Need To Order Bees??????????

Discussion in 'Beekeeping' started by farmmaid, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. farmmaid

    farmmaid Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Another family and us are going to have bees together starting this year, so exciting. We have ordered 3 hives but need to get a good, clean source to buy the bees from. We live in New York, any suggestions? PLEASE..Joan :)
     
  2. HilltopDaisy

    HilltopDaisy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Hi Joan. I'm ordering from Dadant, they have an office in Waverly, NY. They have 3# packages of Italian bees for $61 plus tax, pick-up only, on May 7th.

    877-532-3268
    Dadant & Sons
    136 RT. 17C-East
    PO Box 267
    Waverly, NY 14892-3268

    http://www.dadant.com
     

  3. HilltopDaisy

    HilltopDaisy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Forgot to say this; you have to order your bees early, like NOW! They sell out fast. Last year I was all set except for the bees and I couldn't find any as I waited too long.
     
  4. justgojumpit

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    Joan, I ordered four nucs from Kutik's Honey in Norwich, NY. http://kutikshoney.com/nucs/bees_for_sale.htm
    alas, they seem to be sold out already. If you can't find any bees, let me know. I live in NY and may be able to prepare a few splits for you after my spring flow.

    justgojumpit
     
  5. SusanB

    SusanB Well-Known Member

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    I have a swarm in my barn that will need to be removed. I can wait until spring if needed.

    Susan
     
  6. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    I bought two packages of bees from Spell Bee last spring and am happy with how they have did this year. I had mine picked up by a club member that was buying a trailer load from them but they do ship thru the mail. Mine cost 54.00 each last spring.

    :D Al
     
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    Russ_NEPA Well-Known Member

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    What part of NY are you in? I get my bees from Draper's Super Bee in Millerton PA, Just south of NY State border in Central PA. Here is their web site:

    http://www.draperbee.com/

    I like to drive up and get them. Fun to visit and see all the cool beekeeping stuff in person.
     
  9. suburbanite

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    If you put out a hive during swarming season, will wild bees just move into it?
     
  10. Terri

    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Sometimes they do.

    I had 3-4 boxes out this spring, and I had one small swarm move in. With some feeding it is now a medium-sized hive.
     
  11. Mutti

    Mutti Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Last year Walter Kelly started selling pkgs. Jan 2 and they were almost sold out THAT day....we had it on our calendar to call that day and the phone was busy for hours. So plan ahead or find a local beekeeper early. DH says he's in the wrong business...should just concentrate on nucs. DEE