Singing Cedar Apiaries Queens
Here at Singing Cedars Apiaries, the focus of our breeding program is to breed traits from top breeders from the heartiest strains we can find into our northern stock. We are not trying to maintain strain continuity, but to develop a superior strain of our own. We have been keeping and breeding bees for 40 years in Vermont.
Drones from survivor colonies that have over wintered in Vermont are mated with larva from breeder queens from the following strains of Russian, Carniolian, and Purvis Golden bees to develop traits we feel give us a gentle, hearty, highly productive strain of bees very suitable for northern climates.
We only over winter our best producers, and requeen any hives not displaying the traits we are breeding for, and therefore, feel our survivors are the best queens for your needs.
We have been using RUSSIAN QUEENS from the coastal Primorski region of Russia. These bees have been exposed to Varroa mites for approximately 150 years and have developed a resistance to and the ability to cope with varroa and tracheal mites. They are very winter hearty and field mating them with our survivor stock of hearty producers gives us traits ideal for today’s northern conditions.
The traits we add to our stock from Carniolian breeders is their ability to winter well in severe climates yet build up well in the spring. Carniolian queens keep a very tight brood nest with heavy stores of honey.
All our queens are field-mated with drones from over-wintered survivor stock, and we only over winter our most productive hives.
Purvis Golden queens have been developed for their gentleness, and ability to survive multiple pest and environmental pressures without the aid of chemicals while producing superior honey crops. Breeding these traits into our stock of over wintered survivors has given us a line of bees that build up quickly in the spring, which is a highly desired function here in the northeast.
The latest strain we have started to incorporate into our breeding program are the Canadian Buckfast bees developed originally by Brother Adam in England. Besides their tendency not to swarm and high honey production, since the bees are now bred in Canada, they winter very well. They are also some of our gentlest bees, and they have a reputation for longevity. In one study in Canada, 89% of Buckfast queens were still strong 16 months into their lifespan.
|MARKED Queens (Northern Survivor
|Priced $28 per Queen with a flat rate $7.50 shipping charge.