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The Valley Hive's  VSH Italian Queens are bred exclusively from instrumentally inseminated VSH breeders, and are selected for mite resistance, gentleness and rapid spring buildup.  VSH stands for Varroa Sensitive Hygiene, and is one of the keys to keeping healthy, mite-resistant colonies. Pick up at The Valley Hive. Please call (818) 280-6500 for  shipping information and quantity discounts. 


Our VSH Italian Queens are mated approximately three to four weeks prior to being shipped.  Once the queens are mated, they must then prove themselves by laying a consistently solid brood pattern for at least two weeks during this period.  The queen bees that ultimately are chosen for sale  are our best quality queens.  Bees exhibiting the VSH trait interfere with the reproduction of varroa mites by detecting and removing bee pupae that are infested with varroa mites.  This VSH activity slows the spread of varroa and keeps mite populations below damaging thresholds for long stretches of time, thereby reducing or eliminating the need for chemical treatments.  Bees that are bred for VSH traits are not only vigilant in their resistance to varroa mites, but they are also super hygienic in general, which gives them excellent natural resistance against American Foulbrood and Chalkbrood.  By selecting for the VSH trait, most VSH breeders  have developed mite resistance to such an extent that they do not need to treat their VSH breeding stock with any chemical treatments whatsoever.   Pick up at The Valley Hive. Please call (818)280-6500 for details about shipping and quantity details. 

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We are open 7 days a week from 8:30am-5:00pm
We have moved! Our new address is 10538 Topanga Cyn Blvd. Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 280-6500

We are excited for your visit! For your convenience, we have a small parking lot at the south end of our property with an entrance on Topanga Canyon Blvd. It fills up quickly, so here are some other parking options for you to consider. 

  • Topanga Canyon Blvd. (right in front of our property): Monday - Saturday 10am to 3pm is 1-hour parking. Sunday there are no restrictions.
  • Chatsworth Street: Northeast of our property, there is less restrictive parking on the North side of Chatsworth St.
  • Andora Ave. runs diagonally Northeast and Southeast of our property and has less restrictive parking.

If you are coming to our property for a class or event, please use the other parking options provided so we can keep our parking lot open for customers needing short term parking and those needing assistance. We hope to see you soon.

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