Hive Jive: News & Workshops

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Our Survivor Queenbees

Queenbees from Zia Queenbee Co. produce colonies of excellent varied traits. When selecting bees, honey production is our primary concern followed by hygienics, pest and disease resistance, gentleness and longevity. Honey production is a great indicator of a good colony but hygienics and pest monitoring are vital to establishing a colony’s overall lifetime merit.

About Us

Zia Queenbee Company of New Mexico and Superior Honey Farms of Michigan are collaborative companies dedicated to producing the highest quality beekeeping products and services through sustainable and conscientious care of their hives and the surrounding landscape.

2020 Season Launch!

::: It's a special year indeed! ZQB has evolved over the years and we've taken different approaches and roles but some things have stayed the same. Such as our commitment to a  longevity-based breeding program and conscientious rearing protocol. We've branched...

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2019 ZQB Package Bees

It’s not impossible to get Locally acclimated Genetics in Honeybee Packages!ZQB is working with like-minded associates in Northern California using our northern NM Enchanted Empress and Longevibee Breeder Queens to produce high quality Queens for spring packages...

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Ready, Steady, Time to reserve your 2019 ZQBees!

Zia Queenbees  is gearing up for another phenomenal season! We've spent years learning our own NM microclimates, collaborating with local farms, farmers and pollinator enthusiasts, and also developing regional cooperation with like minded beekeepers. Mel is in the...

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2018 Queen & Bee Availability

2018 Queen & Bee Availability

For 2018, we are offering a variety of services and products like previous seasons. Like last season, offerings are limited availability as Mel has started grad school and will be participating in a few research projects. This year, Mark will be handling package bee...

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Quality through the Seasons

It is our goal and promise to provide you with the highest quality Survivor Queenbees available—Honeybees chosen by Beekeepers for Beekeepers. We are committed to conscientious beekeeping, From the shores of Lake Superior to the banks of the Rio Grande.

We ensure this by practicing sustainable beekeeping management techniques. We encourage healthy and considerate queen mating by allowing our queens to mature for an extended period of time (21-24 days minimum) in a larger mating nuc than most queen producers do. By doing this, we can verify our queens full brood pattern instead of just a few eggs. Saturating mountainous pockets with diverse survivor drone stock also promotes genetic cross-stocking. Well fecundated (mated) queenbees that have mated with a multitude of drones from a diverse pool (queenbee promiscuity) are found to be more attractive to their worker bees. Research evidence shows that having colonies with various sister and sub-sister families promotes an overlapping network of hive health and pest/pathogen resistance. Our conscientious protocols of extra time, space, and ample saturation of diverse genetic strains, guarantees that the Survivor Queenbees you receive from us are well-mated, proven layers with solid brood patterns and desirable genetic traits.