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  1. #1
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    Default Beehive Kit Order Delays

    Well, I did a lot of research, finally deciding on Betterbee.com. Ordered their 8-frame starter kit and an additional add on kit, as well as all the extras (hive hardware, wire, crimper, extra suit, etc.

    I ordered a couple weeks ago, the next day, got an e-mail, saying the hives were on backorder, would be another 10-15 days. I was nice, waited until today (13 days later). The order girl said it would be 10-15 days. She couldn't give me a ballpark answer, either of when they would be realistically be available. Tried their information line, and an older lady answered, didn't know anything about bees, said I had a wrong number.

    I just wonder if I'm going to be putting myself in a hole. As a newbee, it's going to take me some time to put all this stuff together. As it is, I'm picking up two packages in 6-7 weeks.

    I haven't heard of any problems with Betterbee, and their prices and 8-frames were what attracted me. Just hope I made the right decision.

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    I think you should have PLENTY of time to put together the hive and get everything else ready before the bees arrive. The hive can be put together, minus the painting, in about 2 hours.

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    I'm right there with you Bud. I ordered from GloryBee in Eugene. Not getting nervous yet, but not looking forward to assembling 60+ frames at the last minute. I think I'll use the time wisely and build a frame nailing jig.

  4. #4
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    Thanks for the pat on the back, guys.

    Guess I'm just nervous nellie. I've done all the winter reading, and continue to read. Built a nice hive stand for the hives, with a small side fence to ward off the prevailing summer/winter winds.

    Basically all that's left is to get the hive bodies and frames, build them, paint, practice a bit with the foundation/wiring.

    Jason, I'm with you regarding the frame jig. I also read where someone was using a jig to build hive bodies.

    Trying to be patient,

    Chris
    E. Washington state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasontatro View Post
    Not getting nervous yet, but not looking forward to assembling 60+ frames at the last minute. I think I'll use the time wisely and build a frame nailing jig.
    Don't forget to make a foundation board also. It really speeds up installing foundation.

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    I found that assembling my hive bodies was not all that difficult. They seemed to square up nicely on their own.


    Berk,

    I'm not familiar with a foundation board. Got a link to one?

    Jason

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    Betterbee is a good company to do business with. They will generally go out of there way to make sure you have a good experience doing business with them. Being a couple of weeks late shouldnt hurt you if you have 5 to 6 weeks before you get your bugs.

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    [QUOTE=jasontatro;296616]I found that assembling my hive bodies was not all that difficult. They seemed to square up nicely on their own.


    Berk,

    I'm not familiar with a foundation board. Got a link to one?

    Jason, You need to look no further than right her on Beesource.com under their plans section It called the foundation form board

  9. #9
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    Budvar if you ever get to Portland Ruhl Bee has a good selection of stuff you can pick up without ordering. They have a web page to. Prices aren't whole sale but not to bad with shipping cost so high.
    I'm not tense, Just terribly, terribly alert!

  10. #10
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    Default Order Delays

    Can anyone who's ordered 10 frame deeps or galvanized covers from Betterbee (Feb. 08) post if they get their order shipped? I ordered 5 weeks ago, still back ordered.

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    Still backordered here (Betterbee, ordered Feb).

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    Default New hive arrived in 3 days

    I ordered my BeeMax starter kit from Betterbee on Wednesday. Saturday morning, Fed Ex Home pulled up and dropped everything off! Granted, I live about 2 hours from Greenwich, NY.

    It took me about 90 minutes to assemble the kit. I used woodworkers glue for strength after reading numerous posts in this forum. Again, after reading numerous posts,( I LOVE this forum!) I put my first coat of exterior latex on the exterior of the boxes. It took almost 2 hours and I plan on doing at least 1 more coat next week.

    Betterbee was very helpful with all of my questions and the lady I spoke with spent time telling me about her results since she started last year. I was very impressed with the customer service and the quick delivery. For once, seems my timing was good!

    Bees arrive May 3rd and I can't wait. I extremely grateful for all of the excellent discussions on this forum. This is heaven for a BK newbie.

  13. #13
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    Default I cancelled my order after waiting almost 6 weeks

    I decided to get into beekeeping to provide polination from my small orchard and garden. I have quite a bad taste from my first order experience from BetterBee.

    Now maybe all beekeeping supply vendors work this way but my experience with vendors supplying other industries is that if they say a product is backordered (like the wood beginner's kit I ordered on Feb 4, 2008), the time frames that they supply for when the product will be available are accurate.

    BetterBee indicated that the product would be available in 10-15 business days. 3 phone calls and almost 6 weeks later they still said they didn't have the product i.e. the product wasn't shipped (and "it should be in this week" --for the 3rd time). At this point I cancelled my order.

    I will either find my supplies elsewhere, hopefully someplace local where I can drive to and get what I need all at once, or delay beekeeping for another year when I can find a vendor who can supply product in a timely fashion.

    I wish I had done more research up front on vendors and seen some of the delivery problems that BetterBee seems to be having. I would have ordered elsewhere in that case.

    I'm glad others have had good service from BetterBee. I hope everyone in this situation continues to have good experiences. I know I will go elsewhere.

    Obviously, as a first post, take this for what it is worth. I do have a difficult time putting into words how frustrating this has been.

  14. #14
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    CraigFromMA
    Sorry about your frustration with your first order, don't let it dampen your enthusiasm. Hopefully you have time to find another supplier, don't put it off for another year By the way, I live in Lunenburg as well, just that it's in Nova Scotia, Canada

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    Maybe underestimating the recent surge in people interested in bees?

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    hi craig,

    we live in the next town over (leominster).

    my favorite local place to do business with is warm colors apiary (dan and bonita conlon) in deerfield. it's a bit of a ride (about 1.5 hours each way), but a pretty ride on route 2. dan practices and teaches good beekeeping, and is always a pleasure to do business with. he does us all a great service by keeping equipment and queens in stock and available.

    rick reault (nebees.com) is in tyngsboro, and also has a good selection. i simply haven't done much business with him, so i don't have more to say.

    if you simply need a few deep boxes and frames, feel free to get in touch with me, as i have extra equipment stockpiled in the basement (we drove to maine last year and bought direct from humble abodes).

    i make my own tops (with top entrances, and built in slot to install an entrance reducer), and my own bottoms (basically a shim with galvinized hardware cloth stapled to it). i don't likely have time to build anything new before late april...but i could probably temporarily loan you some of my equipment if need be.

    have you ordered bees yet? get right on that, as they are likely selling out most places. if you really want to start with bees this year, we will get you the equipment one way or another....don't worry about what the supply houses can get to you.

    are you in bee school? you should be attending thursday nights in worcester:
    http://www.honeybeeclub.org/

    deknow

  17. #17
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    Default Same Here.

    I also cancelled my order. The girl on the Betterbee line said they were frustrated, as well.

    On the bright side, I talked the wife to driving across the state to Portland, where there is a fabulous bee store. Ruhlbeesupply.com They bent over backwards to help me, modifying my starter kit to fit my needs. I got two complete hive setups and the works, even saved a couple hundred dollars, and the money stays local. Wish I had done it sooner.

    With the money we saved, we stayed in a nice B and B, and bought a cheap airtank/nail gun setup.

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    Default related to end of year inventory?

    This is just a theory, but I was wondering if lack of stock is due to companies not ordering early. It seeems like many places try to reduce inventory before the end of the year. They probably have to pay taxes on inventory, but this makes it tough on us consumers who want to get a jump on assembly and painting. I know a few items that were out in late november weren't restocked till after the first of the year. When I start MY company I will make sure that I have things when people need them.

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    Hey Budvar,

    Sorry to hear about your experience but glad you got yourself squared away after all.

    For future reference, GloryBee is up here in our neck of the wood (Eugene, OR). I had a great experience with them and would go back any time.

    Jason

  20. #20
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    Hi Craig,

    There is also Lagrant's in Ware, MA. He has a full woodworking shop on site. I also ordered 2 nucs from him. I'll give Betterbee another week for my order to get shipped or I'll just cancel and get everything from Lagrant's.

    I'll second Deknow's statement about beeschool. This is my second year as a student and first year as an actual beek! Great bunch of people and a vast wealth of know-how.

    Now I just need to find a similar organization here in RI and I'm good to go!

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