Hello from Lexington, VA
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  1. #1
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    Default Hello from Lexington, VA

    Long time beesource stalker, but this is my first post. Just moved to Lexington, VA (half way between Roanoke and Staunton). Is anyone in this area? If so, which club(s) would you recommend? About me: have been beekeeping since 2014, mostly treatment-free, and have between 2 and 7 colonies each year. I have been making my own splits and nucs, but would like to look into purchasing local nucs this winter since I'm not sure how well my existing colonies will acclimate (drove them up on the back of a trailer from TN in Nov).

    Any help would be appreciated- thanks.

    PP

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Hello from Lexington, VA

    to my knowledge you have about an hours drive to the closest association meetings.
    Botetourt Beekeepers meets in Fincastle on first Mondays and is on facebook for more information.
    The Shenandoah group meets in Fishersville and may be an easier drive for you because it is mostly I-64, I-81, I-64.
    The State Association is on Facebook and has a local site with club contact info.
    The State Association summer meeting is June 15/16 in Roanoke.
    The fall meeting, if the pattern continues, is second Saturday in November at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave -- also an easy drive for you.
    Whistle Creek Apiaries is a mid-sized outfit just west of Lexington -- you may want to make their acquaintance.
    Survival has been poor so far this winter, and there will be fewer nucs available than usual.
    The dealer with nucs closest to you is Valley Bee Supply in Fishersville.
    About a 5 hour drive will get you in Pennsylvania to Mann Lake office.
    About a 3 hour drive up 81 and then west into north eastern West Virginia is Geezer Ridge Farms.
    Welcome to Virginia.
    8 years, 8 hives

  4. #3
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    Default Re: Hello from Lexington, VA

    Thanks for all the info Rudy. Being in Roanoke, do you go to the Botetourt association meetings? If so, is it a big association? That's closest to me- about 40 min.

    Valley Bee is sold out of nucs. Looks like Blue Ridge Bees in Appomattox has some. I'm not used to buying nucs- hoping this is a one-time deal!

    Why all the winter losses in VA? Erratic weather?

  5. #4
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    Default Re: Hello from Lexington, VA

    Botetourt is my main association but I also am a member of Blue Ridge (which meets in Roanoke and is on facebook) and New River Valley (which would be a long drive for you) at NRVBA.ORG. The Shenandoah Association hosts the November Virginia State Beekeepers Association meeting so I've met a lot of the members. All Good.

    Losses: there is talk that the weather let mites do their viral damage early say June/July before August treatments.
    There is talk that the dearth in July - September was hard on the bees and they went into winter without large healthy clusters.
    Then we had (for us) unusually cold weather Dec 28-Jan 8 or so.
    Looking back, I had left plenty of honey on but would have done some pollen sub feeding in August.

    I forgot to say, earlier, attendance runs 25-30 most meetings.
    Last edited by RudyT; 02-06-2018 at 05:06 PM.
    8 years, 8 hives

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    Default Re: Hello from Lexington, VA

    Welcome Paul!
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    Default Re: Hello from Lexington, VA

    Quote Originally Posted by RudyT View Post
    Botetourt is my main association but I also am a member of Blue Ridge (which meets in Roanoke and is on facebook) and New River Valley (which would be a long drive for you) at NRVBA.ORG. The Shenandoah Association hosts the November Virginia State Beekeepers Association meeting so I've met a lot of the members. All Good.

    Losses: there is talk that the weather let mites do their viral damage early say June/July before August treatments.
    There is talk that the dearth in July - September was hard on the bees and they went into winter without large healthy clusters.
    Then we had (for us) unusually cold weather Dec 28-Jan 8 or so.
    Looking back, I had left plenty of honey on but would have done some pollen sub feeding in August.

    I forgot to say, earlier, attendance runs 25-30 most meetings.
    Thanks Rudy. I plan on checking out the association in Fincastile as well as Shenandoah. Much appreciated! Hopefully my 3 transplanted colonies adapt to the move successfully. They were out and about the other week, so I'm hopeful...

  8. #7
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    Default Re: Hello from Lexington, VA

    Welcome to the Old Dominion Paul, home of the first documented honey bees in America.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Default Re: Hello from Lexington, VA

    I'm also living in Lexington, VA, just getting started with beekeeping. Are there enough of us in Lexington to have our own little informal club? I'm sure I will have lots of questions in the comings weeks.

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    Default Re: Hello from Lexington, VA

    Hi, I'm just getting started beekeeping in Lexington, VA as well. It's too late to be asking this, but I guess I'll ask anyway - does anyone know if we need a permit?

  11. #10
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    Default Re: Hello from Lexington, VA

    Not for the state. You can check your city or county ordinances, probably online or call. If you don't find "honey bee" as a subject, be sure to search for "livestock."
    8 years, 8 hives

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