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    Has anyone checked out the prices for 2003 queens and packages. They raised them up about as much as honey has gone up. This just makes me mad as can be. Do not get me wrong I am all for making a fair dollar but this is out of control. I raised more queens last year then I could use it is not that hard. Has demand gone that high? This is going to discourage beggining hobby beekeepers from trying this wonderfull hobby.

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    I did some homework today after I got a flier from B Weaver 936.825.7312. Holie Molie! $60 plus shipping and insurance ($20)!!! For #3 packages up to nine, then it drops all the way down to $54 up to 49... Queens are $17, $18.50 clipped and marked plus shipping.
    Midwest 740.892.3200 will be $50 plus $8 priority mail.
    Koehnen 530.891.5216 hasn't decided on prices yet but expect to go up a couple of dollars from last years price of $44 plus shipping.
    McCary 601.648.2747, (he's a hoot! and a real nice guy) had the Cardovans that I was looking for at $45 plus shipping, marked at no cost, and queens at $12 plus shipping. His stock comes from Glenn apiaries in Ca. they sell their breeder queens for $75 plus shipping.
    Thats's all I done so far, going to check out Heitkam's tomorrow 530.865.9562 for New World Carmoilans. I might also try Strachan.
    Bill

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    I ordered my bees from RWeaver (www.rweaver.com). They were $50 dollars for a 3lb package with a marked queen. Not sure about the shipping, I live near Navasota and I'm going to drive up there and get them.

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    Regarding the prices of packages. Just received the latest copy of American Bee Journal and browsed the ads. Seem to be pretty close to last years prices. Plan on calling my local supplier next week and see what prices he is quoting.

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    Karl

    I talked to Lee from Watertown WI and he said 3lb will be $48. is that where you get your from?

    Phillip

    [This message has been edited by rainesridgefarm (edited December 31, 2002).]

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    Hi Phillip: Actually , last year I picked up my packages from Lapp's in Reeseville. If memory serves they were about $42.00 or so for 3 lb. package.

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    Anyone here know the best place to get cordovan queens. My wife would kill me if I paid $75.00 for a queen. I bought a package of bees from CF Koehnen and sons. They were gorgouse. I am going to order from them again, thought maybe some you may have another supplier.

    Don't get me wrong CF Koehnen are great people to do business with, its just I would like to have a backup plan.

    The cordovans I got from CF Koehnen were the most gentle bees I have ever seen. They made beekeeping seem effortless. The colony is still alive; however I have went through a supersedure and all the bees have went to regular Italian. Plan on requeening with cordovan to get back where I started.

    Thanks
    Thesurveyor

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    Check out my post at the top of this page. McCary 601.648.2747, (he's a hoot! and a real nice guy) had the Cardovans that I was looking for at $45 plus shipping, marked at no cost, and queens at $12 plus shipping. His stock comes from Glenn apiaries in Ca.
    Bill

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    Big Grin

    I see an add in the last ABJ from Edward Norman Apiaries for Italian bees at $38 + postage for the 3lb package. He's located in Alabama: 334-562-3357.
    I don't know the man, I just mention the add (cheapest I can find).

    Jorge

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    Koehnen has them for $35.

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    Sad

    Every place that I talked to in Ca. wouldn't ship to Ks.
    Bill

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    Does KS have a restriction from California. I know some states will not allow shipment from California due to africanized honey bees in Califoria.

    CF Koehnen is approved to sell bees to North Carolina.

    Someone on the board may be able shed some light on the KS subject.

    Thesurveyor

    [This message has been edited by thesurveyor (edited January 15, 2003).]

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    It could be the shipping zone. They will only ship bees within 4 zones of the sender. That's USPS regs.

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    CF Koehnen ships UPS. They shipped all the way to North Carolina From California.

    Thesurveyor

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    How was the condition of the bees?

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    check russell apiaries (601-866-4300)ad in a.b.j.pg.12,yellow italian,3lb w/qu.at $ 33.00

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    Dharbert

    How was the condition of the bees?

    They were in great condition, not many dead bees. They are still alive. They put up surplus honey stores for winter. I would recommend them to anyone.

    Thesurveyor

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    Guys what’s wrong with all of you???

    I go thru the whole page and all of you talking about package queens and bees.
    Have none of you learned to breed your own bee and queens?
    I can’t believe it if I read all the articles here.

    How long are you keeping bees? Are you all beginners with no help from an experience beekeeper?

    We have all year a program in our club and everyone gets eggs from beekeepers with good bee material for free. We have 3 to 5 frame breeding hives without a queens and take this with us to the other beekeeper for the eggs. We can breed up to 40 queens in those hives depend on the amount of bees. We teach the beginners and they can have queens from us for free also.

    After you collect the honey, you can split a hive in 3, the next year 3 in 9 and so on. Why you all looking for bees from special breeders? Thos guys a lucky in your country here they would starve to death.

    I think some of you needs every month instructions what to do or better what you shouldn’t do with your bees. Like we give the beginners in the club here.
    A beekeeper should never ever ask where he could get bees from, only if he had an accident like flood we had last year, fire, robbery or AFB. Or he is a beginner!!
    I had last year 14 new queens left and they was free for the beginners in the club.

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    The package bee industry here in the USA is quite large.

    Queens are bought by most commercial and hobbiest beekeepers because raising really good queens is a time consuming and complex undertaking. Also there is the pure breeds that people want to try.

    Some people in the far north actually kill all their bees every fall and buy new package bees every spring. (I would never do this myself)

    Some people are just getting into beekeeping and don't know anyone who would give them bees.

    Some people are expanding their bee business and want to do so quickly.

    Some people have lost all or most of their hives to mites or other disease and want to replentish their hives.

    I doubt that anyone does this because they don't know how to make splits.

    Myself, I was on the verge of cutting back to one hive or so and gave away almost all of my bees to friends when I found this board and got excited about all the new experiments on mite control. Small cell, being the most exciting and FGMO fog being another exciting front. I decided that I could sell small bees and maybe make a reasonable amount of money at it. And a friend of mine agreed to take on alot of the hard labor. I didn't think there was enough money in just honey to be worth the back breaking work for me.

    So now I want to get about 20 hives to experiment with raising queens, doing small cell, FGMO, and some of the top bar hives I've been wanting to try.

    To do this from the one strong hive I have and the one weak one I have would take several years, even if I talk my friends into letting me take splits off of some of the hives I gave away. And I have a lot of experiments I want to start now.

    That's why I'm buying bees this year.

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    I agree Axtmann with what you say Ive been breeding my own queens for about 5 yrs now and it really bothers me when other beekeepers bring packages from southern bees into my beekeeping area.My queens often end up mating with their drones and lose the ability to survive the winter.And it always amazes me that these same people complain about mites killing their hives when its really just poorly bred southern queens.

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