Russian Honeybees are Mite Resistant, Hygienic
and Cold Hardy
Sweet Mountain Farm’s entire operation is exclusive to certified Russian honeybees. The breeding stock comes from Manley Bigalk, Golden Ridge Honey, Cresco, Iowa, Bob Brachman, Cold Country Queens, Little Lake, New York, Steven Coy, Coy Bee Company, Wiggins, Mississippi, and Ronnie & Austin Smith of Smith Honey Farm, Petal, Mississippi.
Selected for the resistance to Varroa and tracheal mites, Russian bees exhibit hygienic behavior as well as cold hardiness. Frequently we see our Russian bees in flight on 40 degree days. Another unique quality of Russian bees is its ability to quickly adapt to environmental changes. Wisconsin honey bees will average 64 lbs of honey per colony yet it is not unusual for a Russian colony to produce 100 lbs.
Russian Bees require a different management style than other bee breeds. At SMF we choose to raise disease resistant Russian bees without the use of pesticide or miticide. The island location is unique keeping the bees isolated from potentially toxic soil and water.
Sweet Mountain Farm sells queens that are much later than queens produced in the south. Queens and nucs are raised here in Wisconsin when the drone source is good and the bees are strong. Queens are usually available in late June and July. (next Russian Queen Bees)
“Every ant knows the formula of its ant-hill,
every bee knows the formula of its beehive.
They know it in their own way, not in our way.
Only humankind does not know its own formula.”