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  1. #1
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    Default Has anyone used www.fastbees.net to order bees?

    I am wondering if anyone has ordered from Zaur at Smart Bees www.fastbees.net? I was looking to obtain my first ever nuc of bees to start a hive, but unfortunately I am out of town for work from March-middle of May (aka the prime season to obtain bees). This man's website is the only place I could find that has any packages or nucs available around the 14th of May. His prices are higher than other sites, but I don't mind that since I am out of town for so long as long as he's reliable and his bees are healthy.

    Anyone know anything?
    Last edited by jeremyhodges; 02-16-2015 at 11:04 PM.

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    Default Re: Has anyone used www.fastbees.net to order bees?

    Have you tried craigslist? You may find a local who's able sell you a nuc.

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    Default Re: Has anyone used www.fastbees.net to order bees?

    Yes, I've spoken to all the local beekeepers I've been able to find and none of them think they'll have anything available at that time.

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    Default Re: Has anyone used www.fastbees.net to order bees?

    A bit pricey, but if you gotta have it...
    If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
    Abraham Maslow

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    Default Re: Has anyone used www.fastbees.net to order bees?

    Is there a local bee club you could ask?
    Buy the ticket, take the ride. -H.S. Thompson

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    Default Re: Has anyone used www.fastbees.net to order bees?

    At 250 for a nuc and 90 for a.queen, I'd pass and keep trying. Look around the web, call bee supply places, we still.get packages and nucs in mid may, so you should be able to.also, and quite a bit cheaper.
    Allegany Mtn. Bee Farm
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    Default Re: Has anyone used www.fastbees.net to order bees?

    Why not buy now and pick up later? Or, buy now, have the nuc delivered to a friend to hold for you until you can pick up?
    --shinbone
    (4th year, Zone 5b, 10/12 hives survived W'14)

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    Default Re: Has anyone used www.fastbees.net to order bees?

    O m g with those prices I could retire in a couple years. 9o for a queen. I've heard a queen is worth her weight in gold. But I beloved he tipped the scale a little and that nuc price u can buy a hive. I need to up my prices.

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    Default Re: Has anyone used www.fastbees.net to order bees?

    Doesn't every bee supplier in California have bees available 5/14? Maybe they are sold out by then? Set your hive up as a bait hive...swarming in San Diego probably starts next week? Or weeks ago? Doesn't your bee club get packages in April? Someone could fill you box while you are gone? I would think that beekeeping in San Diego is easier than fishing at a trout farm.

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    Default Re: Has anyone used www.fastbees.net to order bees?

    I bet you could find a local beekeeper that would be very happy to sell you a quality nuc for half the price. I would dig a little deeper. Maybe even get an email out to the local bee clubs. You could buy a full hive coming off almonds for much less.

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    Default Re: Has anyone used www.fastbees.net to order bees?

    Most package suppliers are sold out already. If you haven reserved your order by now, I would recommend ordering soon. In mid May, you should check with local clubs like MTN-bees says. You could probably buy a good nuc from someone.
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