Frequently Asked Questions


What breed of bees do you sell?

The Queen Stock Wooten’s use is originally from Northern California Homer Park Italian Queens has been enhanced and selected to meet the needs of U. S. bee industry. Queens have been proven throughout the years to do well in all areas.

How do you select your breeder Queens?
We select from our production hives during the main honey production season for traits important for prospective breeder stock. Breeder queens are chosen for hygienic, gentleness, disease resistance, large brood production and high honey production. Promising hives are marked for further evaluation.

Do you sell inseminated queens?
All queens are free flight natural mated. Drones are raised from selected queen mothers with extra drone comb to insure ample drones for open mating and quality of sperm for the queen’s lifetime supply.

What months are queens available?
Queens are available in April –June. Due to the hot weather in July and first of August we do not ship. We start up again in late August –September for the fall queens.

Are queens guaranteed?
All Queens are guaranteed to arrive alive and healthy. It is not uncommon for one or more of the worker bee attendants to die. Please phone within 24 hours of receiving the queens for replacements if there is a problem.

Do you ship international?
We ship mainly within the US due to the perishable nature of queens bees. Queens with attendant bees can now be shipped into Canada and we will be qualified by May 2005 into major cities.

How are queens shipped?
Queens are sent via UPS Next Day Air and Express Mail. Queens are shipped in Calif. Mini cages in battery boxes or candy cages where the queen and bees are enclosed in the cage. Add $13-35 per shipment depending on your location.

Are your bees mite resistant?
In the past 8 years, our breeder queen’s bee were dissected and tested for mites with the priority to use only non infested stock, which created a tracheal mite resistant line. To enhance our Italian stock, with the influence and guide lines, of Dr. Tom Rinderer , Baton Rouge Honeybee Laboratory director, a program was developed, by setting aside know Varroa mite untreated infested apiaries, we have chose “survivor” queens as breeders. As a result we now have Varroa mite tolerant bees that are healthy and strong.