Queen Rearing Season at Full Speed

We are into our queen rearing season full speed now that the daily temperature is consistently warm and our mating nucs have larger populations since several brood cycles have passed. Our 4th grafting was completed this past Friday.  We once again we grafted from our Sue  Cobey (Cobey11-40) Carniolan breeder queen which has been doing a … Read more

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. Since it was raining I … Read more

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 July 20th Let us know … Read more

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 Saturday our Carniolan daughters emerged. … Read more

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 from our third  grafting should begin … Read more

Found Strachan New World Carniolans

This afternoon we ended another busy week with Mary climbing a ladder to retrieve a swarm near one of our yards. Since the evenings have been  cold and damp  and the days have been getting rain  a number of hives have swarmed. Earlier in the week  at an apple orchard where we have  bees Mary found … Read more

Checking our 1st Russian Bee Grafting on Day 6

On Day 6 we had to check the results of our 1st grafting and had to remove the Cloake Board slide and close the rear entrance of the cell builder.  Our new queen cells are looking great. We used an old golf umbrella to protect the bees from an unrelenting rain.  This is the 1st … Read more

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 has been laying well. We chose … Read more

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 years ago.  When the original … Read more