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  1. #1
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    Default RUSSELL APIARIES- FACTS, and first hand knowledge... He taught me how to raise bees

    Not sure how this post should go... but I felt COMPELLED to say something due to all I have rad recently about Russell apiaries. My name is Clark Burrell and I live in Raymond Mississippi... just about 7 miles from Bolton Mississippi and the home of Russell apiaries. I have raised and sold queens and a few packages with my wife at the time.. under the name SippyBees here on beesource, and also through Russell apiaries. I have never had a SINGLE unfilled paid order... never had a complaint about my bees that were sold... and have never seen Russell Apiaries NOT send an order as promised.
    FIRST... Russell Apiaries WAS indeed started and operated for 50 years by J N Russell. He was a good guy.... he passed away about 2 years ago. I had known him for about 15 years when he passed. HE is who started myself and my wife in beekeeping. My wife worked for him through 3 seasons.... I helped when I was not working my day job when I could. JN never screwed anyone... he would not cash your check until he KNEW your bees were getting shipped. I could go on and on about JN Russell... but thats not what this post is about....
    After JN passed.... it seems all was not on good terms within the family with his sons. He had 4 sons... Don(deceased), Johnny (owns his own welding shop) Ricky( wanted to raise bees), and a 1/2 brother(different Mom) Robert (also wanted his Dad's bees).
    After JN passed... seems the electric was turned off, mail was forwarded to Robert's house, and much of the bee equipment and >100 hives all went walking... this was not written in the JN's will... as Johnny is the executor and is a personal friend of mine. I personally got out of bees for about 5 years and now when I start trying to get bees again, I learn all of this happened since I got out of bees. Robert does have a very nice website... Johnny said his son phillip is one of the people who tried to help Robert setup the web site... hmmmm. I know that Ricky the oldest son wants to get his fathers business going again.... and I personally GUARANTEE that Ricky will not steal anyone's money. He is like myself... starting over small with not so much.... but he WANTS to preserve his father's name and good reputation... He lives in Bolton at his fathers same house where Russell Apiaries have been for 50 years.
    NOW... Robert Russell.... hmmmm There are SOME things I have knowledge of that I will not say in a public forum.... but ANYONE who is interested can call me anytime... if I am busy/ leave a message will call you back. BUT.. is some things I CAN say here...
    #1.. brothers say Robert never went to college... I dont care either way... but.. "Dr" Russell ???
    #2.. Bees have been bought from Robert with foulbrood..... state apiarist involved already
    #3.. NUMEROUS orders of bees that were paid for but never shipped... doesn't answer phone or email... being looked at already by those that care
    #4.. He lives in SE Jackson Mississippi... queen operations there at his house I suppose... how do you raise 13 genetically different strains of bees in the same location?????
    #5.. in every web page I have looked at... I cannot see ANYWHERE his physical location or address... what's this mean???
    #6.. sub breeders selling queens under HIS name?? whats in it for these sub breeders? Why they aren't just selling their own bees under their OWN name? I still just learned about this and I can't figure out why anyone is doing this or whats in it for each party involved.... just strange
    #7.. Think I read he claims to have thousands of colonies... sells thousands of queens.... etc etc.. seems every number I read on his website is GREATLY exagerated.... I WORKED for his Dad, shook those bees... caught his queens... and on the BEST year JN ran about 400-600 hives.

    I could say more... no need... he has built his own reputation now. It is just a REAL PITY to me to see how the name Russell has turned out for JN Russell. JN Russell had good bees... filled his orders.... everyone was happy..... THAT is what convinced me to get into the business in the first place. I just want EVERYONE on this forum who has dealt with Russell apiaries... or anyone who has read the posts here about Russell apiaries.... that what is NOW.. is not what it was 5 years ago. Ricky will be trying to build back up... plans to use "Russell and sons" apiaries. Hopefully I will realize my dreams also to sell queens and packages just like the man who taught me how to do it... under the name "SippyBees".
    BUT... no matter who you buy your bees from... just PLEASE do not let the name Russell apiaries ruin the Russell name.... JN doesn't deserve that. "DR" Robert Russell will eventually meet his fate.... that I am sure.... but understand what has been done has been done by ONE person who shares the name of other persons who are honest and will do their best to help you if they can.
    personally... I am not sure if this is tribute enough to JN Russell by writing all of this.... I could write much more, but if you like me LONG posts tend to lose my attention..
    To those who have lost money from Russell apiaries... am sorry that someone did that to you...
    JN Russell would never have done that to you....
    I HOPE everyone concerned will read this post and understand.... really sorry for what happened in the last 5 years I was gone... hope I can make it better in the future.
    Clark Burrell
    PM me for my phone if you want more info

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    Default Re: RUSSELL APIARIES- FACTS, and first hand knowledge... He taught me how to raise be

    When I first got into bees I had queen troubles. I found Ricky on the web. I called him and thou he had never met me, he could not have been more helpful. He gave more stuff than I bought. He was genuinely concerned about the success of my bees. I have never had any dealings with Robert. I to have read a lot of the negative post about Russell Apiaries. I can't believe this is the business dealings of the man I that helped me so much. I would not have any problems dealing with Ricky Russell PERIOD.

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    Default Re: RUSSELL APIARIES- FACTS, and first hand knowledge... He taught me how to raise be

    Time to flog this dead horse again eh. Wow.
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    Default Re: RUSSELL APIARIES- FACTS, and first hand knowledge... He taught me how to raise be

    Thanks for the info Sippy!
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    Default Re: RUSSELL APIARIES- FACTS, and first hand knowledge... He taught me how to raise be

    Seems odd to me that there isn't an address listing anywhere on the website. Even under "Locations Near You" where Russell Apiaries is the first option in MS, no address.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: RUSSELL APIARIES- FACTS, and first hand knowledge... He taught me how to raise be

    As I said.. have been out of beekeeping for about 5 years.. just now getting back into it.... just NOW reading all the old posts that has happened in the last few years.... someone put up a link for the mississippi BBB result for Robert... he has 7 official complaints now... http://www.bbb.org/mississippi/busin...8#reasonrating AND is the only place I have found that list an address for him...
    Russell Apiaries
    Phone: (601) 966-3568
    212 Fannin Landing Cir, Brandon, MS 39047
    http://russellapiaries.webs.com/

    I would be surprised if that is still a working phone though.... I am just very sorry for what has happened in a few years since I got out of bees.... in another thread it asks WHO is your Role model.... J N Russell was my role model/ beekeeping inspiration and motivation to believe that a man can earn his living with this special knowledge... Sorry to see what has been done to his reputation.

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    Default Re: RUSSELL APIARIES- FACTS, and first hand knowledge... He taught me how to raise be

    Quote Originally Posted by SippyBees View Post
    BUT... no matter who you buy your bees from... just PLEASE do not let the name Russell apiaries ruin the Russell name.... JN doesn't deserve that. "DR" Robert Russell will eventually meet his fate.... that I am sure.... but understand what has been done has been done by ONE person who shares the name of other persons who are honest and will do their best to help you if they can.
    personally...
    Clark Burrell
    PM me for my phone if you want more info
    Clark it was nice for you to write this, but I am like an elephant and get very passionate about what I believe in, and I believe now the Russell name is tainted and if his half-brother wants to make a go of it , it would be wise to use another name because in my book how I was led along , lied too, used as a personal attack dog, I feel the name is forever tainted until I receive retribution. If my brother tainted my name like that I would make good on it before getting into that same business. Plus a Philip was a part of that scam too, was it the nephew?
    Last edited by beeG; 06-07-2013 at 02:57 PM. Reason: spell check

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    Default Re: RUSSELL APIARIES- FACTS, and first hand knowledge... He taught me how to raise be

    Philip was just a friend of Robert who grew up with him basically.... is what I was told by his brothers. They were working together, but what their business relationship was in detail I have no idea. I started this thread way back in an attempt to help some people understand what had happened to them..... in a way I almost regret it now. I was attacked and basically called a liar or trying to increase myself at Robert's expense.... but everything I said I still stand by, and in a private conversation my words and opinions would have been much stronger than what I wrote here on a public forum. There is plenty here to read if you really want to rehash everything.... but I think everyone that ever reads this board now KNOWS... and there is really no need to bring this thread back alive. Makes for interesting reading, but as far as I am concerned Barry can just lock it.
    I am passionate also about some things.... but there comes a time to just LET IT GO.
    I am willing to talk about it anytime in private.... Anyone here is free to PM me at anytime..
    Ciao... and wishing everyone prosperous beekeeping.

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