Package Bee Strains Available
1. – Alaska Honey Bee (AHB) Currently Available for 2017 Season. Breeders are from a colonies that have been surviving winters in Alaska, untreated (ZERO anything). Breeder Daughters mated in California. Since mating is done in California with multiple drones progeny will be hybrids. Russian Base line Genetics. Substitute queens incase of mating failures will be either IRS, or Carniolan.
2. – Improved Russian Stock (IRS) Breeders From the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Breeder Daughters mated in California. Since mating is done in California with multiple drones progeny will be hybrids. Russian, Caucasian Base Genetics. Substitute queens incase of mating failures will be either AHB, or Carniolan.
3. – Troy Hall Queen Daughters (THQD) New source honey bees for Alaska from New Hampsire. Troy Hall was mentored by Kirk Webster, and started his queen breeding operation with stock from Kirk W.. From Treatment Free Apiary. Breeder Daughters mated in California. The breeders are of Russian Base Genetics from Vermont Beekeeper Troy Hall’s Stock.
4. – New World Carniolan (NWC) First Cousin to the Russian, always a great choice.
5. – Italian – I do not consider Italian honey bees to be suitable for Alaska conditions, Always good brooding, comb builders, and honey producers. Not known to winter well in northern locations. Must have a five package bee Minimum to order Italians.
AHB / My Strain;
I breed bees in Alaska here in South-Central Alaska and send my breeder queens in the fall to my California package bee and queen producer where I supply my daughters in the spring to Alaska beekeepers in the form of package bees. I call my queens Alaska Honey Bee (AHB). I make no claims that my queen daughters are Alaska hardy, or better than other queens, they are simply queens from bees that have survived winters outside previously in the South-Central Alaska area.
My Breeders this year are from colonies Nathan Broumley’s apiaries, untreated (ZERO). Breeder Daughters mated in California. Russian Base line Genetics. Since mating is done in California with multiple drones progeny will be hybrids.
I get feedback from folks that report positive about my AHB strain, I do encourage beekeepers to partake of my strain, or any northern bred strain, and breed their own from wintered bees in Alaska.
All the queens in Package bees we receive, whether they are brought in by me, or any other supplier up here in Alaska, are mated outside Alaska, and mated with whatever drones might be flying at any given time. So Whatever strain you buy, from me or anyone else, their progeny will be 50% the strain labeled them, and 50% whatever they are mated with, but the drones produced will be 100% the strain labeled them. In my operation, and management I seek these drones from these strains to enhance my breeding efforts.