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Come visit us in Toronto August 15 - September 1, 2014 at the Canadian National Exhibition where we'll be buzzing with honey bee facts and sweet bee products including pure beeswax candles, honey, and bee-uty products from various local beekeepers. Also plan for the Western Fair September 5 to 14 in London, Ontario!

Watch CBC-TV's: The Nature of Things - To Bee or Not to Bee

"Could bees be an early warning sign of a larger problem with our ecology? Are they the canary in the coal mine for the health of planet earth?"

research

Dr. Tibor I SzaboWe are actively researching, protecting, and promoting honey bees. Our current research focuses on producing quality queen bees and innovations in beekeeping practices and hive design.

Since 1997 we have been selectively breeding honey bees for low varroa mite populations, large colony populations, high honey production potential, gentleness and hygienic behaviour with very positive results (published annually in the American Bee Journal from 1998 to 2003). Queens and colonies of selected stock have been distributed to beekeepers throughout Canada.

We are working on converting over 140 refereed research and miscellaneous related articles authored by Dr.Tibor I. Szabo (pictured) to a web accessible format. Tibor authored these articles during his distinguished career as an Apiculturist for Agriculture Canada, Adjunct Professor at the University of Guelph, and independent researcher with his company Szabo Bee Enterprises.

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The following is a sample draft of an article published in the American Bee Journal:

A high platform fastened to large trees holding the nucleus and drone colonies.

Honey bees in bear territory.

In the spring of 2004 a black bear wandered South from Northern Ontario to the Guelph area and Puslinch county. He destroyed 8 honey bee colonies approximately 3 km from our apiary. Shortly therafter, we had a hive torn apart. The bear continued South and was shot...

Find out more ...

products

buy bees
Bees
Order honey bee queens, queen cells and nucleus colonies of stock selectively bred for large worker populations, honey production, gentleness and hygienic behaviour.

Queen Bee

Szabo Queens

Reserve your premium quality Ontario Queen Bees, Nucs, and Hives. To place an order or to inquire about ordering bees, please call: 519-836-5617

Mailing address:
Tibor Szabo,
4722 Townline Road,
Moffat, ON, L0P 1J0, Canada

By appointment only. Now taking orders for 2014!


Single Brood Chamber Colony
Includes inner cover and bottom board (no lid, your choice of screened or wooden bottom board).
$300.00 each
SOLD OUT
4-Frame Nucleus Colony
Prices for nucleus colonies do not include packaging. A choice of packaging is available.
$190.00 each
SOLD OUT
3-Frame Nucleus Colony
Prices for nucleus colonies do not include packaging. A choice of packaging is available.
$150.00 each
SOLD OUT
Caged Queen
$40.00 each

Queen Cell
$12.00 each

* Prices are subject to change.


buy honey
Honey

Discover fresh Southern Ontario wild-flower honey from local beekeepers.

Fresh Ontario Honey

honeycomb

We sell honey at the Canadian National Exhibition from the following Ontario Honey Producers:

  • B Hogan Apiaries, Bath, Ontario
  • B & E Honey Fields, Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  • Dutchman's Gold, Carlisle, Ontario
  • Honey by George, Mt. Elgin, Ontario
  • Lilley Bee Apiaries, St. Catherines, Ontario
  • Meadowview, Stouffville, Ontario
  • Szabo Queens, Puslinch, Ontario


buy propoplis

Propolis
Order propolis by the pound.

Propolis

To inquire about buying or selling propolis, please call 519-836-5617.

propolis

plants

Seeds
Plant nectar and pollen producing plants near your colonies to increase your honey potential and maximize pollen availability for healthy brood.

Nectar & Pollen Producers

Growing nectar and pollen producing plants makes your yard beautiful and helps to increase your local honey bee populations. The plants listed below are known to produce large amounts of nectar and pollen. Look for their seeds at your local herb shop or nursery. Plant them.

Blue Anise Hyssop

ANISE HYSSOP, BLUE
Agastache foeniculum

Life-Cycle: Perennial

Height: 90 - 150 cm

Spacing: 90 cm

Flowering Period: July - September

Honey Potential: 2,802 - 3,463 kg/ha

NECTAR AND
POLLEN PRODUCER


White Anise Hyssop

ANISE HYSSOP, WHITE
Agastache foeniculum

Life-Cycle: Perennial

Height: 90 - 150 cm

Spacing: 90 cm

Flowering Period: July - September

Honey Potential: 1,000 kg/ha

NECTAR AND
POLLEN PRODUCER


Blue Globe Flower

BLUE GLOBE FLOWER
Echinops rito

Life-Cycle: Perennial

Height: 90 - 150 cm

Spacing: 90 cm

Flowering Period: July - August

Honey Potential: 939 kg/ha

NECTAR AND
POLLEN PRODUCER


Blazing Star

BLAZING STAR
Liatris spicata

Life-Cycle: Perennial

Height: 60 - 90 cm

Spacing: 60 cm

Flowering Period: June - August

Honey Potential: unknown

NECTAR AND
POLLEN PRODUCER


Chapman Honey Plant

CHAPMAN HONEY PLANT
Echinops sphaerocephalus

Life-Cycle: Biennial

Height: >150 cm

Spacing: 120 cm

Flowering Period: July - August

Honey Potential: 1,646 kg/ha

NECTAR AND
POLLEN PRODUCER


Chivirico

CHIVIRICO
Leonurus sibiricus

Life-Cycle: Annual

Height: 90 - 150 cm

Spacing: 90 cm

Flowering Period: July - August

Honey Potential: unknown

NECTAR PRODUCER


Golden Honey Plant

GOLDEN HONEY PLANT
Verbesina alternifolia

Life-Cycle: Perennial

Height: >150 cm

Spacing: 120 cm

Flowering Period: August

Honey Potential: unknown

NECTAR PRODUCER


Oregano

GREEK OREGANO
Origanum Vulgare hirtum

Life-Cycle: Perennial

Height: 30 - 60 cm

Spacing: 30 cm
Flowering

Period: July - September

Honey Potential: 101 - 200 kg/ha

NECTAR PRODUCER


Lavender

LAVENDER
Lavandula angustifolia

Life-Cycle: Perennial

Height: 30 - 60 cm

Spacing: 30 cm

Flowering Period: June - July

Honey Potential: 51 - 100 kg/ha

NECTAR PRODUCER


Motherwort

MOTHERWORT
Leonurus cardiaca

Life-Cycle: Perennial

Height: 90 - 150 cm

Spacing: 90 cm

Flowering Period: June - August

Honey Potential: 201 - 500 kg/ha

NECTAR PRODUCER


Mountain Mint

MOUNTAIN MINT
Pycnanthemum pilosum

Life-Cycle: Perennial

Height: 90 - 150 cm

Spacing: 90 cm

Flowering Period: July - August

Honey Potential: 1,705 kg/ha

NECTAR PRODUCER


Oriental Poppy

POPPY, ORIENTAL
Papaver Orientale

Life-Cycle: Perennial

Height: 60 - 90 cm

Spacing: 60 cm

Flowering Period: June - July

Honey Potential: -

POLLEN PRODUCER


Annual Poppy

POPPY, ANNUAL, RED & PINK
Papaver spp.

Life-Cycle: Annual

Height: 60 - 90 cm

Spacing: 60 cm

Flowering Period: June - July

Honey Potential: -

POLLEN PRODUCER


Simpson's Honey Plant

SIMPSON'S HONEY PLANT
Scrophularia marilandica

Life-Cycle: Perennial

Height: >150 cm

Spacing: 120 cm

Flowering Period: July - August

Honey Potential: >500 kg/ha

NECTAR AND
POLLEN PRODUCER


Thyme

THYME, LARGE
Thymus pulegoides

Life-Cycle: Perennial

Height: 30 - 60 cm

Spacing: 30 cm

Flowering Period: July - August

Honey Potential: >500 kg/ha

NECTAR AND
POLLEN PRODUCER


Wood Figwort

WOOD FIGWORT
Scrophularia nodosa

Life-Cycle: Perennial

Height: 90 - 150 cm

Spacing: 90 cm

Flowering Period: June - July

Honey Potential: >500 kg/ha

NECTAR PRODUCER



buy beeswax

Wax & Candles
Pure beeswax candles burn clean with a characteristic golden flame.

candle production

Wax & Candles

Reduce your carbon footprint and burn only 100% pure beeswax candles. Renewable and natural, beeswax is produced by bees from the nectar of flowers. It burns cleaner than petroleum based paraffin and contains no synthetic fragrances. Buy beeswax candles at your local farmers' market and support local beekeepers.

To inquire about ordering wholesale hand-dipped tapers and moulded candles, please call 519-836-5617.


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tours

Beautiful Bees

Click the links in the list above for virtual tour slideshows of our beekeeping experiences, travels, and adventures.                  

Chile 2008

Queen catching and banking and accessible beekeeping in Chile, February 2008.                  

CNE Highlights

Highlights from our exhibit over the years at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto.                                    

Tour Extraction Room

A slideshow of honey extracting equipment.

Pollination

Preparing bees and loading a truck near Guelph, Ontario for blueberry pollination in New Brunswick.                  

about

honey removalThe Szabo family has been keeping bees for four generations. Márton Szabo acquired his first apiary in 1929 from a colleague at the railway station in Demecser, Hungary. Márton believed that beekeeping was a beautiful art. We are proud to post some of the work of his son, Dr. Tibor I. Szabo in the research section of this site. T.I. Szabo's formal study of honey bees began at the University of Budapest in 1957, has spanned over five decades, and has resulted in many accolades that include being honoured with the Order of Canada in 1987.

Located in Southern Ontario, Dr. Tibor I. Szabo and his son Tibor P. Szabo are honey bee Queen, Nucleus and Colony producers. With decades of bee breeding experience, the Szabo family strives to produce the highest quality queens bred specifically for disease resistance and high honey production potential. We are committed to the proliferation of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) through selective breeding and innovation in hive design.

Check out the blog section of this site for regular bee bulletins by site designer Daniel Szabo as he posts articles, updates and buzzes about what's happening on the web and in the community.

links

Please note that links from http://www.honeybees.ca to external sites open in new windows.

Apimondia
The website of the International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations.

Canadian Honey Council
News and information on honeybees and beekeeping in Canada.

British Beekeepers Association
The British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA) promotes bees and beekeeping in the U.K.

American Beekeeping Federation
The American Beekeeping Federation has been serving the needs of U.S. beekeepers for over 50 years.

Mann Lake
Premier worldwide beekeeping supplier.

Canadian Provincial Beekeepers Associations
The follow associations are dedicated to providing Canadian provinces with local support and pertenant information about beekeeping and honey production.

Alberta Beekeepers Association

British Columbia Honey Producers Association

Fédération des apiculteurs du Québec

Manitoba Beekers Association

New Brunswick Beekeepers Association

Ontario Beekeepers Association

Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association


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