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BeeKind Honey Bees

Honey Bees

BeeKind Honey Bees

Each year we harness the honey bee colony's reproductive energy (during the early spring) to build up the colony size, by splitting them into smaller (nucleus/ nuc) colonies. The process controls their instinct to outgrow their hive and multiply into additional colonies (swarm), by maintaining the parent hive as a manageable size. We rear (raise) queen bees by simulating one of the colonies natural impulses (emergency queen replacement) to reproduce a new queen within the hive. We replicate this process at scale with specific timing, and delicate conditions, harvesting nearly hatched queen cells to be introduced to a queen-less colony to maturity (queen rearing). Once hatched the queen completes a mating flight, is confirmed to be laying, and harvested for a waiting queen-less nucleus colony.

Our bee stock production is almost completely Carnolian Honey Bees.

The Carnolian honey bee is favored among beekeepers for several reasons, not the least being its ability to defend itself successfully against insect pests while at the same time being extremely gentle in its behavior toward beekeepers. These bees are particularly adept at adjusting worker population to nectar availability. It relies on these rapid adjustments of population levels to rapidly expand worker bee populations after nectar become available in the spring, and, again, to rapidly cut off brood production when nectar ceases to be available in quality. It meets periods of high nectar with high worker populations and consequently stores large quantities of honey and pollen during those periods. They are resistant to some diseases and parasites that can debilitate hive of other subspecies.

Strengths

*Considered to be gentle and non-aggressive

*Can be kept in populated areas

*Sense of orientation considered better than the Italian honey bee

*Less drifting of bees from one hive to a neighboring hive

*When compared to the Italian honey bee, they are not as prone to rob honey

*Able to overwinter in smaller numbers of winter bees

*Honey stores are conserved

*Able to quickly adapt to changes in the environment

*Better for areas with long winters

*Fast rhythm of brood production and then brood rearing reduction when available forage decreases

*Low use of propolis

*Resistant to brood diseases

*For areas with strong spring nectar flow and early pollination

*Forage earlier in the morning and later in the evening, and on cool, wet days

*Workers live up to 12% longer than other breeds

Weaknesses

*More prone to swarming if overcrowded

*Low ability to thrive in hot summer weather

*Strength of brood nest more dependent on availability of pollen

*Unless marked the dark queen is difficult to find.

Nucleus Colonies (Nucs)

We offer two main payment options; Full Payment, or a 50% deposit (with the balance due at the time of pick up, or anytime before). Nuc boxes are included in the full price of the 4 or 5 frame nuc, and are not expected to be returned for a refund, as in the past.

We also offer three pick up locations; Armstrong BC, Revelstoke BC, and now Castlegar BC. Pick up details and directions to our Nuc yards with a map are emailed out 1 week prior to being available.

Pick up dates. We aim to have pick up in Armstrong BC for the May 21/22nd 2022 weekend, Revelstoke BC for the May 28/29th 2022 weekend, and Castlegar June 5th 2022. 

Please understand that these are expected dates, however each year's spring weather can significantly influence mating weather, which in turn can affect which weekend nucs are available for pick up. We appreciate customers can come from great distances, and will advise/ confirm pick up as soon as possible.

Pick Up Confirmation and Location. Roughly a week prior to expected pick up, customers will be notified by Email/ SMS when their nucs are available for pick up, along with directions to their pick up location, and a copy of the BC Bee Inspector's permit of inspection and sale. Please reply to our notification and confirm your availability to pick up at the selected date and time.

Mated Queens

Our queen rearing program is in full development mode, offering a greater quantity of mated queens to our customers each year. We aim to offer a consistent and increasing supply of mated queens from Mid May until Late July.

Ordering. Please let us know if you're interested in ordering our mated queens by sending an email to hello@beekindhoneybees.ca or checking back to when our shop shows availability during the Mid May until Late July time frame.