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McComBees
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16832 Prine Rd, Yoder, IN 46798, USA
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Dave McComb

Bee Information
Bees for sale?
  • Queens
  • Nucs
What characteristics do you use to select your breeding stock?
It's important to carefully consider the source of the bees and queens you purchase, as the genetics and health of the bees can have a significant impact on the success of your apiary. McComBees Apiaries specializes in small quantities of high-quality queens for hobbyist beekeepers. I am a certified queen rearer of the IQBA Indiana Queen Breeders Association, a not-for-profit corporation organized to train beekeepers in queen rearing techniques and to facilitate greater value and production of genetically superior cold weather survivor stock, parasitic mite and virus resistant queens. Rather than focusing on maintaining individual breeds, the goal of the IQBA is to promote stock that has proven in the field to have traits that are important to Indiana beekeepers.
Where is the source of your bees and what strain(s) are they?
IQBA Instrumentally Inseminated Breeder Queen

Grafted Stock from the IQBA Field Day

Grafted Stock from My Apiaries

Where do the bees overwinter?
At my apiary locations in Northeast Indiana
Do the bees spend the whole season in your home location? If not, where do they go and when, and for how long?
Yes, I have permanent apiary locations.
Do you monitor for varroa mites? How and how often?
Monitoring for varroa mites is crucial when raising queens and nucs. The data obtained from mite washes helps me determine which queen genetics to continue using in the next season. I check for mites at the end of the honey flow, before treatment, during the treatment process, and again after the treatment cycle is completed. Since I only use oxalic acid vaporization for mite control, monitoring mites is essential for achieving high overwinter success.
Have your hives been inspected by an inspector?
My bees are annually inspected by the State of Indiana for out-of-state bee sales.
Anything else?
By starting your apiary with healthy bees from your community, you are likely ensuring that your new hives will have a strong foundation and will be well adapted to the local environment. It's important to carefully consider the source of the bees and queens you purchase, as the genetics and health of the bees can have a significant impact on the success of your apiary. For purchase I offer two types of four-frame Northeast Indiana Nucleus Colonies. Both are made from my apiaries' bees and an IQBA (Indiana Queen Breeders Association) queen cell. Multiple queen breeding efforts have contributed to the genetics of these nucleus colonies.
Contact Information
Phone: 260-638-4943
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