This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Sunday hours

We will be open from 8 am until 4 pm on Sunday April 21st for First delivery bee pickup. There is no schedule today. First come first served.

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Bees Have Arrived

The first delivery has arrived and we are ready to pass them out.
Open today until 7 pm.
Today Friday, is first come first served. The pickup schedule will be for Saturday.
With this sunny warm weather don't forget to fill the entrance with grass to hold the bees in the hive overnight. Failure to do this may lead to absconding.
The best time to put in the bees is 6 pm

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Video to New Pickup Location

The bee Pickup will be at 14185 Square Lake Trail, Stillwater, MN  55082
It is located about five miles north and east of the old pickup location.
This is a video of from the old location to the new. I say in the video I am heading south, I meant to say north. Or look at from about 5:30 on.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Bee Pickup Schedule For Sat. April 20th and Tues. April 23rd

  • Bee Pick up will be at a new location this year:
  • 14185 Square Lake Trail N  Stillwater, MN  55082


     Read this whole Post.  

    Pickup Schedule for Saturday April 20th and Tuesday April 23rd.

    April 20th - First Delivery We will be here Sat, Sunday and Monday for pickup

    The bees may be delivered sometime on Friday We will post if they are here.

    April 23rd - Second Delivery We will be here Tuesday and Wednesday for pickup

    The bees may be delivered on Monday. We will post if they are here

    Please stick to the pickup schedule below

 Please Stick To The Pick Up Schedule Below.

 If everyone came at once there would be several hours wait to get your bees. With the schedule, everyone is spread out through the day, no one is here more than five minutes.
If you live over 100 miles away come when you can. There is no hurry to get the bees in. Best time to put the bees in the hive is around 6 pm.

  Pickup time will go by the first initial of your last name:

N - R  7:30 - 8:30am
S        8:30 - 9:30am
T - Z   9:30 - 10:30am
A - B  10:30 - 11:30am
Crew Lunch 11:30am - 12:30pm
C - D  12:30 - 1:30pm
E - G  1:30 - 2:30pm
H - J   2:30 - 3:30pm
K - M  3:30 - 4:30pm
Open Time (if the schedule time is not possible)  4:30 - 7 pm

The Oakdale Bee Supply store is closed during bee pick up. 
We will sell at the bee pickup:
Cash or Check Only = No Credit or Debit Cards
Pollen Patties 2 packs ............. $9.00
Pollen Patties 10 patties ......... $35.00
Pollen Patties 40 lbs .............. $75.00
Feeder Pails ............................. $7.00
ProSweet................................  $47.00

Sales tax is included in the pricing.
We will not take credit or debit cards because we are working outside and will have no way to process the card.

Lets look at a brood pic

This is a nice frame of brood with a Saskatraz queen. Taken today. Hive is packed with bees. Did a reversal a week ago and has added a third deep because the bees are crowded. This is a great queen. Brood pattern is a large Oval. Queen hitting most of the holes. Everyone wants a frame like this in mid April. The bees in the background show the hive has plenty of bees.

Photo by M. Lai

Monday, April 15, 2019

Apiary Certificate for Wisconsin Beekeepers

This year the State of Wisconsin wants beekeepers that import bees into the state to provide them with that information.
This is the link to the webpage. There is a link to an importing bees to Wisconsin form in the page.

This is the Health Certificate for 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Bee Delivery Update 4/11/2019

This the latest on bee deliveries
First delivery, Saturday April 20th
Second Delivery, Tuesday April 23rd
We will be publishing a pickup schedule. It will go by the first initial of your last name. Everyone will have an hour block of time to pick up their bees. If you can't make that time there will be a late afternoon slot open for everyone.
 There is no hurry to put the bees in. Usually around 6 pm is the best time to put them in.
If you want to see all of our you tube videos on how to put the bees in here is a link to our YouTube page. Bee Video's
Or these videos:
Installing bees using plastic bee buss cages
The bee pickup will be at Tom and Jessy Minsers home north of Stillwater.
Their address is: 14185 Square Lake Trail N. Stillwater, MN 55082