If you are new to beekeeping we can help guide you through the process of setting up your first beehive. It's fun, rewarding, and easy to do. Soon you will have your very own local honey. We have all the gear you will need in our shop at reasonable prices.
Our breeding stock has a long history in Ontario. My father's bees had all been victims of mites, so I needed somewhere new to start. An old time local beekeeper, and my mentor was the answer. My mentor had inherited his bees in the 1970's from his father. Some of their bee yards have been in the same location for over 80 years. The bees have been re-queening themselves since at least the 1980's without queens being intentionally introduced. Our bees are definitely accustomed to the Ontario climate. So, I was able to acquire these bees and use them as the genetic baseline for our breeding. They are predominately Apis Mellifera Ligustica in appearance. Most queens have the beautiful golden colouring associated with Italians, although this is not part of our selection criteria.
We also source some nucs from neighbouring beekeepers who's practices we respect.
Our breeding is based on trait selection rather than attempting to breed a specific race. We are focused on selecting for:
From all our out yards the best performing colonies according to our selection criteria are continuously collected, and brought to our three breeding yards. Each yard contains at least 45 colonies at all times. We try to have the best of the best at these yards. These breeding yards are not treated for mites except the use of organic oils, (no chemicals or acids allowed ). Thus the bees co-exist with mites or perish. Each spring the very best from these yards are chosen to graft from. Runner up colonies are used to flood the area with drones. Any poor performing colonies are removed and replaced with colonies from out yards. Each year I purchase queens from various sources which I install at a test apiary for over wintering and evaluation. Those that show promise are brought to an out yard, where eventually they may be selected to our breeding yards. We also source some nucs from neighbouring beekeepers who's practices we respect.
|Nucs and Queens||Order Date||Quantity||Price|
|Over Winter Nuc, DBA Queens||Starting January 2, 2017||1 to 19||$186 each|
|Over Winter Nuc, DBA Queens||Starting January 2, 2017||20 to 99||$176 each|
|Over Winter Nuc, DBA Queens||Starting January 2, 2017||100 and Over||Please Call|
|Spring Nuc, DBA Queens||Starting January 2, 2017||1 to 19||$186 each|
|Spring Nuc, DBA Queens||Starting January 2, 2017||20 to 99||$176 each|
|Spring Nuc, DBA Queens||Starting January 2, 2017||100 and Over||Please Call|
|Local Queens||1 to 49||$38.95|
|Local Queens||50 and Over||Please Call|
|Import Queens||1 to 49||$34.95|
|Import Queens||50 and Over||Please Call|
|Full Sized Colonies||1 to 24||$325|
|Full Sized Colonies||25 and Over||Please Call|
|Full sized colonies are comprised of two deeps full of bees (a ready for honey production colony) bottom board, inner cover, outer cover.
|Singles (Available June-Nov)||Quantity||Price|
|Singles||1 to 19||$245|
|Singles||20 and Over||Please Call|
|Single are one brood box hives, already in need of a second box|
|Top Bar Hive Shakes/Package (Available late May and on)||$235|
|You arrive with your top bar hive. We cage a queen and shake 3 lbs of bees into your equipment. You take your hive, set it up in your yard and release the queen.|
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