Olivarez Queens – May 15th Calgary Only


AlbertaBees.com is offering OHB mated Italian and Carniolan queens for May 15, 2018 pickup in Calgary. Shipping can be arranged at the expense and sole responsibility of the purchaser. Please contact for more information on shipping.

Deadline to order is May 1, 2018 and queens MUST BE PICKUP WITHIN 1 DAY of their arrival into Calgary.

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AlbertaBees.com is proud to offer quality mated queens this spring!

Olivarez Honey Bees (OHB) has been raising queens in Northern California for over 50 years. Read more about them HERE.

We are offering Italian and Carniolan. Please select from drop down list.

From OHBees.com:

OHB Italian Queens

Italian queens form the backbone of OHB. We choose our 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 our current stock. We’ve 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

OHB Carniolan Queens

Carniolans 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. OHB has sources for instrumentally inseminate breeder queens (Strachan Apiaries “New World Carniolan”). The queens we produce from these breeders are open-mated with all of our stock for genetic diversity and hybrid vigor.

Carniolan traits:

  • A good choice for colder climates
  • More likely to forage on cool, wet days than other bees
  • Quick to brood up when nectar is available
  • Excellent honey producers

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Italian, Carniolan, No Preference


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