Our preferred bees are the local mix, mutts, especially feral bees. Feral honey bees are more resilient and healthy.
We also have several breeds:
They are Ontario bred descendants of the English ‘black’ bee.
In 1800’s Debbie Hutchings’s ancestors brought the honeybees with them from England. They are gentle, little dark bees which winter in small clusters, that explode when the spring comes. If you don’t keep ahead of them they will swarm, as they are very prolific producers. This breed was never treated with any medication or chemicals. (Source: debbeesbees.ca)