Bee Keeping Practices

BeeWeaver Beekeeping Practices

Get back to the basics.... enjoy being a beekeeper, not an exterminator. Choose bees that don't need chemicals to survive.

The message is simple. Our dream of selecting and propagating bees with genetic tolerance or resistance to honey bee pathogens is a reality. Our queens will buy you peace of mind and enable chemical free or "organic" beekeeping. You will not need to constantly monitor mite levels, and repeatedly dispense expensive and/or dangerous chemical treatments to keep your hives alive. Colonies headed by Bee Weaver queens will thrive despite Varroa mites and viruses, while hives with queens from other sources will usually die without continuous and aggressive chemical treatment.

Bee Weaver queens will allow you to relax and enjoy the benefits of organic beekeeping today. Kick the habit of constantly worrying about mite levels, and applying various chemicals to combat mites. Harvest organically produced honey and produce wax free of harmful chemical residues by using bees that beat mites naturally. You will be glad you did.

Bee Weaver Breed

BeeWeaver Queens and Bees are a combination of our very best All Star, Buckfast, and BeeSMaRt colonies.

Produced in Texas and available April - June.


Chemical Free

The Chemical Free Bee Dream... Came True:

1995 Weaver Apiaries divided into 2 companies, BeeWeaver and The R Weaver. During BeeWeaver's first season Danny started leaving yards of bees untreated for varroa mites.

1995-2000 BeeWeaver bred from surviving colonies (literally a handful in each yard the first several years) and continued to leave more yards untreated. In the process we lost 1000s of colonies, but we noted remarkable improvement in survival rates each season.

2001 BeeWeaver stopped treating hives for varroa mites completely. By 2001 nearly all BeeWeaver colonies had been chemical free for more then a year, but 2001 marked the year no acaricide was used in any colony.

2009-present BeeWeaver Bees are tested at Penn State and found to be resistant to diseases carried by varroa mites. Bringing our understanding of what BeeWeaver bees had become to a new level. BeeWeaver stock had become naturally hardy and less likely to succumb to bee diseases and infections. Simply by letting natural selection drive our bee breeding program BeeWeaver stock became the best all around bee.

Buckfast Lineage and BeeWeaver Queens

For many years, beginning in 1967, Weaver Apiaries was the only source of Buckfast queens and bees in North America. Buckfast bees were developed by Brother Adam and he derived that breed from bees that survived the Isle of Wight disease that wiped out most bees in England...


Do BeeWeaver Bees have Defensive Traits?

BeeWeaver tolerated more stinging to produce bees that did not perish when left hives untreated for varroa and tracheal mites. Between 1996 and 2002 our bees were more defensive on average with the chance of extremes in both directions (super gentle to intolerable). Since 2001 we have been able to refocus on all the traits that we want our bees to have including good attitudes. Each year there has been significant improvement. Not only in our opinion but in that of our customers. If our queen produces a defensive hive and circumstances (beekeeping techniques, hive location, pest problem) are not encouraging it then we replace the queen.