A: Absolutely! That is a strong characteristic of our stock. We perform rigorous in-house testing and have yearly records of USDA Lab reports that correlate with our own findings.
We graft only from untreated colonies whose queens have been overwintered for a minimum of one season, and have passed our strict standards for these following traits:
Hygienic Behavior: Minimum of 95% removal of freeze-killed brood in 24 hours
This trait will reduce or eliminate Chalkbrood; AFB; and varroa mite levels w/o the use of chemical treatments
Varroa Mite Resistance measured by:
VSH trait: determined by Alcohol Wash Assay during spring brood build-up and fall peak mite infestation.
Grooming Behavior: determined by Alcohol Wash Assay during the winter broodless period
Extreme Pollen Hoarding Behavior enables our untreated stock to remain vigorous in spite of high levels of nosema ceranae. Our selection process is verified by in-house microscopic testing and USDA Laboratory reports.
Excellent Honey producers: Due to extended cool temperatures, our bees are aggressive foragers often working at cooler temperatures.
Gentleness: Able to work without gloves.
Swarming Behavior: Not prone to swarm when diligently managed to accommodate their rapid spring build-up once a food source becomes available
Overwintering: Exceptional survivability
Solid Brood Patterns