December 13, 2013
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!!!!
It is more what you do with your
hives and the queens then where they come from.
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!
I am still extracting honey each week
December 4, 2013.
The growers in GA have raised
there prices for 2014 bees!
Prices can change
The prices below tell end of
December 12, 2013
December 13, 2013
Will have our new price below!
# 3 lb. package with an Italian Queen - $119.75 ea.
# 3 lb. package with a Russian Queen - $133.75 ea.
# 4 lb. package with an Italian Queen - $149.75 ea.
#4 lb. package with a Russian Queen - $164.75 ea.
Our nuc prices will be the price below
on December 13, 2013 into 2014.
Keep watching this area if there
is any changes in nuc prices.
# 4 Frame GA Nuc - Italian or Russian Queen $200.00 ea.
Queen prices will go up soon!
Single GA Queen in cage - Italian - $33.75 ea.
Single GA Queen in cage - Russian - $37.75 ea.
S/H Fees ( Postal prices are going up soon too)
for each Package, Nuc and several Queens
tell December 12, 2013.
Still checking on S/H rates
A 3 lb. GA packages - $40.00
A 4 lb. GA packages - $42.00
4 frame GA Nuc - $50.00
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!
There has been a change
in the schedule!!!
April 1, 2014
April 15, 2014
April 29, 2014
May 13, 2014
May 27, 2014
Persons coming here for
bees are scheduled some late
on a Wednesday but most
start on Thursday and
Nucs in from GA usually
start coming in late April
No word yet for 2014 nuc season.
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
there 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 us mailing
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.
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 # 5 done
can help greatly!
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
started for getting
part of your money back.
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 around $63.88 to $67.88
plus the price of the extra queen bee.
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
is usually in the spring of
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 in side
and all the equipment needed to work
When I am done with the
GA packages & nuc business
I will try to catch up on my
In most cases is all drawn combs
eggs, larva, celled 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.
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
at least 2 weeks which can amount to
a loss of production of 2,500 eggs per day.
Is a small hive that with
care will in most cases make you
honey the first season if started
and cared in early spring.
All nectar production requires
the right place for what size
nectar flows are in that area.
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 too in
past years tell middle of November