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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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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Second Delivery Date, Monday, April 21st



The bees will arrive here sometime on SUNDAY. They will be available for pickup on SUNDAY. I will publish on this blog when the bees are ready to pick up. SUNDAY pick up is first come first served.  Do not come here for pick up until I have published that we are ready. You will be turned away.

Pick up schedule for MONDAY

Please Clean ALL DEBRIS out of the returning cages. No Bees, No Feed Cans, No Queen Cages, No Spiderwebs, No leaves, No Cottonwood Seeds - Thank You
  MONDAY, Please follow the schedule. There are 600 beekeepers stopping by and if we get off schedule wait time will rise considerably.
Please drive in the driveway marked enter. Pull up as far as you can and stay with your vehicle. We will come to you.
MONDAY,  PICK UP SCHEDULE
We will go by the first initial of your last name.
  7:00 am any large orders over 50
W - Z    7:30 am - 8:30 am
T - V     8:30 am  - 9:30 am
R - S     9:30 am - 10:30 am
N - Q    10:30 am - 11:30 am

11:30 - Lunch for the crew

L - M    12:30 pm - 1:30pm
H - K    1:30 pm  -  2:30 pm
E - G     2:30 pm  -  3:30 pm
A - D     3:30 pm  -  4:30 pm 
Open time 4:30 pm - 7 pm
There is no rush to put the bees in. It is best to install packages after 6:00 pm. Putting them in late in the day helps prevent them from absconding.

Pollen Patties 2 pks - $9.00 / 10 lb Box $37.00 / 40 lb box $87.00
Feeder Pails $5.00 each / ProSweet Bee Syrup $46.00 5 gallons
Sales Tax is included in the above pricing. Please have exact change if possible.
No Credit or Debit Cards accepted because we will not have electricity.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Second Delivery Date May Be Changing

The delivery date may be changing to an earlier date. Stay tuned for updates.

First delivery follow up

The first delivery went very well. The pick up schedule was followed by the beekeepers picking up with the schedule. The wait time for bees was usually five minutes. The crew was able to process everyone through very quickly.
 It is a long day for all of us, it starts at 6 am and ends at 7 pm. Beekeepers come all day and the only rest we all get is our lunch break.
I can't say enough about my helpers without them this all would not be possible.

From the left: Bob, Warren, Mike, Jim, Brian, Eric, Bill, Cory, not pictured Joe, photo by Wendy

Monday, April 7, 2014

Updated Pick up schedule for first delivery, Saturday, April 12th 2014

Pollen Patties 2 pks - $9.00 / 10 lb Box $37.00 / 40 lb box $87.00
Feeder Pails $5.00 each / ProSweet Bee Syrup $46.00 5 gallons
Sales Tax is included in the above pricing. Please have exact change if possible.
The bees will arrive here sometime on Friday. They will be available for pickup on Friday first come first served . I will publish on this blog when we are ready pass out the bees. Don't show up here unless you know the bees are here.
Please Clean ALL DEBRIS out of the returning cages. No Bees, No Feed Cans, No Queen Cages, No Spiderwebs, No leaves, No Cottonwood Seeds - Thank You
SATURDAY Please follow the schedule. There are 600 beekeepers stopping by and if we get off schedule wait time will rise considerably.
Please drive in the driveway marked enter. Pull up as far as you can and stay with your vehicle. We will come to you.
SATURDAY PICK UP SCHEDULE
We will go by the first initial of your last name.
  7:00 am any large orders over 50
W - Z    7:30 am - 8:30 am
T - V     8:30 am  - 9:30 am
R - S     9:30 am - 10:30 am
N - Q    10:30 am - 11:30 am

11:30 - Lunch for the crew

L - M    12:30 pm - 1:30pm
H - K    1:30 pm  -  2:30 pm
E - G     2:30 pm  -  3:30 pm
A - D     3:30 pm  -  4:30 pm 
Open time 4:30 pm - 7 pm
There is no rush to put the bees in. It is best to install packages after 6:00 pm. Putting them in late in the day helps prevent them from absconding.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

On Bee Pick Up Day


 Bee Pick Up Days- April 12th and April 22nd
On bee pick up day we will not be selling any equipment. If you need equipment get it before the bees come.
We are working outside so there will be no electricity, we will not be taking credit or debit cards.
The only thing for sale will be: Pollen Patties in two packs, 10 lb box or 40 lb box, Feeder Pails, ProSweet Bee Syrup, and ProHealth

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Installing Package Bees

This is a video I made a couple years ago. I was taught this method by the University of MN short course 25 years ago. I added the marshmallow queen release for the packages. I want to say that a marshmallow should never be used for releasing a queen into a colony. The only reason it works in a package is because the bees have been with her for four days.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Shaking Packages

The season for package bees is starting in California.
Setting out queen mating nucs

Checking a new queen in a mating nuc. See the capped brood on the mini frames. Mating successful

Truck full of mating nucs. Olivarez Honey Bees put out 30,000 queen mating nucs out. Each queen that comes in a package is produced in one of these nucs.

Shaking bees off of frames into a shaker box. The shaker box is then poured into 2 or 3 lb package bee cages and a new queen is then added with the bees