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Queen Sales

Both Sterling and West Greenwich Locations.

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OHB Saskatraz 


Saskatraz hybrids are produced in Northern California (Orland area) exclusively by Olivarez Honey Bees using Saskatraz breeder queens constructed in Saskatchewan, Canada by Meadow Ridge Enterprises (Breeder and CEO, Albert J. Robertson). A detailed review of the Saskatraz project (established 2005) including breeding methods, published research articles ,power point presentations and information on individual breeding families, including Saskatraz hybrids can be found at

Saskatraz breeder queens are selected for honey production, wintering ability, temperament, tracheal mite resistance, varroa tolerance / resistance and brood diseases .The Saskatraz breeding program uses recurrent natural selection to select for varroa tolerance in productive colonies with good economic traits.

Saskatraz breeder queen traits:

Excellent honey production

Good wintering ability

Selected for increased varroa tolerance and resistance to brood diseases

Show increased hygienic behavior



Carniolans are known for their winter hardiness, rapid spring buildup, and exceptional honey production. They show excellent resistance to tracheal mites and are great comb builders. And this year, in addition to our northern Californian queens, we will be offering Carniolan based queens bred in Vermont for our New England winters.

Carniolan traits:

A good choice for colder climates

More likely to forage on cool, wet days than other bees

Quick to brood up when nectar is available

Excellent honey producers



"VSH" traits to enhance disease and mite resistance or tolerance.

Italian traits:

Gentle and easy to manage (a good "beginner bee")

Prolific brood producers

Highly hygienic

Good comb builders

Excellent foragers

Excellent honey producer

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