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I bought my first 3# package of bees from them and it was a pleasure. I know it was my 1st package ever but it seamed to me not many bees died in transit from Georgia to West Virginia. They shipped priority 2nd day USPS. They seam to be really healthy and quit active after getting them out of the package. Overall I would definitely order from them again.
 

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I was going to start a thread, but, I'll piggy back on this one. I impulse bought 2 packages from Mountain Sweet Honey off a December special. I ordered them to early (on purpose) for our area, however, I lucked out with the weather. I have not had bees in a number of years. It has been around 15 years since I ordered packages. Like the OP my packages came with very few if any dead bees. The packages appeared to me to have plenty of bees and big plump queens. I did not get to do a complete check the hive for a couple of weeks. When I did I found the queens had each layed a frame solid front and back and had layed in every other available space. They had each drawn out around 5 frames and were taking 1 quart of syrup per day. Also all the package workers looked healthy. The bees have also been very calm. I check and change the syrup feeders every day without a veil or gloves. I realize this is not representative of these queens workers yet. I do not remember my old queens laying such solid patterns. I was very pleased with the packages and will not hesitate to order packages or queens from Mountain Sweet Honey again. Thanks.
 

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Their business is about 30 miles away from my house.I bought a 3# Italian package from MSH last year. The bees have done fine and they were friendly people to do business with.
 

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Want to update this thread. I have had the bees since march 30. The not only built up well, they supplied 9 other hives from packages and nucs, that were from other places, with bees and brood to build up. I mean a lot of brood and bees. They helped their two and those nine be split into 33 hives. They are still going strong. In retrospect I wished I had ordered more packages from these guys and not bought packages or nucs elsewhere. If I needed to buy packages or nucs for next year this is where I would get them. Sometime in the future I will order some queens from them.
 

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Just throwing in my review with everyone else's: I ordered two packages (with queens) from them earlier this year. One hive did great! (As a newbie I don't really have anything to compare to, but it seems to be moving right along and no problems.) The other hive in comparison did terrible -- after a few months there was still only two or three frames filled out, the queen was laying but not very well. That was my hive that succumbed to robbing and failed (as an amateur beekeeper I take some responsibility for that, but I do wonder what would have happened if it was a stronger hive.)

Anyway -- I'm super glad it seems my experience with that one hive was totally the exception rather than the norm!
 

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My experience wasn’t so good. I ordered twelve queens February the 15th.to be shipped April third. Last week I got an email saying they were going to be sent a week later. This week I got another email saying they are going to be 14 days late. I called yesterday to cancel my order and they charged me 35.00 dollars just to cancel it. I didn’t want to take off a hundred honey supers just to make twelve nucs. I’ll not be ordering from them again.
 

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My experience wasn’t so good. I ordered twelve queens February the 15th.to be shipped April third. Last week I got an email saying they were going to be sent a week later. This week I got another email saying they are going to be 14 days late. I called yesterday to cancel my order and they charged me 35.00 dollars just to cancel it. I didn’t want to take off a hundred honey supers just to make twelve nucs. I’ll not be ordering from them again.
I know queen rearing in the south has been delayed due to poor weather, but I don't think they should have charged you a cancellation fee, due to the circumstances.
 

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I ordered from them for the first time this yr, just 1 3lb package , it has been delayed twice. I will update

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Got an email today delayed another month ; that makes 6 weeks of delays.
 

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I wish you the best of luck if you decide to cancel your order. I know that I will not be ordering from them again. I don’t see how they stay in business if there doing all their orders like this.
 

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Got another package from them today. They shipped them on Friday and the post office called me today. They look great maybe 50 dead bees. Queen is small as expected. Overall a positive experience.
 
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