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Fine Nubian Goats, Honey Bees and Wood Working Since 1987
KB Farms Honey Bees

Honey Bees

Our bees came along the same year as our goats.  For many years we varied between two and four hives.  In the past couple of years, we have expanded our Apiary up to 10-15 hives.  We’ll see where we are in the spring of this year.  Our bees have been treatment free since 2002.  They are mutt bees, a mixture of Three Banded Italian, Russian, Carolinian, Buckfast, All American and wild bees in the area.  They are natural and small cell honey bees. They seem like good honey producers.  In a regular year, they make 60lbs a hive, while the boomer hives will give three to four supers in a great year.

 

Our bees are a mixture of the following races:

Italian Bees

The Italian bees are very gentle and great honey producers. 

Caucasian Bees

The Caucasian bees can work flowers other honey bees cannot work, due to them having a longer proboscis or tongue.

Carniolan Bees

The Carniolans build up fast, are not prone to robbing, very gentle and good comb producers.  They need to be watched for swarming  tendencies.

Russian Hybrids

The Russian Hybrids are more resistant to mites and winter hardy.  They tend to produce more propolis than other bees and are moderate honey producers.  However, as propolis is antibiotic, this may be more beneficial to the bees in resisting diseases in the long run.   They tend to be a bit more defensive than other bees.  We have one hive that we established from a swarm last year that are tremendous propolis producers.  We are considering putting in some propolis screens this year and harvesting  propolis from this hive.

Buckfast Hybrids

The Buckfast Hybrids have a stronger resistance to tracheal mites than other bees and good hygienic behavior.  They also tend to be a bit more defensive than other types of bees.

Minnesota Hygienic

The Minnesota Hygienics are good honey producers and more resistant to American Foul Brood.