WILD SURVIVOR QUEENS
VSH / SMR / RUSSIAN
PACIFIC NORTHWEST WILD SURVIVOR STOCK
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TRANSFORM YOUR COLONIES
REQUEEN WITH OUR TESTED & PROVEN STOCK:
HARDY & HYGIENIC - DISEASE & MITE RESISTANT
WORK AT COOLER TEMPRATURES
ABUNDANT DRONES - ISOLATED MATING YARDS
13 YEARS NO CHEMICAL MITICIDES - 5 YEARS NO FUMAGILLIN ...read more here
SELECTING FOR NOSEMA TOLERANCE SINCE 1997
If your spring packages have not been specifically bred for mite & disease resistance, consider re-queening with our proven stock later in the season to better insure the health and survivability of your investment. Unlike southern breeders, our climate prevents us from producing spring Queens...we invite you to discover, as we have, the clear advantages of summer/fall re-queening of your spring packages; splits; and full-sized colonies with our hardy, disease and pathogen resistant stock:
- Young, well-mated queens will continue to produce brood later into the fall.
- Providing adequate nutrition insures the development of necessary fat reserves in the late summer/fall emerging brood, resulting in improved winter survivability.
- Our queens produce conservative winter clusters that will build-up quickly in the spring as soon as feed becomes available, giving them an earlier start over spring-installed packages.
- Be aware that the best of Q's can't save colonies already heavily infested with mites. To create an environment capable of supporting your new queen's maturing offspring, we recommend treating with "soft" controls (such as Apilife Var; Hopguard; or Formic Acid) prior to re-queening!
OWA QUEEN BREEDING SELECTION CRITERIA:
- Hygienic Behavior - minimum of 95% removal of freeze-killed brood in 24 hours
- Varroa Resistance - 5% or below: UNTREATED. (Alcohol Wash Assay)
- Nosema Tolerance - Demonstrate vigor with high exposure: UNTREATED.
- Gentleness - Able to work without gloves.
- Swarming Behavior - Not prone to swarm
- Hoarding Behavior - Excellent Honey producers; Heavy pollen collectors
- Longevity -