One of the main branches of our activity is represented by queen rearing. The breeding material for Buckfast queens comes from the most prestigious queen breeders from Europe. Therefore, to offer further quality material, the control over matings is providential.
Nearby the mating station we have about 450 colonies(we just increased the number) with queens descending from F0 breeders with extraordinaire performances and as it is well-known, in order to obtain a quality production bee, a diversity of drones is needed, so the colonies contain daughters from the following lines:
Video: Raising Queen Bees – our method
Considering the necessary number of drones per nucleus, from specialized knowledge, we ended up having 20 times more. (approx. a million mature drones in mating station during mating period). This flood of drones has the role to neutralize the risk of appearance of wild swarms drones in the rarely case they get closer to the mating station area.
After capping, the queen cells are introduced into incubators and taken out before or after emerging as needed.
We keep the queens in the mating hives at least three weeks to get mature and to be easy accepted in their new colonies.