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« on: December 27, 2013, 05:07:42 PM »

It's that time of year again. So tell us, Where do you buy your package bees?    huh
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2013, 05:48:05 PM »

Our local bee club who picks them up in North Carolina. Our bee club usually get 225-250 packages for our new beeks who took our introductory course. Each new beek is assigned a mentor to watch them thru the first year.  I understand Mann Lake is trying to sell packages this year, so there is no track record for their bees. If you are in a local club it might be cheaper then buying 1 or 2 packages.   -Mike
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2013, 07:10:02 PM »

The Wilbanks Apiaries, Inc.
 3060 US Highway 280
 Claxton, GA 30417

This is my first year keeping bees and I got a 3 pound package from them on 7 Jun. I believe they are the 3 banded Italian. From what I've read I was lucky to have picked such good people. I think there was maybe 3 or 4 dead bees in the whole bunch. They have filled up the two 8 frame deeps and as of today they are wall to wall. I plan to split this hive at least once and maybe twice this new season.
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2013, 11:08:58 AM »

I am new to Bee Keeping , but I purchased mine two Italian packages from kellys.. I am located in the South so I figured buying from the South would be my best bet....
I was going to use Georga bees but April was sold out . So Kelly got my money because I can get my bees started in early April..

When you are not located near any Bee Suppliers mail order is about the only option getting started. Sadly a lot of suppliers on do pick up..
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2013, 08:24:54 PM »

If you are in a local club, there will probably bee several that will sell you a Nuc or a hive to start with.  The very first bees I got was a cut out, then I bought 3 hives from an estate, I have gotten Queens from a local beek also.  The beek I get the Queens from is furthest away, he's 35 miles.  When the weather is good here the bees are getting going in middle of Feb.




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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2013, 12:37:05 AM »

 Right now I'm considering ordering a package of Buckfast from RWeaver. R Weaver Apiaries
 I was also thinking of ordering "Connecticut Carniolan" from someone a bit more local but $155 seems a bit much for a 3 frame nuc. Full Bloom Apiaries
 I might try to cut cost by ordering a few package of Italians from a local source and then requeen with Buckfasts and Carniolans. Hillside Apiaries
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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2013, 10:31:49 AM »

Right now I'm considering ordering a package of Buckfast from RWeaver. R Weaver Apiaries
 I was also thinking of ordering "Connecticut Carniolan" from someone a bit more local but $155 seems a bit much for a 3 frame nuc. Full Bloom Apiaries
 I might try to cut cost by ordering a few package of Italians from a local source and then requeen with Buckfasts and Carniolans. Hillside Apiaries
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What will the final cost of that be? To get a package and a queen later include shipping. If you can get the local nuc soon enough you may be ahead with it.
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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2013, 12:35:28 PM »

I do not buy pkgs. any bees I've bought were locally bred nucs. I also capture swarms & do trap-outs & removals.
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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2013, 03:13:38 PM »

What will the final cost of that be? To get a package and a queen later include shipping. If you can get the local nuc soon enough you may be ahead with it.
The packaged bees cost $107 each. The Carniolan queen are $30 each, which I can pick up. I think this will give me a larger number of bees than buying a three frame nuc that may have been thrown together that morning.

 The price of a Buckfast queens will run about $28 each plus a huge amount for overnight shipping from Texas. If I went with three queens, I would guess I'm looking at about $200 plus $321 for the 3 packages of Italians. If I buy packages of the Buckfast, then I'm looking at $115 per package plus $48 for 2 day shipping. Not a huge savings but at least the queens will be kept warmer during transport.

 
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2013, 06:02:17 PM »

The packaged bees cost $107 each. The Carniolan queen are $30 each, which I can pick up. I think this will give me a larger number of bees than buying a three nuc that may have been thrown together that morning.

 The price of a Buckfast queens will run about $28 each plus a huge amount for overnight shipping from Texas. If I went with three queens, I would guess I'm looking at about $200 plus $321 for the 3 packages of Italians. If I buy packages of the Buckfast, then I'm looking at $115 per package plus $48 for 2 day shipping. Not a huge savings but at least the queens will be kept warmer during transport.


Do you not live close to Billeica,MA ?
Why not buy a nuc for $18.00 more and you get five deep frames to go with it ?
Merrimack Valley Apiaries sell's nuc
http://www.crystalsrawhoney.com/product/2014NUC_MA.html

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You need to really know what you are buying
Looks like your buying splits

A nuc already has a laying queen with their own brood and workers.



Or you can buy packages.
These packages are picked up only with not S&H

Tyngsboro, MA
http://www.nebees.com/queensnucsandpackages.php

South Deerfield, Massachusetts
http://www.warmcolorsapiary.com/Bees.asp

I can give you a lot more in Massachusetts if you would like them

                   


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« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2013, 08:31:17 PM »

I'm glad I don't have to buy bees from aways off.  There was at least one beek in our club that last year sold 5 frame Nuc's for 90, pick up only.  And the queens I have been getting, the beek has at least 2 bee yards miles apart, one is Russian the other is Cordovan, I have been buying them for 20 and I pick them up.    The three established hives I purchased to start with, although in bad repair, I gave 400 for the three.  Good luck to you all.




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« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2013, 08:34:28 PM »

When you buy these nuc's is it BYOB? (bring your own box)
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« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2013, 08:46:52 PM »

I don't know for sure.  If I remember I will ask at our next meeting.




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« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2014, 11:42:03 AM »

I bought mine from Sam of anarchy apairy.  email: anarchyapiaries <at>hotmail.com   He has bees in FL and NY.  Treatment free.
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« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2014, 11:49:08 AM »

As for me, I used to buy packages from local beekeepers. The price is very democratic and the quality is very high.
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« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2014, 12:59:49 PM »

I buy them from a local guy (Tony Rimkus) that brings several loads (and has several pickup spots) from Gardner's. His website: http://www.olddrone.net/Pages/default.aspx
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