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  1. Bee Forum
    I will be getting back into things here in Pennsylvania this season and am wondering what kind of bees to order. I have heard good things about Saskatraz bees. My primary goal is to get honey. I have a beekeeper friend who lost 90% of his hives this year so I am not optimistic about chances of...
  2. Wanting to Buy
    I’m in middle TN and looking for a bee supplier in GA or FL that can supply 100+ 3lb packages for April. Looking for the best price as they will be for resale. I produce local nucs each year but have people calling and asking about packages. If I could get at a good price may consider...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    Ok - first post here so try not to pull out your stingers... New Hives; new foundation; new bees; new keeper; attending classes; looking for a mentor - I have two 10 frame deep hives that I have set up on 34 acres (alfalfa; soybeans; corn; wildflowers; etc all around for 15 mi radius)...
  4. Bee Forum
    Hello, First year keeper here and my first package finally arrived! Sadly it has been raining and thunderstorming for the past week and decent cold front has come through keeping our high today at 49ish degrees. I was planning on trying to keep the package in my climate controlled garage...
  5. For Sale
    Happy New Year! 3 lb package bees with Italian Queens for sale March 21/22 - Mount Airy, Md. $110 5 frame nucs, deep or medium - strong 5 frame nucs, no partially drawn frames April 29-30 - $145 (made in Maryland, queens started in Georgia with grafts from overwintered Maryland Queens)...
  6. Bee Forum
    I am confused about what I keep hearing about your first year, and not getting any honey. I have had hives before, but this year I am getting 4 hives which will have a few frames of drawn comb and the other frames have foundation. I am getting packages next week and hope to get some honey this...
  7. Where To Buy . . .
    I'm in WV, and thinking about purchasing from one of these two. Anyone have experience with either of them?
  8. Bee Forum
    I installed a package Sat. evening of very aggressive bees on fully drawn comb with plenty of capped honey & a lot of pollen. The feeder can was empty and they had built a small amount of comb around the queen cage. Since they were so hot I just hung her in the middle and did not release her...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    Background: So, I have five hives that are empty, all with frames of drawn comb (less than 3 years old each). Many frames of honey and pollen. Many empty. I have packages on the way. What is the best way to set up the hives to maximize the use of existing pollen and honey for the new...
  10. Consumer Report
    Hello: I am new to this forum, but not to beekeeping, as I've been practicing for about 10 years in the wet maritime climate of Western Washington. Just a word on my experience with Alaska Bee Products. A number of people in our community ordered from this company and I ordered 2 - 5# packages...
  11. Bee Forum
    I was asked this question and have not been able to find any stats.
  12. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    There are so many future beekeepers getting packages and worrying about the weather. The cold may kill your bees and you might have to buy more. What I need is a free source for bees. My latest endeavor was to volunteer my labor to the busiest beekeeper in the East Texas area. I told him I would...
  13. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    hey all! i intro'd myself in the intro thread. i'm looking to meet Horizontal Top Bar Hive Bkpers in montana and get tips and advice...but i'll do that online as well. there is a vast amount of info online and in published books and youtube. so much so that lately i think i'm going into a bit...
  14. Bee Forum
    Greetings! I am getting ready to order packages so I can have my first hives in the spring. While discussing varietals and such with another beek, they advised against buying bees from apiaries where africanized honey bees have been documented, just in case you wind up with an africanized...
  15. Bee Forum
    I had a few hives die out here in MN early last winter - I am guessing they just did not have enough numbers to properly cluster. These hives have a large quantities of residual winter stores - I am guessing 75# per 2 deeps. The hives are clean, dry, free of mold/mildew & don't appear to have...
  16. Welcome Forum
    Hello to all our beekeeping friends and future friends! I am a commercial beekeeper, started 3 years ago. My family always had a few hives but now I have thousands and am experiencing huge growing pains! I am challenged with what is the best way to sell bees but not to loose my drawn frames and...
  17. Beekeeping 101
    Thanks for all that responded with my package install questions. Installed the ladies monday and i am hoping so much that they like their homes and stay around. Here is my question: The pail feeders i made have very tiny holes - syrup doesn't well out and hang in a droplet like the cans from...
  18. Beekeeping 101
    I appreciate all the great advice I've gotten with questions as I am getting started as a newbie. Thanks so much. I am getting 2 packages next monday. The weather is forecast to be cold (low 40s during the day and low 30s at night). I am using foundationless frames in mediums (langstroth)...
  19. Beekeeping 101
    I have been thinking about the answers to these questions for a while, and thought I would ask for peoples opinion with the hope that it will help me, as well as some other new bee keepers who might be getting packages this spring, or some 2nd 3rd year keepers who might be expanding. It might...
  20. Bee Forum
    I'll requeen as soon as good queens are avaliable, so other qualities don't really matter. I just need bees early so they can start building comb/brood before our 45-day nectar flow that starts late April/early May. Thanks!
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