Welcome to D and B Queen Farms!
The Queen

D and B stands for Dennis Heeney and Basil Gunther. We keep bees in north Kitsap county in Washington State. In the course of keeping our own bee populations in good genetic condition, we have an opportunity to supply local beekeepers with a limited number of extra special queens for fall requeening and nucs.

This year we are offering pure VSH queens open mated in areas most likely to be saturated with drones from our best overwintered colonies. Most breeder queens come from southern queen breeders, so crosses to locally overwintered colonies will be better adapted to  our area.

What are VSH Queens?  VSH stands for Varroa Sensitive Hygiene. Bees with the VSH trait reduce the reproductive success rate of the Varroa mite by removing mites from cells before they can successfully raise their young! The more Varroa a colony has, the greater the stress levels. Increased stress allows honeybee pathogens, viruses, and brood diseases,  a better opportunities to weaken the colony. Weakened colonies have a reduced chance of winter survival. VSH is a quality beekeepers can add to their colonies to help improve their overall success! Learn more about VSH bees...

Our Breeder Queen stock is directly from Glenn Apiaries Instrumentally Inseminated Dark VSH line. Since the drones produced from these daughter queens are from their unfertilized eggs, they will be 100% pure VSH and useful for spreading good genes into the surrounding areas or for use in instrumental insemination programs.

We want everyone who buys a queen from us to succeed so we have included many well written articles from reputable sources about queen introduction and the creation of nucleus colonies.

Queens will be available on a limited basis starting in mid August 2011 with prepaid orders given priority. Price is $30 US per mated and laying, marked (white) queen.

 Basil Gunther:basilgunther@gmail.com   >360-297-5075<
 Dennis Heeney:dennismillieh@aol.com    >206-842-5545<

Link to Basil's Bee Blog

(See how it's done on Basil's bee blog by clicking the link on the left)