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  1. #1
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    Oct 2008
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    Fruitland, WA, USA
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    Default Bee Weaver

    We ordered 100 queens from B Weaver last spring and I had the worst experience I have ever had with a queen producer. They didn't put enough attendants in the box to cover the queens so most of them were chilled. Of the ones accepted most of those were replaced by the bees within 4-6 weeks. Several of these "natural" queens were very hot. We suspected Africanized traits surfacing. I am talking about bees that attack you when you get out of the truck at the bee yard, before you have a chance to suit up or light a smoker.

    My biggest complaint with B Weaver is the fact that Danny would never call me back even though the gal who I spoke to assured me he would. I have dealt with a lot of different queen breeders and have never been treated so poorly. Every other breeder who had problems with their shipments made good on the shipment.

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    Denver, Colorado
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    Default Re: Bee Weaver

    The above post was moved from the Treatment-Free Beekeeping forum, thread: Some Bee Weaver Questions Answered.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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    Warrior, Alabama
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    Default Re: Bee Weaver

    last year was one of the worst for everyone. It was a nightmare for all breeders. They were all missing dates. Mating was effected by the situation too. The carry over has been this winter and all the people having losses from it. The effects are not over.
    Last edited by dragonfly; 03-02-2012 at 01:59 PM. Reason: part of post irrelevant to thread- personal insult
    Old Guy in Alabama

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    Default Re: Bee Weaver

    That may be true but it doesn't excuse his poor customer relations skills. It also doesn't explain the fact that lots of other bee keepers have had poor service over the years.

  5. #5
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    Pittsburgh, PA
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    Default Re: Bee Weaver

    I bought four queens from them last spring. One died right after installation (extremely stupid beek move with zero fault of Weaver). I didn't feed them at all, pretty much neglected them, and am totally treatment free: the remaining three have made it through winter so far.

    However, one queen is hot - not Africanized but hot. Made a ton of honey, huge brood, robbed every other hive they could and I swear they were devious in figuring out how to sting me. The second queen was a bit hot but no big deal. The third is "normal" in that they are not aggresive. I didn't supply feed to any of them and they still have a fair amount of stores left.

    I didn't have any issues when I bought them: the order went clean, they were in good shape when I picked them up. As I am completely treatment free - I am willing to put up with a bee that is hot if they deal with the crud being thrown at them right now.

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    Middleton, WI
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    Default Re: Bee Weaver

    Dealt with BeeWeaver now for 3 years, and the customer service I've received as been beyond reproach.

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