If you were planning on getting nucs which were made in NJ you should understand that Spring is late this year and your nucs will be too. If you get you nucs a week later than you expected they will be better for the wait.I am a newbee...I still have not received my nukes that I ordered last Nov. Bee guy said first or second week in May. Anyone in NJ that could tell me if this is the standard this year due to weather? Thank you
Ya think? I usually have my nucs boxed and ready for shipment by the first of May. Not this year. We're finally getting them in their boxes now, a week late. Plenty of nice ones that aren't quite ready to ship. So maybe that's the case in NJ this year. Your producer doesn't want to ship anything that isn't ready....you should understand that Spring is late this year...
Some good insight Chris. SABA was getting packages and installing them in the snow last year too. Seems their club really shoots for the too early for this area packages. Hey Georgia was cold and rainy and crappy in early March. I waited till almost the last week of March to go make my normal splits down there. I purposely waited a couple extra weeks so the queens would have better mating weather and the takes still were not the best, but definitely better than the 60% of those packages you are stating.Michael Palmer said "Better to go by their schedule than mine."
I met people that were getting packages (not nucs) at the Southern Adirondack (NY) Beekeeping Association extravaganza in the middle of March. That invokes lots of bee envy, especially this year. Lots of questions I had to answer as to why Betterbee did not have packages for people then. Those packages had to be installed in garages and houses since we still had 2 feet of snow. Another group of packages came up closer to the end of the month of March. They all come out of Georgia which was making the news for their cold and rainy weather. From one group of 100 packages at the end of March that we heard about, close to 40 have had to be requeened already. Queens need several matings in a short period soon after they emerge to be successful. They mate in the air and not close to the hives. If the weather is not good for them to fly or for the bees to be making drones, the queens get poorly mated or not mated and then fail. These queen failures have nothing to do with diseases or pesticides. Had these early packages come up on these dates 2 years ago, things would have been great. Pushing the schedule this year might not have gotten you anywhere but in trouble.
Good luck with your bees, I hope the wait is over soon and worth it.
If things continue the way they are, Russia will soon be sending you some nukes!!I am a newbee...I still have not received my nukes that I ordered last Nov. Bee guy said first or second week in May. Anyone in NJ that could tell me if this is the standard this year due to weather? Thank you