Best of luck!
Best of luck!
N5RWH - 9a
Andrew keep us posted on the experiment. How did you loose one of the hives? When you say they were fiesty, did you mean while they were being inspected, or otherwise. Thanks Steve
I have had good performance out of the queens i got from them. Yes they are expensive too . While the hive is gone (bees are not fireproof) I can & will say they are good bees . there bees are a combination of there previous lines .,All American (Italian) ,Buckfast , SMaRt line (SMR)
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We bought a nuc from BeeWeaver last year that failed miserably. Came with mature SHB in it - possibly infested with larvae too. That said, the nuc never really got off the ground properly because we had the driest summer ever here in TX in 2011.
This year we got one from BeeWeaver (have to like local sources for live animals, eh?) and one from CF Koehnen & Sons in CA. BeeWeaver had a fair few drones in the package. CF Koehnen had sent the bees through some kind of sorter, so we only had worker girls.
The BeeWeaver bees are A LOT more testy than the CA bees. The CA bees were a little slower to fill out the frames and didn't end up swarming. They are also a lot lighter in color and MUCH more gentle all around. But they bearded up the outside of the hive all summer long in the heat whereas the BeeWeaver hives seemed more resistant. Also note that those Bee Weaver bees swarmed because they'd gone crazy and totally filled in the hives much faster than we'd realized.
Laura Weaver is one of BeeWeaver's best assets -- really came through for us in a pinch when we had that swarm event and needed to requeen! SO, customer service is great.
We'll see how winters go for the various genetics . . .
Master Beekeeper (EAS) and Master Gardener (U Maine CE) www.beeberrywoods.com
Andrew could you pm me your state inspector's email address, if you have it? Thanks Steve