Anarchy Apiaries is only selling cold-hardy, survivor stock queen bees this year.
For Langstroth Nucs -
Ramona is hauling treatment-free, Russian small- cell nucs from east Texas to MA. Freetobee.com
Treatment-Free Queen Bees
Anarchy Apiaries is now taking orders for mated queen bees. Shipping and pickups start in February.
We keep around 14 families of diverse lineages (I mean, survivor mutts). We are promoting Russian-type stock for winter hardiness, pollen hoarding, and disease resistance. We have Italian-type stock that maintains bigger clusters, responds quickly to stimulus, and likes longer broodrearing seasons. Our queens are certified-European by FDACS. By April, we start raising cells from only northern-based families unless requested (orders of 50+ queens). We graft from 2+ year old queens from two different families each week and generally provide both families in each queen order. On request we can provide the breeder numbers for the queens we provide, and we appreciate feedback on their performance. Queens are caught at three weeks after cell placement, with their own capped brood present. All bees are treatment-free since 2005 and will continue to be so. We have seen the good, the bad, and the bugly.
1-14 queens $35 each, plus shipping USPS Express $23, with attendants in the cages. Remove attendants before introduction if you are sure you won’t lose the queen.
15-29 queens $33 each, plus shipping UPS, 1 – 2 day, price varies, with cover bees in battery boxes.
30-49 queens $30 each.
50+ queens $28 each.
Pickups - $30 each, minimum 2. Pickups are in Broward County, FL, February-March, and Columbia County, NY, April-August.
Marking is available upon request for $2 per queen.
A limited number of second year (white dot), NY raised queens are available for potential queen-raising purposes. $100 each.
Email is preferred: email@example.com. Texting is also a viable option, 406-396-8357, and preferred over voice messages. The phone makes my head hurt.
Please order as soon as you know your shipping date (a Monday or Tuesday) to reserve. If we do not respond within a week, likely nothing is available at that time. Once your order is confirmed by us via email/text, we will next contact you by two days before your shipping date, with payment due then via credit/debit card/PayPal online or by mailed check/money order.
We prefer that these queens not be used in emergency situations- fixing hives with laying workers or hopelessly queenless and broodless situations. Even if the queen is accepted, by the time new offspring emerge the population will crash. Instead, we recommend making back-up nucs during peak season. Make one or more nucs per large hive, feed them VERY well, and support them to get through winter.
We recommend making splits with clean, well-nourished brood. Beyond visual inspection, the best way to assure the health of brood is by using it for a split 6 weeks (2 brood cycles) after its hive’s last brood break- that is, 6 weeks after installing from a package or swarm or 6 weeks after the hive requeens itself by swarming, superceding, or splitting. We recommend all beekeepers raise their own queens during swarm season by whatever means- using natural emergency cells, swarm cells, cut combs, or grafting. A viable beekeeping future entails everyone raising their own local queens.
It’s not about whether you treat your bees or not; it’s about if you are making bees every year or buying bees every year. If you are good enough at making bees, then you can go treatment-free. It’s taking the challenge of beekeeping to the next level and the next generation. We hope to provide some genetic lines that will further your hives towards resilience. Bees have taught me to have faith in the adaptability of nature and that everything will basically bee ok.
Take it beezy.