Island Bees

Island Bees Local queen bees from june- sept. member of ORHBS

Operating as usual

Throughout the 2020 breeding season , fresh mated queens will be available for pickup weekly in Waupoos. I only graft fr...
12/18/2019

Throughout the 2020 breeding season , fresh mated queens will be available for pickup weekly in Waupoos. I only graft from group one winter Hardy hygienic ontario stock.

The most important part of your hive is the queen bee!! Support a local breeding program and get the highest quality que...
12/04/2019

The most important part of your hive is the queen bee!! Support a local breeding program and get the highest quality queens available in Ontario. ORHBS member.

Got some varroa counts from testing conducted in august on potential breeder queens for next season. Almost no mites! Ve...
11/27/2019

Got some varroa counts from testing conducted in august on potential breeder queens for next season. Almost no mites! Very happy with these results as some hives were quite large and hadnt been treated since early june. Out of 9 queens tested over 60% came up group 1 and 2. Let's hope they make winter!

Heading on down south to waupoos! Still keeping bees in the north end of the county for making honey, moving queen breed...
06/18/2019

Heading on down south to waupoos! Still keeping bees in the north end of the county for making honey, moving queen breeding over to the new spot!

With the days getting longer it's time to plan for the upcoming bee season! We still have 10 extra mile nucs available f...
01/21/2019

With the days getting longer it's time to plan for the upcoming bee season! We still have 10 extra mile nucs available for the 2019 season. These are 4 frame nucleus colonies with a locally raised Ontario queen delivered to your door early June. The cost is 225$ for the first one and 200$ for any additional nucs. Please contact us to reserve yours or if you have any questions.

12/06/2018

Apologies to anyone trying to get some honey this last week. Im dealing with a nagging injury and its really slowed me down. Im hoping I will be back in action very soon to make some special deliveries! Thank you for your support! - Owl Farms Honey

We've restocked our roadside stand with amber and light 500g jars of local honey!!
10/18/2018

We've restocked our roadside stand with amber and light 500g jars of local honey!!

Some late summer varroa results from the Guelph crew! This helps determine which colonies have what it takes to be used ...
10/06/2018

Some late summer varroa results from the Guelph crew! This helps determine which colonies have what it takes to be used in production of 2019 queen bees!

Interested in keeping bees? Looking for a locally produced nucleus colony delivered right to your door? Ask about our Ex...
08/30/2018

Interested in keeping bees? Looking for a locally produced nucleus colony delivered right to your door? Ask about our Extra Mile Nuc service for spring 2019. Limited quantities available , details coming soon.

08/11/2018
Quinte Bee Rescue

When you buy Owl Farms Honey you are supporting the rescue and relocation of bees!
https://www.facebook.com/Quinte-Bee-Rescue-703105679809515/

Bee rescue is an important service and we have been helping the quinte area with this unique problem for 5 years!

"Who you gonna call ?"
Providing Quinte region with qualified removal of honey bee swarms and feral hives since 2013.

08/01/2018
07/26/2018
Can you spot the queen bee in this photo?
07/21/2018

Can you spot the queen bee in this photo?

Picked up a batch of queen cells from Shelter Valley Bee Co today. Time to make more hives!
07/06/2018

Picked up a batch of queen cells from Shelter Valley Bee Co today. Time to make more hives!

07/02/2018
06/09/2018

When you want local honey!! We only sell our own honey produced right here in Prince Edward County!

The black locust trees are blooming!
06/02/2018

The black locust trees are blooming!

Owl Farms Honey's cover photo
05/10/2018

Owl Farms Honey's cover photo

Owl Farms Honey
05/10/2018

Owl Farms Honey

04/21/2018

This queen here is the result of open mating the offspring of my favorite NWC (new world carniolian) in a mostly italian yard. Her workers have shown an incredible early build up and often forage in temps under 10c.

We still have some extra nucleus colonies for sale this spring. Message us now to reserve yours. A 4 frame nucleus will ...
02/17/2018

We still have some extra nucleus colonies for sale this spring. Message us now to reserve yours. A 4 frame nucleus will be $185.00 and available for late May pickup with an overwintered Ontario queen.

Some great research highlighting the advantages of local bees!
11/10/2017

Some great research highlighting the advantages of local bees!

At the very successful COLOSS Conference held in Athens last week, it was revealed that the COLOSS honey bee Genotype Environment Interactions (GEI) experiment had recently been lauded as one of the most important pieces of experimental work on honey bees in recent years and which deserved to be more widely known.

This was a Europe wide experiment in which 621 colonies of 16 different genetic origins were set up in 21 apiaries in 11 different European countries and managed by 15 research partners. Each location housed a set of colonies of local origin, together with at least two sets of colonies of non-local origin, assumed to be less well adapted to the environmental conditions. The colonies were set up in the late summer of 2009 and were managed and evaluated according to a standard protocol used by all participants until March 2012. No chemical treatment against mites or diseases was performed to allow the expression of tolerance factors. Apart from parameters such as overwintering and colony build-up, close attention was paid to vitality parameters, such as mite infestation level, hygienic behaviour and the occurrence of other diseases.

Especially notable from the results is the paper by Bűchler et al (2014) which demonstrates that local bees consistently survive better than other strains of bee. You can read: “The influence of genetic origin and its interaction with environmental effects on the survival of Apis mellifera L. colonies in Europe” here (Free to view): http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3896/IBRA.1.53.2.03

All of the results were published in a Special Issue of the Journal of Apicultural Research in April 2014: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tjar20/53/2?nav=tocList

Here is the introductory paper: “Honey bee genotypes and the environment” (Free to view): http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3896/IBRA.1.53.2.01

“The genetic origin of honey bee colonies used in the COLOSS Genotype-Environment Interactions Experiment: a comparison of methods” can be found here (Free to view): http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3896/IBRA.1.53.2.02

“Occurrence of parasites and pathogens in honey bee colonies used in a European genotype-environment interactions experiment” can be found here (Free to view): http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3896/IBRA.1.53.2.04

“Effect of genotype and environment on parasite and pathogen levels in one apiary - a case study” can be found here (Free to view): http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3896/IBRA.1.53.2.14

“Population dynamics of European honey bee genotypes under different environmental conditions” can be found here (Free to view): http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3896/IBRA.1.53.2.05

“Swarming, defensive and hygienic behaviour in honey bee colonies of different genetic origin in a pan-European experiment” can be found here (Free to view): http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3896/IBRA.1.53.2.06

“Colony development of two Carniolan genotypes (Apis mellifera carnica) in relation to environment” can be found here (Free to view): http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3896/IBRA.1.53.2.07
“Genetic integrity of the Dark European honey bee (Apis mellifera mellifera) from protected populations: a genome-wide assessment using SNPs and mtDNA sequence data” can be found here (Free to view): http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3896/IBRA.1.53.2.08

You can join IBRA here to gain access to all papers in this issue, and the entire back catalogue of the Journal of Apicultural Research to Issue 1 in 1962: http://www.ibrabee.org.uk/2013-05-01-02-30-7/2014-12-12-12-06-01

IBRA is a Registered Charity No 209222. You can make a donation to help our work here: http://www.ibrabee.org.uk/ibra-donations

We will be offering some nucleus colonies ( 4 frame starter hives) for sale spring 2018. Overwintered queens from ontari...
11/05/2017

We will be offering some nucleus colonies ( 4 frame starter hives) for sale spring 2018. Overwintered queens from ontario stock mated locally in prince edward county summer 2017. Mixture of italian and carniolian genetics.
$185.0 per nuc, 10 available for pickup ~may 20/ 2018. Keep us in mind as you prepare for bee season! 🐝

J.C.'s Bees
11/01/2017

J.C.'s Bees

Our bees love their wildflower meadow! Great source of fall nectar
09/24/2017

Our bees love their wildflower meadow! Great source of fall nectar

Owl Farms Honey
09/21/2017

Owl Farms Honey

09/17/2017

Our insect garden pasture is buzzing with life! We're lucky to be isolated a bit from the large farm fields where insecticides and herbicides are applied. Neo nicitinoid pesticides are especially dangerous as they are water soluble and can find their way into our fragile water table.

Stop by our roadside stand for some fresh summer honey! when you buy Owl Farms Honey you can rest assured that it only c...
09/13/2017

Stop by our roadside stand for some fresh summer honey! when you buy Owl Farms Honey you can rest assured that it only contains local raw Ontario honey collected by our bees here in Prince Edward county!

We've been seeing some great traits in queens that have been mating locally. Next spring we will have nucleus colonies (...
07/14/2017

We've been seeing some great traits in queens that have been mating locally. Next spring we will have nucleus colonies (4 frame starters) available for sale with over wintered queens

Remaining summer and fall honey available now!! 8$ / 500 g jar. Contact us to arrange pick up or delivery.
03/09/2017

Remaining summer and fall honey available now!! 8$ / 500 g jar. Contact us to arrange pick up or delivery.

Prunus domesticus in full bloom!
05/14/2016

Prunus domesticus in full bloom!

Check out this "water parsnip" that came up on its own in this boggy meadow!
05/11/2016

Check out this "water parsnip" that came up on its own in this boggy meadow!

Owl Farms Honey
05/07/2016

Owl Farms Honey

Owl Farms Honey's cover photo
05/07/2016

Owl Farms Honey's cover photo

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my good friend and lifetime beekeeper Bill McKee is giving an intro talk on beekeeping in Trenton! perfect for those who are buying bees for the first time this year or seasoned keepers who would like to refresh their knowledge!!
my good friend and lifetime beekeeper Bill McKee is giving an intro talk on beekeeping in Trenton! perfect for those who are buying bees for the first time this year or seasoned keepers who would like to refresh their knowledge!!