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  1. #1
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    Default 3# Packages on Carniolan shipped??

    Hi all,
    Does anyone know of someplace that sells AND ships packages of Carniolan bees? I am looking to get 3-4 packages this spring

    Thanks
    Chris in NJ

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    Default Re: 3# Packages on Carniolan shipped??

    Look up the Olivariez site at www.ohbees.com, click sevices. Down the page are links to delivery sites in your neck of the woods. Unless you can make arrangements you would have to drive to the delivery sites. We have had their Carniolan bees and found them to be great comb makes and very good bees.
    Dave

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    Default Re: 3# Packages on Carniolan shipped??

    Quote Originally Posted by camero7 View Post
    So does anybody have any positive reviews for these guys? I am looking for carni packages as well. One weird thing is that they ask you to select your own ship date. What date would work for north central Minnesota?
    Not Michael Bush. My name is Dan. Sorry for the confusion.

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    Default Re: 3# Packages on Carniolan shipped??

    Quote Originally Posted by Bush_84 View Post
    So does anybody have any positive reviews for these guys? I am looking for carni packages as well. One weird thing is that they ask you to select your own ship date. What date would work for north central Minnesota?
    I got some packages from them a few years ago. Great packages with productive queens [I got their VSH queens]. I expect that the end of April or early May would work well for you.

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    Default Re: 3# Packages on Carniolan shipped??

    One thing I don't see is anyone recommending these people wanting bees or queens to talk to other Beekeepers in their area...
    Instead of asking these people from all over the world why don't you just talk to some guys/girls in your local club.. Find out what's working for them.. You need to be finding stock that can handle winters in your area and bees that have over wintered in Jersey not California..

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    Default Re: 3# Packages on Carniolan shipped??

    The problem is that most in my area get their packages from California because they can get a bulk deal. No carnis however. There is a local guy that I have bought nucs from and he labeled them as carnis. I wasn't impressed with the nucs he sold me last year and his queens come from Hawaii. So....these Shamrock guys seem like a plan to me if some here have had luck with them.
    Not Michael Bush. My name is Dan. Sorry for the confusion.

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    Default Re: 3# Packages on Carniolan shipped??

    Quote Originally Posted by ycitybz View Post
    One thing I don't see is anyone recommending these people wanting bees or queens to talk to other Beekeepers in their area...
    Instead of asking these people from all over the world why don't you just talk to some guys/girls in your local club.. Find out what's working for them.. You need to be finding stock that can handle winters in your area and bees that have over wintered in Jersey not California..
    Most of my clubs packages are Italians/hybrids that are trucked out of ATL. I will be getting 2 packages from them as well but wanted to also try something different.

    There are very few bk in NJ that offer NJ survivor stock and those that do, many of them give you 3# of survivo bees with a queen from somewhere else.

    Happy New Year everyone~!~
    Chris in NJ

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    Default Re: 3# Packages on Carniolan shipped??

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Burrup View Post
    Look up the Olivariez site at www.ohbees.com, click sevices. Down the page are links to delivery sites in your neck of the woods. Unless you can make arrangements you would have to drive to the delivery sites. We have had their Carniolan bees and found them to be great comb makes and very good bees.
    Dave
    I would recommend them.

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    Default Re: 3# Packages on Carniolan shipped??

    Shamrock seems your best bet, but there are Carns in Southern CT too.
    Last edited by TheBuzz; 12-29-2012 at 02:15 PM.

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    Default Re: 3# Packages on Carniolan shipped??

    Thanks for the replies...do you know where in Southern Connecticut? I will do a search later to see if I can find them. Is anyone aware of an option closer than California (outside of the Southern CT)?

    Thanks
    CHris in NJ

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    Default Re: 3# Packages on Carniolan shipped??

    Franklin CT and Granby are both 2.5hrs away from you one way. I have "carns" from Granby and I've gotten Queens from Franklin.

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    Default Re: 3# Packages on Carniolan shipped??

    Quote Originally Posted by Irmo View Post
    Take a look here: http://njbeekeepers.org/BeeProducts.htm

    This is a listing of Honey and Hive products in New Jersey. Several ov them list bees, nucs, and packages in the far right column. Hunterdon, Monmouth, Flemington. Not too far from you. I grew up in Westfield. Go Giants! oh, wait...darn.
    LRMO,
    I grew up in Westfield as well!!! Went to WHS. I Reached out to many of the NJBA members offering Carnies. Most are either queens or NUCs only. My problem is that they all run deeps as NUCs and my outfit is all mediums. I have been playing with the idea of getting a locally sourced Italian packages and locally sourced Carnie queens but that starts I make thing complicated.

    The other problem is the state site lost its web admin and what I am finding out is much of the info is outdated.

    Thanks!
    Chris in NJ

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    Default Re: 3# Packages on Carniolan shipped??

    Quote Originally Posted by chrisd4421 View Post
    My problem is that they all run deeps as NUCs and my outfit is all mediums.
    Make a temporary "shim" box of the right height to turn a medium into a deep. As the bees expand, you can rotate out the odd sized box and deep frames.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: 3# Packages on Carniolan shipped??

    Hi Chris, I'm WHS '78. I run all mediums as well, but I guess I'm lucky in that my association produces medium nucs. So, that's what I started out with. This is my first year so I'm just hoping the colonies survive the winter.

    Not much can be done with out of date info. Good luck with the packages.

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    Default Re: 3# Packages on Carniolan shipped??

    I only know of one person producing medium NUCs and she is taking a break this year to strengthen her colonies. She runs with MN H.

    I am looking for the calm disposition of Carnies as I have 4 little kids and I want them to be able to join me in the hive. I also want the small clusters for wintering as our winters have been uncharacteristic as it has been everywhere. I have had Italians and MN H with success. I lost all hives this year due to my own mistakes. I figured this year I would give the Carnies a chance and see how they do.

    Thanks!
    Chris in NJ
    Last edited by chrisd4421; 01-01-2013 at 06:44 AM.

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