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2020 ITALIAN QUEEN: MARKED & MATED. PICK UP AT STORE AROUND JUNE 24

Marked, Mated, and in JZBZ Cages Pick Up at Store Only.  We do NOT ship queens.  Pre-Order and Pay now.  When queens ship, we will contact you for an appointment to pick up the queen at our store in Colorado Springs.

All orders are final. There will be a $20 re-stocking fee on unwanted queens.

Italian queens form the backbone of OHB. They choose their breeder queens based on the hive's performance in honey production, gentleness, brood-rearing viability, and overall ability to overwinter healthy and heavy. In addition, OHB has worked with the "Tech Transfer Team," developed by world-renowned entomologist Marla Spivak, since before its official launch in an effort to identify and maintain desirable traits in their current stock. They have infused the "Minnesota Hygienic" and the "VSH" traits into our Italian stock, in an effort to enhance disease and mite resistance or tolerance.

Italian traits:

  • Gentle and easy to manage (a good "beginner bee")
  • Prolific brood producers
  • Highly hygienic
  • Good comb builders
  • Excellent foragers
  • Excellent honey producers

NOTICE:  You cannot install a queen by herself into an empty hive or she will die.   You must have some worker bees in order for her to survive.

Preparing Your Hive to Accept Your Queen:  In order for a hive to accept a new queen, you must make sure that your hive is queenless.  Queenless means that there isn't a virgin queen in there (which happens after a hive swarms).  A hive "in transition" after it has swarmed will need about three weeks for a virgin queen to become mated and begin to lay eggs.  Many times, a hive will recognize a queen cell as their queen or a laying worker as their queen and reject a new queen that you introduce.  A hive may also be queenless if the queen, for some reason has become old or injured and has died.  Before introducing a new queen, make sure you have removed any virgin queens, laying worker, or queen cells and give them 24 to 48 hours to realize they are queenless.  Hives with hot or Africanized genetics are typically harder to re-queen...try smoking the hive a bit to get rid of old pheromone and use a requeening frame.

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