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New Bee
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Location: Muskegon, MI

« on: February 17, 2013, 10:38:54 AM »

 I've decided that I want to start a hive of either Italian or Russian bees, but I need to order them through the mail (there isn't anywhere around here to pick them up) - I'm in Western Michigan...and I was curious if anyone knew of a reputable website or company that ships bees.  I'm really hoping to place an order soon, and any info I can get would be super helpful.

Thanks all, and have a great rest of your weekend!!!


Vance G
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2013, 03:57:30 PM »

Personally I would choose italians or carniolans as I have heard too many people I respect express reservations about russian bees. is a mail order bee outlet that I would trust if I couldn't find some yooper to sell me bees.
Galactic Bee
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2013, 04:22:37 PM »

Try to find a local bee club. You may be able to make a contact there that may be able to tell you of someone local with packages for sale.

Holland Area Beekeepers Assoc
Richard Leonard
Phone: 616-875-7642

Michiana Beekeepers Assoc
James Kendall
Phone: 574-261-5678
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Super Bee
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Location: Ovett, Ms

« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2013, 08:25:31 PM »

I don't have a much experience, started with 3 hives. I bought a queen last spring that was a Cordovan/ Russian cross.  She has filled the hive with bees and they are gentle.  If when I check hives brood, if I need a queen I will probably get that cross again.  I am fairly new at this, just what I have seen from this one queen.  I like the yellow bees, they are a kind of Italian's I think.  Good luck

Super Bee
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2013, 09:35:38 AM »

girlie, what town are you from. There are a bunch of people that haul pkg bees to our state.
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