2016 NJ Honeybee Queens

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 … Read more

Help your new queen get accepted

This is a good short story on why you may need to be prepared to help your new queen get accepted. Last week we knew our new Sue Cobey NWC Breeder (#4) was expected any day, but were waiting for the tracking info, so we could be prepared in advance for her arrival. However, she arrived … Read more

Beekeeping Business Goals for 2014

Now that Ed has retired we have begun enlarging our operation to 200 hives. In addition we are reworking our business and marketing plans to reflect our new business goals. Lastly we are continuing our queen rearing operation and next year our goal is to produce 1,000 queens. Since 2003 we have been using Russian … Read more

Honeybee Survival

Coming out of the 2012-2013 winter we experienced our worst bee loss in 17 years. It was a blow to us – our operation’s honeybee survival was at stake. Coming out of the prior 10 winters our average winter loss was always between 10-20% and that was with bees which had never been treated. We … Read more

New World Carniolan 2014 Breeder Queen

We confirmed last weekend that our New World Carniolan 2014 Breeder Queen will arrive the 1st week in May. This will be our sixth year that we will be bringing in a Carniolan Breeder queen from Sue Cobey. Mary has grown quite fond of the New World Carniolan queens; she finds them to be quite … Read more

Winter & Honeybees

The winter may be the most challenging time for honeybees in the northern climates. This winter has already thrown more at us than most years do.   We try to prepare for typical weather events in advance by adding extra heavy blocks on tops, and solid bottoms below, plus feeding if necessary.  But falling trees are … Read more

Shipping Honeybee Queens

SHIPPING HONEYBEE QUEENS Our queen rearing season has finally gotten into a rhythm. Coming into the spring we grafted our 1st session in April only to have the evening temperature drop to 28 degrees on the day we put out our 1st queen cells. Then we had a lot of days in early May when … Read more

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

New NWC Carniolan Queen Rescued

It was 7:00pm and I had just arrived at our NWC Carniolan Breeding yard.  Fog was just beginning to roll in as I began weed-wacking the yard.  As I completed my weed-wacking I noticed this small cluster of bees wedged in between two of our wind wall cinder blocks. I got down to my knees, … Read more