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   The Albuquerque Beekeepers' association is proud to support these local beekeepers. As with any purchase, please complete all of your research and bee well informed prior to purchasing packages, nucs, and queens. The individuals listed below will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  


Zia Queen Bees

Order ZQB 2023 Packages, Starter Nucs, & Additional Queens

This year marks the 19th anniversary of Zia Queenbees Farm here in New Mexico and also the 11th anniversary of our collaborative early spring bee breeding projects in the Santa Cruz coastal mountains of Northern California. We receive inquiries about our bees, the timeline, and the process and so here's some info for the curious....

Due to our high elevation and the late frosts, rearing bees in the early part of the year in northern New Mexico isn't possible. Despite the warming temps in March which begin to thaw the mountain snows, all that cold air comes racing down the canyons into the valleys and April tends to chill again. We have learned the hard and expensive way that trying to breed bees too early in this part of the world is detrimental to the bees....and so, in 2011 we began journeying to Northern California to visit with other queen producers, share and learn from each other,  and to share bee breeding stock.

That year we met an aspiring bee breeder and the following year, he invited us to bring some of our breeders to his mating yards. For 6 years we bred some early season queens there and helped him to develop his Northern California survivor stock. We kept all of those initial queens for evaluation and began testing them here in northern New Mexico to see if they demonstrated adaptive behaviors that were conducive to our environment. To our delight, they were and continue to be. Then in 2017, we began sharing these early season bred queens (which are Northern NM queens mated with Northern California drones in the Bay Peninsula Preserve).

This year marks the 5th anniversary of these shared queens and we continue to breed and share them with beekeepers here in New Mexico for those wanting bees earlier than our local climate will allow for successful breeding. We go out to the preserve starting in late January with some of our breeders so they can fatten up on the eucalyptus and rosemary and wildflower nectar flows to begin rearing queens in March. It is an arduous and expensive process vs. flipping bees from larger producers whose breeding programs may not be conducive to handling the diversity and adversity of our New Mexican landscapes.

If interested in ordering some of these packages and starter nucs with our NM derived bees and queens, we have opened up our ZQB 2023 Packages, Starter Nucs, & Additional Queens Payment po... As a smaller outfit, we like to share with our area beekeepers first and foremost.

Got questions, email us at or call us at 505.901.2102 or 505.929.8080

San Juan Apiaries / 2023 Nucleus Colonies

Locally raised 5 Frame Nucleus Colonies Available

We will again be offering 5 frame nucleus colonies made from splits of our local overwintered stock.Genetics: VSH Sourced Queens, USDA Baton Rouge / Overwintered San Juan Russian & Carniolan Stock

5 frame colonies will consist of a laying queen, with a minimum of 2-1/2 frames of deep brood of her

heritage, along with adequate honey and pollen stores.

Standard deep frame equipment only. Not suitable for Top Bar hive application.

$385.00 ea. No deposits (Limited Quantities) Pick up in Santa Fe to be arranged for beginning of May.

Order by email or phone: Please provide your name, location and phone number. Email with questions

or for additional information. Email at:

John Gagne

San Juan Apiaries


Papa Bear Honey- 5 FrameNucs

Craig Noorlander will be selling Nucleus (Nucs) this year. His goal is to make 150 nucs . These will only be Langstroth deep frames. As he gets his bee business back on it's feet, he will expand to Top Bars and Langstroth mediums. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at 505-281-7851. To get on the list please go to my Order Bees page

Weez Bees - Local Queens  

Gerald Weesner of Weez Bees in Rio Rancho is offering 2023 New Mexico mated and laying queens and nucs for 2023 from survivor stock. Call or email for availability.


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