Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 34
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    guelph, canada
    Posts
    24

    Default where can I buy bees around guelph?

    Looking to buy a fully functioning bee hive{preferably italian bee's} close to guelph. It would be my first hive and I have no clue about keeping bee's other then the few books I have read. But I am going to give it a running start if I can next spring

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
    Posts
    6,121

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    Welcome to Beesource!

    Here is a vendor located in Guelph offering nucs:
    http://dougsbees.com/nucs.html

    Other possibilities are here:
    http://www.ontariobee.com/inside-oba...eeders/members
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Toronto, ON Canada
    Posts
    92

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    It shouldn't be difficult, it's a beekeeping hot spot. The problem is industrial ag and pesticides are fairly prevalent in the area as well.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
    Posts
    142

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    Wouldn't you be better off waiting till spring to do this?
    Cheers
    Rob

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Belleville, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    26

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    Quote Originally Posted by rmcpb View Post
    Wouldn't you be better off waiting till spring to do this?
    That's was going to be my advice as well.

    JJ

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    St. Albans, Vermont
    Posts
    5,384

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    David Eyre in Orilla raises italian stock. I've heard it's pretty good.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Lemont, Il U.S.A.
    Posts
    122

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    I know of a good Oktoberfest in Guelph!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
    Posts
    6,121

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    Hmm, from his original post, I think Mike has already decided next spring would be the right time ...

    Quote Originally Posted by mikebarber View Post
    But I am going to give it a running start if I can next spring
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Madoc, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    34

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    Tibor Szabo is nearby - Moffat, Ontario I think. To avoid confusion, father and son are both named Tibor and both involved with bees. Tibor Sr. is a prof at UoG. Might be honeybees.ca

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    guelph, canada
    Posts
    24

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    Wow! thanks everyone! And I am just investigating and feeling out for the spring. to reply to a few posts but i hear it is never to early to get your order in...

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Toronto, ON Canada
    Posts
    92

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    My experience with ordering ahead is that it doesn't provide you a benefit unless you pester the breeders all spring until there ready anyway. Despite ordering in January from 2 different breeders last year and contacting them both in the spring, I still didn't get my bees till much after other people who just happened to call them exactly when the bees were ready.

    At the spring Ontario beekeeping association meeting last year we were presented a map which correlated industrial agriculture areas with acute honeybee poisoning. The majority of this was happening in southern Ontario. There's a good deal of speculation from those buying colonies in this area that the result is compromised under performing colonies.
    Last edited by Beekeeping.IsGood.ca; 09-23-2013 at 08:17 AM.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    guelph, canada
    Posts
    24

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    so your saying that I shouldn't buy local bees...also I am not to worried about the pesticide use around guelph I am possibly going to put the hive at a friends place in town. He happens to have a huge piece of property within the city.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Caledonia, Ontario, CA
    Posts
    44

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    Hey mikebarber, go to the OBA(Ontario Beekeepers Association) website. Look for sales and service, then where to buy bees. You should be able to find a list of queen,nuc and colony producers there. Your best bet around Guelph would be Tibor Szabo or Alison VanAlten(Tuckamore Bee Company), both have great bees. Alison is very easy to talk to especially when your a new beek. If you don't mind going for a drive, I personally like Bill Fergusons Buckfast (Fergusons Apiaries). You should come out to a Golden Horseshoe Beekeepers Association meeting. We meet the 3rd Thursday of each month with the exception of December at Merritt Hall in Ancaster.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Toronto, ON Canada
    Posts
    92

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    I'd still get ontario bees. Once you get some healthy bees established in guelph proper I imagine you'd do well.

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    guelph, canada
    Posts
    24

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    I would love to come out and meet some beekeepers! I am sure i will meet just as many beekeepers as I will opinions lol would you shoot me an email when the meeting is going to bee held mikebarber@live.ca

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Caledonia, Ontario, CA
    Posts
    44

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikebarber View Post
    I would love to come out and meet some beekeepers! I am sure i will meet just as many beekeepers as I will opinions lol would you shoot me an email when the meeting is going to bee held mikebarber@live.ca
    You definitely will! The next meeting will be on Thurs, Oct 17. Unfortunately I will not be there as I have to work that day. Google, Goldenhorseshoe Beekeepers Association to find our website.

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    guelph, canada
    Posts
    24

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    Will do!

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Bolton, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    277

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    Quote Originally Posted by Beekeeping.IsGood.ca View Post
    My experience with ordering ahead is that it doesn't provide you a benefit unless you pester the breeders all spring until there ready anyway.
    .
    In my case I ordered my bees in Dec and I was the first to get them in June, The supplier told me when I was picking them up, that there was a lot of people he had to say no to, because they didn't order bees soon enough. Some suppliers have a cut off date of Feb, March for taking orders.
    Fist come first serve.

    +1 on Tibor Szabo bees!
    http://www.honeybees.ca/about.html

    Mike do you have your hive(s) and equipment yet?





    Glen
    You Tube bee Channel Zone 5A
    http://www.youtube.com/user/GlenGH

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Bolton, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    277

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    David Eyre in Orilla raises italian stock. I've heard it's pretty good.
    Not sure if David is offering bees again yet, He didn't have any to offer this past spring.
    He was working on getting back to a state to be able to offer bees to the public When I inquired.
    I stopped by his place to pick up a full set of his training videos.

    Dave's website, http://www.beeworks.com/index.html


    Glen
    You Tube bee Channel Zone 5A
    http://www.youtube.com/user/GlenGH

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Toronto, ON Canada
    Posts
    92

    Default Re: where can I buy bees around guelph?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glen H View Post
    In my case I ordered my bees in Dec and I was the first to get them in June.
    You're lucky. In my case I was told flat out by the beekeeper that he's good at bees not business administration and he just gave bees to whomever called him first after the bees were ready. A friend of mine with a different breeder had even put a deposit down on bees and his bees got sold to someone else.

    I didn't get my bees till mid-june while I know others had bees in May.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads