About Our Stock
Breaking Free from Pesticide Dependency
We have been providing honeybees in the form of nucleus colonies (“nucs”) to local folks who need bees since 2011. We have always raised our own queens rather than ordering them in from out of state. People continue to report great success, productivity, and gentleness from our stock.
We believe that the beekeeping industry will never break free from dependence on pesticides if we continue using them. Furthermore, we have a hunch that treating for mites tends to select for stronger, more aggressive mites and more susceptible bees over time. According to Bee Informed Partnership, the threshold at which mites destroy a colony has been getting lower; in other words it takes fewer mites to damage a colony now than in the past.
Fed up with the treatment treadmill, we have been raising our bees naturally without antibiotics and using only organic mite treatments, going mostly without mite treatments altogether since 2009. After a little digging we found that over the last 7 years we have treated less than 4% of our colonies with any mite treatments whatsoever, and during the same time period our average winter losses have been below 30%. Tests have shown our colonies to be free of Nosema and we have never had chalkbrood or foulbrood in any of our colonies. Our hives are inspected by the WV Department of Agriculture annually.
We would like to use nutrition and genetics to do as much of the mite-fight as possible. We have begun documenting the mite-biting trait (“ankle biters”) in our colonies and selecting for lower mite build-up in our colonies.
“Over the last 7 years we have treated less than 4% of our colonies with any mite treatments whatsoever, and during the same time period our average winter losses have been below 30%.”
“We got home the other evening and got the 2 nucs in the hives… Today was my first chance to check them out. Marked Blue queens look great (marked well and look like Carniolan)
“Hives Temperament was A+. Brood pattern was A+ (3 full frames in each). I am very pleased.“Tom Kees
The vast majority of our colonies are led by queens that we raised ourselves from our gentlest, most productive, and most mite-free mother colonies. We regularly purchase mite-resistant stock, including Russian, VSH Italian, VSH Carniolan, or “ankle-biters” to help prevent in-breeding, as we have fewer than 100 hives at this point. All our queens are naturally open-mated and we use drone yards to maintain good control over the genetics in our valley.
Break Free of the Treatment Treadmill!
About Honey Glen
We’ve got bees and honey! We provide our local area of north-central West Virginia with honey, and help other folks get started with beekeeping too. We believe our honey is the best that money can buy for our local area. Learn More »
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