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  1. #1
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    Default Just added 3 more hives fom BeeWeaver packages.

    Great day, and it went well. Also got to meet Laura Weaver at their Navasota, TX facility. I saw hundreds of packages, and dozens of NUCs ready for customer pick up. Their hybrids are now primarily Buckfest and after installing 4 packages (one TBH install for a friend) I only got stung once on my thumb. I'm looking forward to my Wed. inspectins to see how they are doing (my 3 installs were all in med. boxes - 10 frame). I am really looking forward to the next year and my first harvests...
    Mike
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    Default Re: Just added 3 more hives fom BeeWeaver packages.

    Cool, look forward to hearing how the do for you later on.

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    Default Re: Just added 3 more hives fom BeeWeaver packages.

    I'm picking up two B Weaver packages this Saturday. I love their bees, and Laura Weaver is the best.

    Did they change their hybrid "mix"?

    Sondra

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    Default Re: Just added 3 more hives fom BeeWeaver packages.

    Reading through this forum it appears many find their Bees to be a bit on the HOT side but I think this was talked about a few years back (09 ish). Curious how their personality is 3 or so years later?

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    Default Re: Just added 3 more hives fom BeeWeaver packages.

    I remember that discussion from several months ago, too; it comes up rather often.

    My B Weavers aren't hot. This makes only one year with them, after a few swarms. Can't comment on 3 years.

    Also, you probably know this, but B Weavers are treatment-free. I've never treated mine.

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    Default Re: Just added 3 more hives fom BeeWeaver packages.

    When I picked up my 3 packages of bees Sat., 6 Apr. '13, I got the opportunity to talk to and meet Laura Weaver. Yes they updated their bee definition this year, it used to say they were Italian hybrids, the new one is an update that more accurately reflects their genetics. Below is a cut and paste from their Queen page. My bees from last year still are not "hot" and I am very pleased with them. The closest I come to treatment is Honey Bee Healthy & Amino Bee Booster during install and winter feeding. Two of my hives had their second super added two weeks ago, so I am very pleased with their early preparation (not a lot of honey yet, but good comb building).

    "BeeWeaver Queens are a hybrid of our very best All Star and Buckfast and BeeSMaRt colonies. After selecting for mite resistance, high honey production and healthy populations in all our queen lines for over a decade we found our breeds became similar. Our choice to combine the breeds will bring you the best all around bees possible and better customer service. This decision may have been an obvious one to make, but it was not an easy one. We hope as the beekeeping world evolves you will find that our own evolution is the best path to overcome today’s challenges in the world of bees."
    Last edited by mmmooretx; 04-09-2013 at 10:45 AM. Reason: Typo correction
    Mike
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    Default Re: Just added 3 more hives fom BeeWeaver packages.

    There's a video from their site in which Daniel Weaver is addressing the Central Texas Beekeepers' Association in January of 2010. He said their bees were Mellifera, Ligustica, Caucasica and Scutellata (German, Italian, Near East and African). I'm going to ask Laura when I see her Saturday if they have altered that.

    Oh, I hear you on the comb-building. The girls are goin' to town!!!

    Sondra

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    Default Re: Just added 3 more hives fom BeeWeaver packages.

    Quote Originally Posted by trance View Post
    Reading through this forum it appears many find their Bees to be a bit on the HOT side but I think this was talked about a few years back (09 ish). Curious how their personality is 3 or so years later?
    I just installed a B Weaver nuc on the 6th and found those bees were very docile. They were not at all aggressive.

    I helped a neighbor with his bees a few weeks ago and those were definitely hot. They were bouncing off my veil so much, they looked like popcorn!

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    Default Re: Just added 3 more hives fom BeeWeaver packages.

    At 135 each plus shipping beeweaver prices for packages are rather expensive--is the price justified for those out there who have bought from them before? On face I cant see how but I would like those who have gotten them to chime in.
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    Default Re: Just added 3 more hives fom BeeWeaver packages.

    I have 6, my vote is yes.
    Mike
    N5RWH - 9a

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