April 18, 2014
I Have Been Told There Will be Extra
Packages Of Honeybees on the Last Load
In May 2014
The 3rd load of packages
is due in soon
Persons that picked this coming
load as a 1st choice we hope
will get their
I will not for sure know how
it all stacks up tell I pick up what
has come for this 3rd load.
This spring is not like any
spring to date from my
well over a decade of selling
packages and nucs!
I am told every load there will not be any extra's
Most of the time there are extra's due to
how it all works out as nothing is for sure tell
the load moves North and ones see who showed up and
who didn't show up for their order one time.
#14 days now tell we start getting
beekeepers that drive here for
their scheduled pick up
for Honeybees in Packages
our #3rd load spring 2014!
I was told today the CA deal will
not come through tell next spring.
My CA contact will help me for 2015
Buckeye Bell Queens
I started this month
#10 - nucs was our start
for spring 2014!
The #10 Buckeye Bell Queens
I have not yet looked
at too soon and risky yet
to take a look at this
Special Queen in action!!
Our weather has been too unstable!
I have so far set up another 19 nucs too.
The weather is the problem to date not
enough warm days yet!!!!
This Queen is:
Good Brood Builder!
Breed Specifically to Be Gentle!
Northern Winter Hardy!
Queens Marked and Numbered!
Details Way Down
Our plan for 2014
Run Entire Yards With A Specific Queens Type
*****Color Code Hives on hive parts*****
Italian Queen - Buckeye Bell - Blue
Russian Queen - Red
Standard Italian - Green
The 1st load of Honeybees for 2014 is closed!
The 2nd load of Honeybees for 2014 is closed!
The 3rd load of Honeybees for 2014 is closed!
The 4th load of Honeybees for 2014 is closed!
The 5th load of Honeybees is still open!
We often have extra packages and nucs
but then you might not get what you want!
Due to so few packages this season the extra
packages might be few!!!
This season do not count on many extra's!
I will be very shocked if
their are extra bees
like past years in the spring!!!!
In 2013, 5,000 new beekeepers started
just in Ohio so think what this season will
bring! In one year 5 to 7 more clubs in just
OH were started so this spring the need will
be off the charts!!!!
We just finish the winter of all winters
super cold and that killed nearly 75 %
of all colonies so you can see the situation
we are facing this spring!!!
If you have not ordered bees soon you might
not get bees this spring.
Worse yet if you do not order soon
you will be staring in late in May.
A swarm in May is just like:
A Stack of Hay
A swarm in June is like:
A Silver Spoon
So May is not really late!
If any of you start later on in the spring
you must feed, feed, feed and more feed!!!
A hive will only grow with lots of help!!!!
Do yourself a favor and call A.S.A.P!
Don't forget to read about the
Parsons' Gold Solution
Herbal Jelly and Concentrate!
Been getting in requests for bees
since July 2013 for spring 2014
Don't let the cold weather make
you think no one is ordering!
We are getting in orders nearly
7 days a week now. When each load
is filled your order will be later & later!
Early starts have more bees
and more honey down the road!
When we are all sold out this is when
the cry will go out all over the
Nuc Prices Below Keep Going Down!!!!!
The Grower that we get our bees from
have been in this business for years!!!!
They run right at 7,000 to 11,000 colonies
Don't be fooled by where honeybees come
from as in this place or that place is better!
Right now just slightly over half of all my hives
are in from GA and they were power house hives
this past season making loads of honey!!!!
The honey haul as you are about to read
below was from 2013 spring packages and nucs!!!!!
It is more what you do with your
hives and the queens then where they come from.
Call us if you want to know more!!!
I produced more honey then I know
what to do with and will likely not finish
extracting my 2013 crop of honey any time soon!
This past season we had a lot of honey
so it was keep on hauling it in tell done.
I have never taken off honey
like this ever in the cold but due to the level of honey
produced 2013 season this will just have to do!
After the above story we took off 600 more lbs. then
the next day another amount close to 400 lbs.
Right now March 2014 we are seeing 50 to 60 degrees!
Left over honey will be fed back to the live hives.
We have several live hives in our largest apiary!!!
The growers in GA have raised
there prices for bees!
Prices can change
Our new 2014 prices below!
# 3 lb. package with an Italian Queen - $123.75 ea.
# 3 lb. package with a Russian Queen - $133.75 ea.
# 4 lb. package with an Italian Queen - $143.75 ea.
#4 lb. package with a Russian Queen - $153.75 ea.
Special order for the Buckeye Bell Queen to be in OH nucs
This new Buckeye Bell Queen in a
# 4 Frame nuc is $210.00 each.
Depending on the weather here in the Forest, OH area
We will try to have some ready by the end of April
2014 as a start for this season!
Don't hold your breath that we will make the mark!
We have not had what I would call a normal
spring weather pattern.
Call for details!!!
# 4 Frame GA Nuc - Italian or Russian Queen $200.00 ea.
This Nuc above can be shipped!
GA Nucs usually start coming the 3rd week in April.
GA nucs were sold out last week too!!!
OH nucs are pick-up only and we are shooting for
pick-up last days in April 2014 or 1st Weekend in May 2014
Everything depends of weather heat!!!
Call for availability of numbers of OH Nucs!!!!
Queen prices so far!
Single GA Queen in cage - Italian - $33.75 ea.
Single GA Queen in cage - Russian - $37.75 ea.
Single Buckeye Bell Queens in cage - Italian - $38.75 ea.
Due to weather in the South where this queen is being
breed the Buckeye Bell might start being higher in
numbers later this spring like end of May.
(Postal prices have gone up)
S/H postal rates below!
A 3 lb. GA packages - $42.00
A 4 lb. GA packages - $44.00
4 frame GA Nuc - $52.00
Queen orders right at
#5 - #6
queens per box.
Express mailing fee only- $24.00 each set.
Drive here and save!!!!
Dates for 2014
Nucs and Queens!
These dates are when
we will just start the
process for beekeepers
to come here for
We schedule each pick-up
Most persons lately order
in time to be getting their order
before it gets really hot!
The US Postal service as of
last year were the only persons
that would ship honeybees.
Honeybees in Packages or Nucs
go Priority ground mail only!
Dates below is when we will start
setting up times for beekeepers to
come for bee orders
Orders going by mail will go
out on or just after the dates below!
April 1, 2014
April 15, 2014
April 29, 2014
May 13, 2014
May 27, 2014
Persons coming here for
bees are scheduled some later
on a Wednesday but most
start on Thursday and
Nucs in from GA usually
start coming in late April
We each year get about 150 to 175 - 4 frame Nucs
It is much better if you want your
bees shipped to get them ordered
for early dates in the spring.
Many beekeepers last season drove
hundreds of miles one
way so they were able to
control the temperature better!
All our queen orders now go Express
and they are doing way better in the
Persons that drive here for
their bees haul them in
a cool vehicle with the air conditioner
going all the time!
When persons call us for GA bees
they are told related to the payment
of an order that we pay for each persons
order way before they get it by mail or
when they come here by an appointment.
If for any reason you get bees somewhere
else or catch a swarm after you paid us for
bees and you want to cancel that order
depending on the time you call us to
cancel we might have to keep
some or all of your money.
We do not get a deal paying
for your bees. It is super
expensive today to deal with
honeybees for all parties.
Once Packages, Nucs or Queens
have been received by the customer
our responsibility for
the most part is over!
We have no control what is done
with bee related items once out of our hands!
We take super care of
all bees and queens when
they are in our hands!!!
We get them to the mail
within a few
hours from us getting
We feed them in our care
and have air moving in
the area where they are kept
within a few minutes upon arriving!
A fan or two are going 24 hours around
the clock so air in their area is cooling
them all the times.
Honeybees are always hot when
they are in a cluster.
This is the reason why honeybees
are only provided from
March to end of May
Packaged bees come with
a feeder can and nucs have
honey in the combs but all
this does not replace them
being able to get out and fly
at the customers place very soon!
Another problem that we see
each year is prolonged
delay in persons
coming for their order.
Persons just do not
understand that honeybees
have a set number of days
cooped up in a cage before
they begin to die.
Persons are all excited
about getting their bees home
and hived but when the day comes
for them to come for their order
this is when they put it
off longer and longer.
Then when they do come
several days later they
are shocked if they see
dead bees on the floor
of the package or nuc box
In a perfect world there are
still some bees dead in a package
or nuc and that is to be expected.
Bees that are put in packages or nuc
are at all age levels. Honeybees are dieing
all the time at a rapid rate due to their
short life span.
If something is wrong with
the bees when you get them
at the P.O. you need to
take this up with the P.O.
right then before you remove
the item(s) from the P.O.
When bees are shipped
if there is an inch or more
of dead bees at the bottom
of a package or nuc
and the rest are still alive do not
get excited about that situation!
Packages or nuc in the mail suffer
greatly due to high heat in mail
trucks! This is the reason why
many persons pick driving here over
having their honeybees mailed.
Remember when you do get
to the Post Office
and see your order,
you have the proof of the
problem not us!
We are not responsible for
Packages, Nucs or Queens
once out of our hands.
them to the P.O.
or to the buyer and then
we have done our job!
You the beekeeper needs to find
training and education about honeybees
on your own! You need to learn
the steps and proceedures related to
queens and bees by yourself.
This was the very reason why
I decided to do DVD's to help
ones get more training before
the bees get to you.
We try our best for the little time
we have you on the phone or
you are here getting equipment or bees
but when you leave with the products
you have to gain the next steps
related to the learning of what
to do in the days and weeks to come.
Our Educational Honeybee related
DVD's now we have # 6 done
they can help greatly!
The 6th one was completed
January 2, 2014.
We try to answer lots of questions but still
we are only together a short period of time.
All bees and queens are
insured and you have
the proof if something seems
to be off.
Again do not leave the P.O. with
a bad situation. Tell the postal persons
and get the proper paper work
work started for getting
part of your money back
when you are at the Post Office.
I will tell you that we hive
all packages and nuc for persons
that fail to show for their orders.
In every case ones that are
low in numbers of bees all make it with
our tender care from hiving them
If no one picks up the phone
Leave a message with
a number or two
stated slowly twice!!!!!
# 4's have about 5,000 more young workers then #3's
so with a # 4 get an extra queen in a cage split it &
get another hive for less
Spring 2014 plans are to make a DVD
Showing in detail how to split a
Packages of Honeybees to make
Order a large order & save
All this below might change
on December 2, 2013!
# 10 # 25 packages get $2.00 off
# 26 # 50 packages get $4.00 off
#51 #100 packages get $6.00 off
#101 #200 packages get $8.00 off
201 + packages get $9.00 off
Our large supply of queens
are usually in the spring.
This below is more of a spring
process not for summer.
Many persons are ordering
the entire process done for them.
They want the equipment everthing ready
so all they have to do is come and pick up the
completed hive with the bees and queen inside
and all the equipment needed to work
When I am done with the
GA package & nuc business
I try to catch up on my
Is in most cases drawn combs
eggs, larva, sealed brood,
honey added or other sweetner
plus a mated queen
with many extra workers added.
My nucs have the queens
in with the bees.
Persons getting nucs are often moving them
only 100 to 200 miles and all in one day.
GA nucs that are trucked long distances
are at a stand still in egg laying.
Those nucs have a caged queen
and that means no egg laying for
a weeks which can amount to
a loss of production of 2,400 eggs per day.
However, if the queen were free to
move around when being hauled
the bees would likely kill her in rapid
Is a small hive that with
care will in most cases make you
honey the first season if started
early enough for the nectar production
in each specific area of the country.
All nectar production requires
the right nectar producing flowers,
the right heat and moisture and your
care when dealing with each hive,
Nucs come in 4 sizes
# 2 - Frame an observation hive!
# 3 - Frame needs time to grow!
# 4 - Frame these will grow fast!
# 5 - Frame this size will grow super fast!
We provided Ohio Nucs 2013
Was a good season.
We have provided hives in
past years tell middle of November.
Often persons think since I know a lot
about honeybees they can call at any time
and get a nuc or hive. The problem with that
thought is if the call comes in too late in the
spring or summer and supers
are filling with honey and
are too high or too heavy
we usually can't swing that request!