently sold a Carniolan Queen to a new beekeeper in Pennsylvania. She had been referred to me by another NJ beekeeper that knows us both. I am usuallyreluctant to send my valuable queens to an inexperienced home so I made sure she had a local mentor to help successfully introduce my queen. The queen … Read more

Mary’s Honeybee Pollen Patties

My homemade pollen patty is an important part of the diet we provide our queen bees to encourage strong egg production. Our young queens have nurse bees to support them, but may be short of foragers. We offer them a generous supply of a highly nutritious diet to ensure that they are not shortchanged. My … Read more

Results of Saturday’s Honeybee Grafting

Mary is viewing the grafting frame with 3 rails. The top two rails hold the New World Carniolan queen cells and the bottom rail holds the Russian queen cells. This is a wonderful view with new queens covered with many  young worker bees, two days after the grafting. By tomorrow these cells will be capped. … Read more

One Final Queen Grafting

We decided to do one final queen grafting for the season. In the top picture Mary is grafting newly hatched eggs from Sue Cobey’s New World Carniolan breeder queen. We turned off the air conditioning in the house about an hour before Mary began the grafting so we would not impact the 3 day old … Read more

Queen Grafting notes from January 2007

We successfully grafted 100 queens from an instrumentally inseminated breeder Russian queen that we purchased from Glenn Apiaries in May, 2006. We received the queen, in great condition, on May 5th and she was immediately accepted by the bees. She was a prolific layer and her laying pattern was beautiful. We received a second Russian … Read more

Breed Yard tour and Thoughts from 2006

The Church group completed their tour of our operation and breeding yard yesterday. About 17 adults and children took the tour and they had a great time. The weather was perfect and Mary as always did a great job telling the honeybee story. Mary and I are currently working with a mentor from SCORE on … Read more

Cloake Board Method

Morning: This morning Mary and I want separate directions. She took care of bank deposits and  customer follow-ups and I went to our glass supplier and picked up $1,300 worth of glassware and caps. Here is what our four-wheel drive looked liked when I got home. Afternoon: This afternoon we began moving our summer mating … Read more

2010 Russian Breeding Yard

Thought we would show you one of our recent breeding yard pictures. We are running Russian and New World Carniolan Honeybees. For the past two years we have been using New World Carniolan breeders queens from Sue Cobey and Russian Queens from Charlie Harper and we have not treated our bees for 8 years. This … Read more