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    Default Bee package source for new beekeeper in TN

    I am a new beekeeper & am looking for a good source for a starter bee package appropriate for TN beehive. Any suggestions? Thanks for your input..... Chip

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    Default Re: Bee package source for new beekeeper in TN

    Check with the Tennessee Valley Beekeepers Assoc. They may be buying packages for members and new beekeepers and will know what is appropriate for you locally. They will also be a great source of information (like this web site) and may be able to hook you up with a mentor. Nothing beats an experienced nearby beekeeper for help.

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    Default Re: Bee package source for new beekeeper in TN

    I bought two packages in March 2012 from Arnold Honeybee Services in Knoxville. I was very pleased with the transaction and the bees are doing well.

    http://www.arnoldhoneybeeservices.co..._for_sale.html
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Bee package source for new beekeeper in TN

    I have ordered two packages from Walter Kelley. But I can't say good or bad because this is my first order of bees from them.

    You might also look at Pigeon Mountain down in Lafayette, GA. They sell bees, too. We went down there one day and it's a neat store with more than just bee stuff. That's where I bought my ventilated suit.
    Greg Whitehead, Ten Mile, TN
    Blog - http://gregsbees.blogspot.com/

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    Default Re: Bee package source for new beekeeper in TN

    Wilbanks apiaries in GA and Rossman apiaries in GA. I have good success with both.

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    Default Re: Bee package source for new beekeeper in TN

    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    I bought two packages in March 2012 from Arnold Honeybee Services in Knoxville. I was very pleased with the transaction and the bees are doing well.

    http://www.arnoldhoneybeeservices.co..._for_sale.html
    Arnold Honeybees Services sold me a nuc of Russians a few years ago. Was very pleased with my transaction.

    Shane

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    Default Re: Bee package source for new beekeeper in TN

    Tennessee valley beeks would be a great place to get started. They have a class that provides you with your first hive and bees along with instruction with a mentor.

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    Default Re: Bee package source for new beekeeper in TN

    Hello I am new to the site but I have been keeping bees for around 5 years. I have never bought bees from Arnold's but I have heard good things about him. I went into winter with about 35 hives I plan to be able to sell some queens, nucs and maybe a few full hives. I sent you a pm chip I'm not far from Chattanooga maybe I can help you out at the least give you some advice on getting started, I've made just about every mistake you can make with bees and learn something new everyday.
    Major Frerichs

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    Default Re: Bee package source for new beekeeper in TN

    Welcome to Beesource, Major!
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Bee package source for new beekeeper in TN

    Check out wolfcreekbees.com. I bought a package from them last year. I'm happy with their bees.

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    Default Re: Bee package source for new beekeeper in TN

    Major, I sent you a PM.

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    Default Re: Bee package source for new beekeeper in TN

    Try to find a local beek, and buy a nuc

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    Default Re: Bee package source for new beekeeper in TN

    Check out Rossman Apiaries. Tell them Ross sent ya. Even with shipping they are a better deal.

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