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2021 COLORADO SURVIVOR QUEEN MARKED/MATED. PICK UP AT STORE ONLY!

2021  Mated Colorado Survivor Queen in California Mini cage w/ candy plug Pick Up at Store Only in Colorado Springs.  We do NOT ship queens.  Pre-Order and Pay now.  Queens must be picked up within ONE BUSINESS DAY after ordering.  ALL QUEENS MUST BE PICKED UP AT THE STORE IN COLORADO SPRINGS...WE DO NOT SHIP THESE QUEENS.

PLEASE INDICATE YOUR DATE AND PICKUP TIME ON YOUR ORDER!!!  QUEENS ARE BANKED IN OUR MONUMENT APIARY…ORDERS PLACED AFTER CLOSE OF BUSINESS MAY BE PICKED UP TWO BUSINESS DAYS AFTER ORDERING.  WE DO NOT BANK QUEENS IN THE STORE.  WE COUNT ALL OF THE QUEEN ORDERS BEFORE WE LEAVE THE STORE AND BRING THEM DOWN THE FOLLOWING MORNING.  IF YOU PLACED AN ORDER AFTER BUSINESS HOURS, WE WILL NOT SEE IT UNTIL THE NEXT DAY.  WE DO THIS TO ENSURE THAT THE QUEENS ARE BEING CARED FOR PROPERLY SO THEY REMAIN HEALTHY FOR YOU.  THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.

All orders are final. There is a $30 re-stocking fee on unwanted queens that have not left the store.  There are NO REFUNDS on queens that have left the store--  NO EXCEPTIONS.

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.  These cages have a 3-day candy plug...your queen should naturally release in 3 days; however, it is your responsibility to check this and make sure she is released...if she hasn't by day three and she's been accepted, then you will need to manually release her.

The Italian honey bee is thought to originate from the central and upper southern regions of continental Italy and are known for their winter hardiness, rapid spring buildup, and exceptional honey production. They show excellent resistance to tracheal mites and are great comb builders. Queens produced from this breeder are open-mated with all of their stock for genetic diversity and hybrid vigor.  Italian brood up quickly in the spring, tend to be low to moderate propolis producers and are excellent honey producers.  Extremely gentle bees--winter well in Colorado and are great for beginners.

Colorado Survivor traits:

  • gentleness
  • winter hardy
  • excellent honey producer
  • very prolific
  • less inclined to swarm
  • white honey cappings
  • cleanliness
  • resistance to diseases, especially for the darker sub-variety
  • willing to enter supers
  • excellent comb builders
Species: A. Mellifera
Subspecies: Colorado Raised
Genus: Apis

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 queen-less.  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 queen-less 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 queen-less.  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 re-queening frame.

All orders are final. There is a $30 re-stocking fee on unwanted queens that have not left the store.  There are NO REFUNDS on queens that have left the store--  NO EXCEPTIONS.

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