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  1. #1
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    Default Getting my bees

    I'm driving myself crazy trying to decide where and from whom to purchase my first packages from, so I thought I would ask a couple questions. There does not seem to be any local or even remotely close suppliers in the Texas panhandle or surrounding area, so picking up packages or nucs is out.

    Do I take into account to choose a supplier that has a similar climate to what we have here? Will California or south Texas bees (or any other mild climate) winter well here where we get snow and ice storms?

    I'm sure you all have your favorites regarding suppliers, but are there any I should avoid?

    I'm freaking out that I will procrastinate too long and my lonely hives will stay lonely (once they get here, that is).

    Thanks all...

    ~Circ

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    Default Re: Getting my bees

    You can get feedback on various suppliers here:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/foru...onsumer-Report

    Some you may want to stay away from, some you may want to buy from.
    Weaver's are in your state and have had good reviews.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Getting my bees

    If it where me I'd go with someone from Texas, maybe Bweaver. The shorter distance they are shipped the better off they will bee.
    & getting something from a similar zone will help.

    PS don't waste too much time thinking about it.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Getting my bees

    Quote Originally Posted by KQ6AR View Post
    PS don't waste too much time thinking about it.
    One of the keys to life.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    Default Re: Getting my bees

    Texas Beekeepers Association has a list of clubs. I didn't see any in Amarillo but it may be worth checking into. If the club is purchasing nucs the larger order normally gets a better price and you can avoid some shipping costs. You'll be limited trying to find someone that ships nucs. Remember if this is your first rodeo you need either a nuc or hive because you should have some drawn comb to get them started.

    Good Luck

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    Default Re: Getting my bees

    Personally, I think everyone starting out should experience starting bees from packages. Watching bees start from scratch is a great learning tool.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Getting my bees

    I don't think that you need to start with a hive or a nuc if it's your first time. I started from scratch with two packages last year. I've got two hives going into the winter, and as of last week when it was warm enough to check them, I've got two hives that are still doing rather well.

    To your original point, definitely look for beek clubs, that's what I did this year.

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    Default Re: Getting my bees

    I wholeheartely agree - In addition to the education that 1st package installation is one of my fondest beekeeping memories.

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    Default Re: Getting my bees

    I agree a package on foundation with a feeder. We have all the new beeks we help start at least one hive that way.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Personally, I think everyone starting out should experience starting bees from packages. Watching bees start from scratch is a great learning tool.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Getting my bees

    Quote Originally Posted by Circeae View Post
    I'm driving myself crazy....

    I'm freaking out......

    ~Circ
    i can already tell that you are going to become a great beekeeper!

    here's the deal. adopt the mindset that making mistakes is a good thing!

    here's why: every mistake you make is one that you won't make again, and that's what makes you grow from a newbee into a beek.

    i often joke that i made ten years worth of mistakes in my first year. go for it!
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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