Now is the time to place orders for your honeybee colonies. Here at AJ Honey Farms, we offer several options to choose from. Please click here to start shopping.

 

We want you to be able to choose the colony that is right for you. Here are some things to consider.

 

Italian Honeybees – (Apis mellifera ligustica) Are a subspecies of the western honeybee. They are the most popular bees in North America, and are known for being gentle, good honey producers, and creating strong colonies. Italian bees are adaptable to different climates and are typically reared in the south. In colder climates, they have difficulty forming tight clusters because they need to consume extra food.

 

Carniolan Honeybees (a.k.a. Carny’s) – Known for their winter hardiness, rapid spring buildup, and exceptional honey production. They have a genetic trait to swarm and are less prone to hive robbing. Carniolan honeybees are adapted to long hot summers and cold winters, making them the ideal choice for many beekeepers all across the US. They are also known for responding quickly to changes in food sources, being as gentle as Italians, flying at cooler temperatures, and being thrifty with stored honey reserves during winter.

 

Buckfast Honeybees – Are a hybrid breed of honeybee developed by Brother Adam at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, England in the early 1900s. They are a cross between many subspecies and strains of honeybees. Buckfast bees are known for being docile and not aggressive. They are also highly resistant to the tracheal mite, which can cause devastating colony loss. They have a low tendency to swarm, they are economical in the use of winter stores, they are accustomed to building up the hive size quickly in the spring, and they are often compared to the Carniolan honeybee.

 

New Beekeepers will want to start our with our nucleus colonies (Nuc’s – pronounced nukes). This is 5 frames drawn out with comb. The queen is in production, laying eggs in the comb cells and there are all stages of development from newly laid eggs to emerging honeybees. These frames also contain resources that the colony has been able to collect such as nectar and pollen. Nucleus colonies can have a jumpstart on the season due to the advanced stage of development. Simply take out 5 frames from your bottom brood box and replace with these frames.

 

Existing beekeepers can opt for purchasing package colonies. These colonies have 3 pounds of honeybees that come in a box that is screened for ventilation. The queen is placed in a separate cage that is then hung in the box so that the workers can take care of her during travel time without her getting hurt. There is a can of sugar water placed into the center of the package box that will provide food during their travel. There is no drawn comb or nectar and pollen resources. The colony will have to build and gather resources before the queen can start laying eggs. If you have drawn comb from pervious hives. This can be used to help jumpstart a package colony. Installing a package can seem to be a little more daunting than installing a nucleus colony but is still very easy to accomplish.

 

As always, we are here to help with any questions or concerns. Stop in and see us or give us a call.

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Miah Davis
December 16, 2023

Excellent selection of locally sourced honey! The smokehouse raw honey is absolutely fantastic! Thank you!!

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Jan Steen
December 14, 2023

Neat store! Some very unique products including beekeeping supplies. The smoked honey is amazing and the staff was super helpful and friendly. Glad I stopped in.

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Craig Bowerson
December 13, 2023

Love their honey and their products. Great staff and always great customer service.

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Jessica Bowerson
December 13, 2023
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Dustin Birdsong
December 4, 2023

Was able to visit their booth at the central mall. Very nice display and very friendly. Purchased 9 straws of honey, all of various flavors. Will definitely purchase again!

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Martha Yoder
December 1, 2023

Always have a wonderful experience when I visit here. My daughter went with me today, for the first time. She thought it was a cute little shop.

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David Clovis
November 24, 2023

Everyone should check this shop out. Wonderful product.

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G.F.
November 24, 2023

Allen, Judy and their team are incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and genuinely care about their customers. The quality of their honey is absolutely outstanding, which is why I have been a loyal customer for years. I highly recommend them to anyone in search of pure honey.

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Erick Smith
November 10, 2023

Raw local honey, great people providing great service

this is some of the best honey I have ever had. Thank you for the care and love you've given these magnificent helpers.

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Jessi Mahurin
September 14, 2023
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Jenna Rodine
September 13, 2023

What a great place! We picked up local honey for allergies! I also bought all natural scents for our warmers too! We will be back for more!

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Gayle Bandt
July 4, 2023

A really cool place with lots of honey products. We will be sure to go back. I really liked the cinamon honey straws. I think I will get cinamon honey next time.

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weirdone8098
June 2, 2023
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Karen Kempton
May 31, 2023

Love all the products. Great for local allergies.

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Ted Maciejewski
May 23, 2023

What an awesome place. I picked up some creamed honey, and it's the best I have ever had. The lady at the counter was super nice .

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