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April 30th 2010

We have had a busy morning! The package bees arrived at 9:15 AM and the tour of 2nd graders arrived at 9:30 AM...needless to say that was really bad timing. There were bees flying all over the place and the kids were a little scared. I figure that we had about 3 million bees here this morning but only a 1,000 or so on the loose. Not something we like to have happen when we have a tour of kids here.

Yesterday my son Collin and I went and collected the first swarm of 2010. Collin has been studying honeybees in his school work and told me that he would like to have a hive of bees, so I decided that this would be a good opportunity for him to get some bees for free. We were very happy to see that the swarm was of good size and looked very healthy.

I let Collin do all the work, below he is shaking the swarm into the hive body. Notice that he isn't wearing any protective clothing...I'm happy to see that he doesn't have any fear of the bees that will ultimately make him a better beekeeper.

April 29th 2010

I had a very nice lady from Landmark Tours stop in to look around this morning. She just wanted to see what we had here and may add us as a stop for some of their bus tours.

I spent a lot of today getting ready for the big tour tomorrow and the arrival of the package bees. I hope we can get the tour done before the bees roll in, all those bees may be a little intimidating to the 2nd graders that will be here. It looks like it's going to be a perfect day to give a tour and to get the bees in. I plan on setting up the chairs and giving my initial presentation outside, which will gives us more room inside around the observation hive.

April 28th 2010

It was very cold out this morning but it has warmed up enough now that the bees are out working.

My son Collin and I got the rest of the plastic 5 gallons pails stored away upstairs in the barn today. We wanted to get them out of the warehouse before the bees come in on Friday. When we got done with that we worked on mowing around the business and around the home beesite.

We received another package of bees in the mail today...they arrived in perfect condition and are now settling in to their new home.

April 27th 2010

Because Al is on the way to Georgia to get the bees, I had to get the honey tank ready to bottle this morning and clean up afterwards...that took a big chunk out of my day. I have been trying to get caught up all afternoon but I'm not quite going to make it by closing time. I have had a lot custom labels to print and ship, pages of emails to answer, plus I have an observation hive to ship (will just have to get to that in the morning), the phones have been ringing almost constantly.

It has been snowing on and off all day here...yuck! Not good bee weather! I will be covering the garden plants tonight for sure.

You Might be a Redneck if...your favorite meal has a combo number.

April 23rd 2010

Bill and Bonnie are taking the day off today and as usually when someone is gone it gets busier than normal. We have had quite a few walk-in customers and one group that stopped for a tour, a truck delivered the last of our empty 5 gallon pails, had shipped orders to do plus lots and lots of phone calls!

I would say that 1/3 of the phone calls were people looking for queens - RIGHT NOW, of course we don't have any, right now, but we will a week from today.

I think that I am getting my daughter's sinus cold - need to increase my propolis dosage.

Turned out to be a really nice day but it sure was cold this morning - we had 27 F when I got up this morning - it is in the 60's now.

You Might be a Redneck if...strangers frequently address your wife as "sir".

April 22nd 2010

I had another tour to give this morning and it went fine. They were pre-school kids and they were very well behaved for their age.

This afternoon I worked on getting our van ready to head to Georgia to pickup package bees next week. I changed the oil and filter, cleaned it up, put up some window screen on the rack behind the seats to help keep the bees in the back. In the old days I can remember getting a "surprise" in the middle of the night on the drive home with the bees...a sting in the ankle by a bee that had crawled upfront...the screen has really helped prevent those unpleasant surprises! We loaded the van with some wholesale honey orders, that have to be delivered on the way down. Archie and Al will be heading out Sunday afternoon for the long drive down.

We also got another package of bees in the mail today. They arrived in very good condition and Bill got them installed into a hive.

The weather continues to be nice here but the nights have been cool enough that we have been lighting the woodstove overnight.

April 21st 2010

12:16 PM - We have had a lot of walk-in customers today that are keeping us busy as bees.

I finally finished emailing all the proposed ship dates for the package bees to excited beekeepers all around the eastern United States. I sure have put a lot of time in this year sending emails.

After lunch today I am going to take a frame of brood out of our observation hive. I need to prevent it from swarming, mainly because of all the upcoming tours...I don't like having an observation hive with no queen for the kids to see.

4:00 PM - I got the observation hive all done. I removed a frame of brood and bees which Bill placed in one of hives we started from a package a couple of weeks ago, he then brought down a frame of honey that I put back into the observation hive. I also put a new mark on the queen, she is now sporting a bright blue paint job.

I also drilled holes in some cardboard boxes...why would I do such a thing you ask? Well...we will start shipping queens on May 3rd and we use the boxes to ship the queens by U.P.S. I drill the holes so they have lots of air circulation.

You Might be a Redneck if...you're unable to start a family due to a childhood wedgie.

April 20th 2010

We had a tour group in this morning of 1st graders, it went very well, the kids were well behaved and I think/hope they all learned something about honeybees. We have another tour of kids coming in on Thursday. We will have at least 2 tours every week now until June.

We also bottled a tank of Wildflower Honey this morning, all into 5 gallon pails, so it only took one person to do that.

The bees are working hard on the dandelions despite the cooler temperatures today. The kids were able to see the bees on the flowers collecting pollen and nectar.

We are going to be really busy for the next week preparing for the incoming package bees...hopefully they do not get delayed any further.

You Might be a Redneck if...your one phone call from jail is to someone in another jail.

April 14th 2010

I had a long day on Wednesday...got up early to head to the junk yard with my son, we got most of the items we needed with the exception of the radiator, air bags and the part of the frame, we hope to get that stuff next week. After working all day on that I had to come to work at 5:00 PM to give a tour to some Girl Scouts and I didn't get home until almost 8:00 PM...needless to say I slept good last night!

Today I had a lecture to give in Wellsboro, PA that took up a lot of my morning. When I got back I shipped a cherry observation hive to California and now I'm trying to get caught up on emails. We also got in a truck load of 5 gallon plastic pails today...which we need to get put away in our "spare time".

Looks like cooler weather coming in for the rest of the week...bummer...the bees are just getting started on the dandelions. 

April 13th 2010

I have had lots to do today. We had an electrical problem in our hot-room (the room we put drums of honey in to reliquify) yesterday, one of the outlets got hot and kicked the breaker. I ended up rewiring the entire thing and replacing the breaker in the box. By the time I got that all done it was past lunch time and I had to run to our local junk yard to pay for the wrecked car that I want to fix and drive. I won't be working tomorrow the 14th because I am going to get parts for the car a purchased...I'll be back on Thursday!

April 9th 2010

We received 2 packages of bees in today at the Post Office in Mansfield, PA. When we have a customer cancel an order, instead of canceling it altogether, we just have it shipped to us because we can always use them.

Below is a picture of the packages...they arrived in beautiful condition!

Our one observation hive had a bad queen so we decided to install one of the packages into that hive. Below is a picture of the hive before I did anything. The picture on the left shows the very few bees that survived the winter. The picture on the right shows the evidence that proves we had a bad queen...lots and lots of drone cells.

The first thing I had to do was find the old queen and force her in to "early retirement", after that I shook the few bees that were there off of the frames and into a nuc box. Bill brought me down 2 nice full frames of honey from another hive, I reused one of the existing frames and I had Al make me up a new 5 3/8" frame for the top. I put those frames into the nuc box, opened up one of the packages we got and shook them right on top. I closed the lid and gave them some time to disperse onto the frames. Once the majority of the bees were on the frames I simply picked up one frame at a time and inserted it in to the observation hive.

Pictured below are the bees that were still in the nuc box. I set up a piece of cardboard on top of a drum right at the entrance to the observation hive and shook them out on to it. With a little smoke they all headed right in.

Pictured below on the left is the new queen in the lower right corner of the observation hive. I poked a little hole in the candy so they should have her out of there in a couple of days. She has a nice blue mark that will make it easier to spot her. The picture on the left is of the entire observation hive...a lot more bees there now.

I did manage to get stung 4 times during the process; twice on my fingers, once right in the armpit - ouch and once...well very, very close to "home plate". I knew that I should have worn my boots and not sneakers...it's like inviting the bees to crawl up your pant legs.

You Might be a Redneck if...healthy foods give you indigestion.

April 8th 2010

We are now sold out of package bees. Things have been getting a late start as it is but we got a call this morning from one of our southern producers and they informed us that because of poor weather conditions all orders are being delayed by 1 week. That means that our pickup dates are also delayed by a week. I believe that this year will be the latest pickup date we have ever had with our second load being available for pickup on May 14th and 15th. We have had much nicer weather in the northeast then they have had in the south.

We bottled Wildflower honey this morning into 1776 jars...and I have a blister on my hand to prove it! I put all the lids on those jars and after the thousandth jar my hand was getting sore.

April 7th 2010

Another unseasonably warm day here in Northeastern Pennsylvania!

We have dandelions blooming at the end of our building and the bees are on them...let the nectar flow begin!

Today I had to transfer 2000 lbs of granulated sugar from a large factory floor tote to drums so we can handle it easier and store it longer. This was the first time we have gotten it in this way so it was a learning experience. It's surprising how fast the sugar runs out once you open the bottom of the bag! Managed to get quite a bit of sugar on myself and for some reason the bees started following be around after that...I can't imagine way?! We will use the sugar to make syrup to feed to the package bees that will be coming in soon.

April 6th 2010

What a crazy day! First thing this morning I was told that we were sold out of package bees and that I should remove them from the website...not long after I just that, we got a call from our southern producer to inform us that they would be able to provide us with some more packages...so I had to put all the ordering information back up on the website. It seems that we are the only ones that still have packages available so I'd bet they will be gone pretty quickly.

Al and I went out this morning to fix a couple of our electric fences that weren't working the way they should be...both fences were only lighting up 2 lights on our tester when they should be lighting up 4 or 5. The first thing I always try is to just replace the battery and then the fencer unit and then check the ground, but it turns out the batteries were the problem, both of them just had a dead cell. We traded them in on some new ones and everything is working like it should.

It was raining this morning with some thunder and lighting but it has ended up being a really nice day. The bees are bringing in pollen like they are afraid it's going to run out or something.

You Might be a Redneck if...you know of thirty uses for old tires.

April 3rd 2010

Our one observation hive is getting ready to swarm already and has started constructing queen cells. Below you can see the worker bee putting her head up into the cell.

Jesus himself enjoyed some honey just after his resurrection, it is written in Luke 24:42 "...they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb." (from the King James Version of the Bible)

Hope everyone has a Blessed Easter!

April 2nd 2010

Record breaking temperatures here today. The grass is really starting to green up and even though I like mowing...well for the first month or so...I don't want to start yet!

Perfect day to work on vehicles - won't be long and we will be heading south to get package bees and the van needs to be in tip-top condition....I rotated the tires, changed the air filter and wiper blades, and checked the breaks.

Lot's to do at home this weekend going to try to tear the old roof of our cover bridge, put on new plywood and re-shingle it to match our house. Hope to have it done before Easter day.

You Might be a Redneck if...you fish coins out of public fountains.

April 1st 2010

Been working on building shipping containers for our observation hives. It's a perfect day to do it too! We have had to start using wooden boxes as the cardboard ones kept getting damaged.

Saw my first snake of the year, it was slithering across the driveway as I went by on my 4-wheeler. I also saw lots of bees flying around which makes me happy!

March 31st 2010

It's a very nice sunny day and the bees and I have been enjoying it!

Seeing more and more buds starting to appear, particularly our forsythia bushes. I hope to get the garden tilled, sift some dirt to get ready for the carrots and maybe even put the potatoes in the ground this week. I have been looking forward to getting back outside and working. I find that I am the reverse of the bear, I tend to put on weight over the winter so my body can live on the extra pounds during the warm seasons -

I printed 1500 custom labels today, in between phone calls and customers. The phones have been really busy today, a lot of the phone calls were just people asking beekeeping questions. A lot of the questions were about making splits from over-wintered hives and whether or not they should let the bees make a queen or order one. In most cases I think letting the bees make their own queens is a better option, but it really depends on what the weather has been like leading up to making the split and after you make the split...leading up to because the drone population in the area needs to be as high as possible to provide good mating partners for the new queen and nice warm weather will help with that, after because the new queen will need 2 weeks to develop and hatch and another week to go out on her mating flight and obviously nice weather is more desirable. If by chance there is a lot of rain then purchasing a queen may be the best option.

You Might be a Redneck if...your rap sheet is actually 6 sheets.

March 30th 2010

Cloudy and windy all day - can't wait for that warmer weather they are predicting for our area later this week.

We sold out of the package bees for pickup at our location this morning and I expect we will be done taking shipped orders by the end of the week. Otherwise today has been the same old, same old.

From an email:

Dear Beekeeper:

The Apiary Inspectors of America and the USDA-ARS Beltsville Bee Research Laboratory are seeking your help in tabulating the winter losses that occurred over the winter of 2009-2010. This continues the AIA/USDA survey efforts from the past 3 years which has been important in quantifying the losses of honey bees for government, media, and researchers.

This years survey is faster, easier and does not require your time on the phone. It is all web based and automatic, just fill and click.

Please take a few moments to fill out our winter loss survey at:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/beeloss0910

This survey will be conducted until April 16th, 2010.

Here is something new...I got this email from someone and thought it was good enough to share.

Mayonnaise Jar & Two Beers...

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.

The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed..

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car..

The sand is everything else---the small stuff.

'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children.

Spend time with your parents.

Visit with grandparents.

Take your spouse out to dinner.

Play another 18.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter.

Set your priorities.

The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented.

The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.'

The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

March 26th 2010

Boy...did it get cold last night and we even have some snow/ice on the ground this morning. The sun is out now but it is far from being warm and inviting!

The days just seem to get busier and busier! Today we had all kinds of orders to ship, phone calls about package bees and even a people stopped in to take a tour. I'm very proud of my son, Collin, as he gave his first full tour all by himself today as part of his home schooling and lucky for him the family he took around are also home schooled. He did a great job and it's nice to know I can pass on some of those responsibilities on to him as he gets older. Tomorrow is his 15th birthday - Happy Birthday Collin!

I posted a new video on how to install package bees on our website and on YouTube today. The video was done by Bud Amann Ph.D. from Corning Community College and he did a great job!

March 25th 2010

We have been busy again today with all the normal stuff plus we had a shipment of royal jelly come in. I got in today via U.P.S. some natural lemon oil that I added to a 5 gallon pail of honey for a customer in California and I have to say that it tasted very good. At one time we offered a lemon flavored honey and after mixing up this batch I think we should offer it once again.

It's after 5:00 PM already and I have to get ready for a small tour that is coming in tomorrow morning...so not much time to blog.

March 24th 2010

We have been busy as bees today!

We had a load of woodenware come in today, that had to be sorted and put into inventory. I have been working on a custom labeled honey order that is being shipped to Las Vegas. We also have been getting in a lot of package bee orders and wholesale honey orders for next weeks delivery in the Ohio area.

Today has just gone by too fast!

March 23rd 2010

Unfortunately the weather has reverted to more what we expect it to be like this time of year...there certainly aren't too many bees out flying today.

We bottled honey this morning and we have had a lot of customers in today which seems odd for a Tuesday...but we aren't complaining that's for sure!

We are now sold out of the All American and Buckfast package and queen bees. We still have some Italian packages and queens available. We expect to be done with the Italian packages in the next week or so but we should have queens from now until September sometime.

You Might be a Redneck if...you've ever spent the night in a storage unit.

March 20th 2010

Happy Spring Everyone!

March 19th 2010

I thought yesterday was busy...not compared to today!

I started out getting an mahogany observation hive packed up to ship to Texas. This is the first time I have shipped one of these hives, they are different then our regular observation hives in that they do not turn and have external doors that can be shut and locked. Because it one solid unit it is too big to ship with U.P.S. so I had to palletize it to be truck shipped. It took me 3 hours to get it ready to go. Spent the rest of the day shipping orders and talking with walk-in customers.

Bill finished up checking the hives and the final numbers are not good - we lost 140 hives out of 240. From what we are hearing the Northeast has been hit really hard and the losses are at least 50% for most beekeepers.

Below are the pictures from yesterday.

I bottled 180 jars of 1 lb. blueberry flavored honey yesterday. The picture above is the jars on their way through our shrink band machine.

The above pictures are of the maple tree in our yard which is the first source of pollen for our bees. The tree has been "alive" with bees all week.

March 18th 2010

It has been a very busy day today!

We shipped an oak observation hive to Oxford University in England, I bottled some flavored honey, we had a honey packer from RI stop in to pickup some bulk honey, plus all the regular activates like answering phone, shipping orders and walk-in customers.

I took some pictures today that I wanted to post however I just don't have time, it's after 5:00 already and I have to go to an induction ceremony at the school tonight for my oldest daughter. She has been accepted into the National Honor Society, which I guess is something different then what she is in school already.

I will post the pictures tomorrow.

March 17th 2010

It's another bee-utiful day out there!

I had to give a lecture today at the Senior Center in Wellsboro, PA and it was a lot of fun. I think I enjoy the senior citizens the most out of all the groups I speak to, they are always interested, ask lots of questions and normally have their own bees stories to tell me.

We had planned on going out to work the bees this afternoon but when I got back we had orders to ship out and the phones have been really busy. Hopefully tomorrow we will be able to get some more sites checked.

The bees in our observation hive are bringing in pollen today!

You Might be a Redneck if...your grandmother wears a tank top without a bra.
(I find the mental image to be quite disturbing!)

March 16th 2010

It was a little cold when I got up this morning but seeing the sun is as energizing as a cup of coffee!

Below is a list of beekeeping don'ts that I got in an email from another beekeeper.


A lit smoker can ignite a load of honey supers on the way to the next yard.

A free swinging (unsecured) boom loader WILL cause panic in oncoming traffic.

Pollen patties made too wet WILL fall down to the bottom board and make a real mess. Put them on a piece of wax paper.

Poorly secured hives CAN fall off the truck at the worst possible moment.

Not having an extra battery with you WILL guarantee that the fence battery will be dead at the next yard.

Leaving the extracting room to take a break, because everything is running smoothly, WILL guarantee a floor covered with honey when you get back. 

DO NOT drink a sixer before sitting in the bee yard all night with a 30-30 if you are serious about hitting the bear that's coming in.

Falling asleep while moving a pickup load of bees is a no no. Makes a bad job for the beekeeper that gets called to clean up the mess so they can re-open the highway.

Make sure you are unloading in the right almond orchard

Do not move pallets of hives across pasture to another coral, on tractor with front forks, without strapping the hives to the pallet. One little chug hole...

Don't trust the farmer when he says "That area NEVER floods."

Always walk the area of new yards where you will be driving and placing the bees. Just because the landowner says there is nothing (old machinery in the tall grass) on the ground doesn't mean he knows for sure.

Just because no one has saw a bear in the area doesn't mean they are not there.

"There ain't no bear around here, that's over thattaway."

Make sure the barrel ring is on before trying to move it

Never load a semi with bees without a veil when a new guy is operating a swinger for the first time.

It's not too hard to talk the cop out of a ticket when your station wagon is full of angry bees and you've got a veil on.

Never ever attempt to do any other activity while drumming honey - I saw this one numerous times.

Do not leave the building with the honey pump running into the holding tank when it only holds 8 drums not 12.


Below is a link to a new article about CCD.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35868422/ns/technology_and_science-washington_post/

3:35 PM - We are now sold out of 3 lb. packages for pick up at our location. We are still taking orders for shipped packages...although I expect them to be sold out soon also.

You Might be a Redneck if...every time you wear a Speedo someone calls the police.

March 12th 2010

Much cooler and rainy today.

I had to change the oil in our delivery van and fix a leaky sink in my Grandfather's house...now that that is done I think I had better work on packing up some propolis powder. I have had a note on my desk all week that it needs to get done...anyway I'm off - - - sounds like something a superhero would say...I need a good bee related superhero name...maybe - The Stinger - although the male bees in the hive don't have a stinger...hummmm have to think about it.

You Might be a Redneck if...the caterer for your wedding was Oscar Mayer.

March 11th 2010

Had a very busy day yesterday and today for that matter...and it only gets busier as we head into spring. Yesterday I worked on pre-counting frames, packing 200 ct. boxes of empty honey bear containers, weighing out and packing some mixed nails for resale, plus all the normal stuff like emails, phone calls and customers.

Today it is in the 60's here so we decided to head out and check some of the hives. We managed to get 4 sites checked. It's not looking all that good so far...we only lost 6 out of 24 on one site, 9 out of 24 on another, but on the other two sites we lost over half of the hives on both. In some of the hives the bees were just gone and in others there was lots of honey and lots of dead bees. None of them starved. We did have some late queen problems last year that is undoubtedly contributing to the losses. We were hoping to have fewer losses...of course...we still have to get out and inspect the other 6 sites yet, hopefully they will be better but we doubt it. Doesn't look like we will have nucs available to sell again this year...sorry.

You Might be a Redneck if...you moved into a double-wide to accommodate your wide screen TV.

March 9th 2010

With the nice weather beekeepers are starting to get out to check their hives and unfortunately we hearing that there have been substantial losses in some areas. Because of the losses we have been taking a lot of orders for package bees, if it keeps up at this pace we may be sold out by the end of this month.

The weather was very warm today and oh how we and the bees are enjoying it...however I expect that winter is far from over yet - I hope I'm wrong but it seems that we almost always get a winter storm in March.

We are now inventorying Honey-B-Healthy for anyone that may be interested. We are hoping to become a dealer so we can offer lower prices soon.

March 5th 2010

It looks like it's going to be another nice day here!

I updated our Hot Topics sections this morning with more of my Grandfather's book. I haven't had much time to work on it lately...hopefully by the end of the year I will have it all transcribed.

I need to start pre-counting some of our bee supplies before package bee day in April. We will have as many as 250 people here to pick up package bees and purchase some last minute supplies on that day and it is so much easier to have the frames and foundations bundled into groups of 10 ahead of time.

Below is a picture of our home beesite. The snow is just covering the bottom wire on the electric fence but I would bet that after this weekend it will drop below that.

 

You Might be a Redneck if...you've ever taken a deerskin to a dry cleaner.

March 4th 2010

It's nice to see the sun shining out there today!

I had to make a trip to the doctors today...ugh...turns out I have an acute respiratory infection. Been suffering for a couple months now...hope what she gave me takes care of it! From what they said I'm not the only one around here that has had it.

I walked back to work after I got home, past our home beesite, and there were some bees out flying around, unfortunately there were quite a few dead ones in the snow. We expect to see some of that and there really weren't all that many so hopefully they were just old-timers that just ran out of steam.

Our furniture was delivered and setup today. We even purchased a movie that we can watch down there tonight so we can sit on the new furniture. I'm afraid that the entire family will be fighting over who gets to sit on the new furniture.

You Might be a Redneck if...you've stood on your porch in just tighty-whiteys and work boots.

March 3rd 2010

Sorry that I didn't blog anything yesterday...I had a very busy morning and then had to travel to Tioga Center, NY to give a lecture in the afternoon so I just didn't get time to get it done.

It's snowing here again today...blahh...I'm really starting to get tired of all the clouds and precipitation! It looks like I will have to at least shovel but if it keep going I may have to plow again.

Package bee orders are really starting to pick up now, March is typically the month when we sell the most packages. I got an email yesterday from a southern package bee producer that is selling 6 pound packages right now. The packages just come with 6 pounds of bees and one would have to purchase any queens separately. I expect that they are imported from Australia. They would be great for someone in California or Texas but we sure couldn't use them up here right now.

Al is on vacation this week so we won't be bottling any honey.

On a personal note; I am somewhat excited about tomorrow! Every year we try to do something with a portion of our tax return around our place to improve things. Last year I built a new deck but this year we decided to finish our basement. We have been working on it for the last 4 years and a couple of months ago we finally installed the carpet and ordered some furniture and the furniture, that will finish the basement, is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow...yeah!

You Might be a Redneck if...you delayed your wedding because of hunting season.


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Containers / Custom Printed Labels / Observation Hives / Videos / Used Equipment
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Honeybee Products (honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, etc.)Jukebox /
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These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Home / Bee-Cam / Main Supplies Page / Woodenware / Foundation
Protective Gear & Equipment / Extracting Equipment / Misc. Supplies / Pest & Disease Controls
Containers / Custom Printed Labels / Observation Hives / Videos / Used Equipment
Beekeeping books / New Items Package Bees & Queens / Hot Topics / Beginners Kit /
Honeybee Products (honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, etc.)Jukebox /
Ordering
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he statements on this web site have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Royal W. Draper