Queens

Cost: $40

Description: My original stock was Russian, but since that was years ago and honeybees open mate, I prefer to call my bees “Ontario Mutts”. Rather than focus on maintaining a pure historical line, I select my breeder queens strictly based on the demonstration of desirable traits. By doing so I’m able to produce stock that has access to all the best genetics our area has to offer. In my breeding program I select for docility and honey production. I only breed from queens that are at least 3 years old and have proven their ability to survive our winters.

Availability: June to September. Since I raise my own queens here in Ontario, the timing of the availability is dependent on the spring weather. Based on previous years, I estimate that my queens will be available by early to mid-June.

Nucs

Cost: $220 ($50 deposit, and $170 upon receipt of the nuc)

Description: My four frame nucs include 2 frames of brood, 1 frame of feed, 1 frame of drawn comb, 1 queen, and approximately 2 lbs of workers. I do not use foreign queens in my nucs – all of my queens are reared by me and are well adapted to the local climate.

I have never used antibiotics or synthetic miticides on my bees, so all of my bees and comb are free from residues.

I do not resell nucs from wholesalers – all of my bees are produced in my own apiaries using organic management practices.

Availability: May to June. Overwintered nucs – produced at the end of last summer – are available in early to mid-May. Spring nucs – produced this spring with a newly-reared queen – are available as soon as the first queens are ready. Based on previous years, I estimate that my spring nucs will be available by early to mid-June.

Introductory Beekeeping Course

I also offer a one day introductory beekeeping course. My goal is to give people enough knowledge of bee biology, hive management, and bee pests and diseases to keep their bees alive and avoid the common mistakes. We’ll also head out into the yard to practice properly working a hive, checking for disease, and just get comfortable handling bees and frames.

Cost: $100+HST

Description:

In The Classroom

Bee Biology

– The Three Castes

– Lifecycle of the Bee

– Life of the Hive and Seasonal Cycles

Basic Components of the Hive and Other Equipment

– Singles vs Doubles, Box Sizes, Frame Types

– Optional Equipment: Queen Excluders, Bee Escapes, Screen Bottom Boards

– Smokers, Hive Tools, Monitoring Tools, Gloves, Veils

Queen Issues: How to Identify and Correct Them

– Swarm Cells Vs Emergency Cells Vs Supercedure Cells

– Drone Layers

– Laying Workers

– Introducing A New Queen

Bee Diseases: Diagnosis and Treatment

– Varroa Mites

– American Foul Brood

– Nosema

A Beekeeper’s Year

– Picking a Location

– Controlling Swarming

– When to Monitor and Treat for Disease

– When and How to Add Supers

– When to Harvest

– When and How to Feed

– Winterizing Your Bees

Resources for Beekeepers in Ontario

– Registering with OMAFRA

– Provincial Inspectors

– Ontario Beekeepers Association and the Tech Transfer Program

– Local Bee Clubs

In The Beeyard

– Lighting a Smoker

– Using Smoke Appropriately

– Opening and Working a Hive without Squishing or Agitating the Bees

– How to Monitor and Treat for Disease

– Stings and How to Deal with Them

– How to Introduce a Nuc and Help it Build Up

– How to Split a Colony

– Wrapping for Winter

What to Bring:

– A veil if you have one (if you don’t have one please let me know and I’ll make sure I have enough extras)

– Paper and pens for notetaking

– A bag lunch

– Lots of questions

When:

The course will begin at 9am and will finish whenever we’re done (5ish would be my best guess). It will be offered on the following dates:

Saturday, May 26 th

Saturday, June 2 nd

Sunday, June 3 rd

Saturday, June 9 th

More dates may be added if these are filled.

Where:

The course will be held at my home in Vars, ON, K0A 3H0

For more info call (613) 443-2101 or E-mail Me (click here)

Thanks and happy beekeeping,
Brian