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    Default Danish Buckfast Queens in the US?

    Can this be right? Genuine Danish Buckfast queens…available in the US?
    Why do I think I'm missing something here?

    Our Danish Buckfast queens are daughters of genuine pedigree breeders imported from Denmark. The daughters are mated in our Florida apiary.
    http://www.danskfarms.com/servlet/th...oneybee/Detail
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    Default Re: Danish Buckfast Queens in the US?

    yes they are one of my favorites. He probably gets them from Ferguson apiaries in Canada. I buy mine through the Miksas.
    http://www.fergusonapiaries.on.ca/
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    Default Re: Danish Buckfast Queens in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericasBeekeeper View Post
    I buy mine through the Miksas.
    Miksa gets his breeders from Canada?
    There are a number of US queen producers claiming to have Buckfast but, as I understand it, they stopped importing germplasm from Europe decades ago...so the connection is pretty distant at best. And I wasn't aware of any that were claiming to have breeders directly from Europe.
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    I am going to order mine from Ferguson apiaries next year. I checked out the site in Florida but I have heard only good about Ferguson and his bees. I would like the same from Florida but I think going straight to the source is best.
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    I have three of Joe's Buckfast queens and they are outstanding! All were accepted right away and started laying like crazy as soon as they were released. I can't wait to see what these hives do next year! I definitely give Dansk Farms two thumbs up ......they were great to deal with!

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    Default Re: Danish Buckfast Queens in the US?

    I'd like to hear more details from danskfarms.com as to their source and lineage. This statement is on their website: "Our Danish Buckfast queens are daughters of genuine pedigree breeders imported from Denmark." Not trying to be critical, but that could mean just about anything you want it to mean. More details would be helpful to those seeking modern versions of Buckfast bees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zookeeper View Post
    I have three of Joe's Buckfast queens
    Who is Joe?
    Quote Originally Posted by AstroBee View Post
    "Our Danish Buckfast queens are daughters of genuine pedigree breeders imported from Denmark."
    This is kind of the question I was asking in the op. It is my understanding that importation of live bees from Europe is still illegal. Then someone suggested that they were from Canada. Some sort of double import scheme?
    There are several queen producers in the states that claim a Buckfast line. The Weavers in Texas and Miksa in FL come to mind. It is my understanding that their production queens are countless generations removed from the original Buckfast strains from Europe.
    I, too, might be interested in some genuine old world Buckfast genetics but have some misgivings about those advertised by Dansk. Basically, I was hoping that someone had some additional knowledge about their queens' origins.
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    Default Re: Danish Buckfast Queens in the US?

    I believe Miksa's Buckfasts come from Furgeson in Canada [personal communication]. Furgeson imported them a few years ago and breed and sell queens. One can order direct from Furgeson.

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    Weaver bought germplasm, or popsickle papas. Ferguson bought live bees. Miksa does not get queens from Weaver. They would not pass the queen certificate for Florida.
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    Default Re: Danish Buckfast Queens in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericasBeekeeper View Post
    Weaver bought germplasm, or popsickle papas.
    Eons ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericasBeekeeper View Post
    does not get queens from Weaver.
    Where/when did Miksa get his?
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    Default Re: Danish Buckfast Queens in the US?

    Well what the heck. I think I am going to order some from them maybe five, and then order from Ferguson apiaries in Canada around five from him. Then I can compare the two equally since I want to do a masive increase next year. Both sites read about the same just small language difference. I will see. Maybe send some for actual DNA. We will see.
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    Was trying to contact them today with the phone number on the website but get the recording that the number cannot be completed as dialed. Does anyone have their number to talk with them? Not very good in my book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beecrazy101 View Post
    Maybe send some for actual DNA. We will see.
    Huh?
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    Send samples for actual DNA analysis to find out if they r pure buckfast or just hybrids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beecrazy101 View Post
    Send samples for actual DNA analysis to find out if they r pure buckfast or just hybrids.
    I gotcha, but who would do the DNA analysis for the determination?
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    Buckfast bees are hybrids. Time to take my meds.

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    R they. When ur saying they r from the genes.of the Abby buckfast bee then they in my opinion r pure. Is that not a buckfast. Yes they r a.mixture of bees but they jabber their own gene pool so don't forget some extra meds for.me.
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    The voices made me jerk your chain. LOL they are quiet now.
    Why not pick up the phone and ask the question directly? None of us really know the answer to your legitimate question. Personally, I plan to try a handful on some spring splits and see how the perform here. Warmest regards, Rog

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    Default Re: Danish Buckfast Queens in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by beecrazy101 View Post
    Was trying to contact them today with the phone number on the website but get the recording that the number cannot be completed as dialed. Does anyone have their number to talk with them? Not very good in my book.
    The Fergusons are a small, family operation, and much of the administration and ordering was done by their daughter, Sherri. From what I understand, Sherri had a serious motor vehicle accident in July, was badly injured and hospitalized. That has made things difficult for them, personally and professionally. When I got my queens from them in August, they were still reeling from the ordeal. I don't know how Sherri is doing now.

    Have patience and keep trying. I would also advise emailing as well.

    I got 10 of their queens for nucs. They built up well, but it's early to say much about their performance. The Fergusons were very nice to deal with, though.

    Adam

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    Default Re: Danish Buckfast Queens in the US?

    Hey rog. Tried to call but the number is not in service or shut off. Emailed to see if I can get a response to order some for next spring. Going to get some from Ferguson which I have only heard good things about. So we will see
    Let bees be bees.

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