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BLUE RIDGE BEES – Queens for sale

I’d like to introduce myself, I’m Scott Ehrenfried with Blue Ridge Bees. We currently have Bee Yards located west of Vera VA in Appomattox, VA and in Poquoson, VA.  Please consider contacting us should you ever need Mated Queens or Queen Cells. Should your club members wish to place a “Club Order” special pricing can be arranged.

 If you’re looking for gentle, easy to work bees, we have the Mated Queens that will produce them. Gentle bees mean less protective clothing and a more enjoyable bee keeping experience.

Our queens are bred from our overwintered master hives and are great producers. All queens are local (to Appomattox, VA) Free Range Mated Italian or Dark Carniolan Queens and come marked.  These Gentle strains of bees are raised on all natural, small cell, chemical free comb and have been inspected and certified by the Virginia Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Queens are available for purchase on an as available basis, call, text or email for current availability.

Dark Carniolan Queens are available though the supply is limited.

2017 Queen Pricing: $35.00 picked up from our bee yard, Call, text or email to schedule a pickup appointment.

2017 Shipped Queens: $35.00 plus Priority Mail shipping charge of $10.50 or Priority Express Mail shipping charge of $30.00. Each additional queen carries an add-on shipping charge of $5.00.

Next available batch of queens expected to ship July 24th to 26th 2017.

Queens are available for pickup on Sundays from 11am to 5 pm at our Appomattox, VA location, a pickup reservation is required.

Scott Ehrenfried

Blue Ridge Bees

www.facebook.com/brbeesva

Mated Italian or Carniolan Queens

757-773-3469

Or

brbeesva@gmail.com

Nucs for sale – Blackstone, VA

Hello:

I will have five-frame, medium nucs available for sale this year.   Please see the attached pdf description: nucleus-honey-bee-hives-for-sale-2017

Many bee colonies die between January and late March. Usually this is due to mites or lack of stores (starvation).

Hopefully, your bees were checked for mites in early fall and treated if necessary.  Here is a video illustrating using the sugar shake method of determining whether you need to treat for mites. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvWfGMvy_zs

There are many different ways to treat for mites.   Here are three natural ways:

  1.  Mite Away Quick Strips can be used anytime in spring or summer when the daily high temperatures exceed 50 degrees, but are less than 92 degrees.  It can even be used when honey supers are on the hive.  http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/MiteAway-Quick-Strip/productinfo/194/  http://scientificbeekeeping.com/an-early-summer-test-of-mite-away-quick-stripstm/
  2. Oxalic acid was approved, in the Spring of 2015, by the EPA for treatment of mites.  I prefer the dribble method.  It is easy to do and very inexpensive.  http://www.dadant.com/news/epa-okays-oxalic-acid-for-varroa-mite-control  http://scientificbeekeeping.com/oxalic-acid-questions-answers-and-more-questions-part-1-of-2-parts/ http://scientificbeekeeping.com/oxalic-acid-powerpoint-presentation/
  3. Apiguard, a thymol-based, product, can be used in late summer/early fall. http://www.dadant.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=101&products_id=815

All of these are considered natural miticides. Here’s a good article on miticides, including the natural miticides. http://scientificbeekeeping.com/miticides-2011/

If your hives are light on stores, there are several ways to feed them in the winter. Perhaps, the easiest is to use the Winter Patties sold by Dadant in quantities of 10 or 40 one lb. patties. This approach has the advantage of providing some protein in addition to carbohydrates.  The disadvantage of patties is that small hive beetles (SHB) will lay their eggs in them.  If you monitor the patties, you can control this problem of SHB. http://www.dadant.com/catalog/m0016040phw-ap23-winter-patties

I have not seen SHB larvae in dry sugar.  To feed dry sugar, I use 1 1/2 inch high shims (boxes) made from 1 X 2 furring strips (https://www.lowes.com/pd/Furring-Strip-Common-1-in-x-2-in-x-8-ft-Actual-0-75-in-x-1-5-in-x-8-ft/1000039599) to make room for the sugar, rather than a super. It will hold at least 5 lbs. of regular, granulated, dry sugar.  See the attached photo.

I also cover the bottom of the shim with 1/2 inch hardware cloth. This enables me to easily lift the sugar off anytime I need to inspect the hive. You can open the top of the hive to add dry sugar anytime the temperature is above 32 F as long as you do it quickly.  Here is a video demonstrating the technique.  Note that the presenter is replenishing the sugar after the bees have consumed most of the sugar placed on the hive earlier.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbAUt4_u6dg

In the past, I haved mixed regular dry granulated sugar with dry protein supplement (such as AP23 or MegaBee http://www.dadant.com/catalog/m0016005-ap23-pollen-substitute-5lb-bag).  However, SHB will lay eggs in this mix.  I believe it is better to use pure granulated sugar alone. A protein patty can be added by placing it near where the bees are consuming the sugar. It is easy to just lift the hive top and examine the patty for SHB larvae and remove the patty if it is infested.

Here are some links with more details about feeding bees in the winter:

http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?292035-Don-t-let-your-Bee-s-STARVE!

http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?291054-Winter-patties-vs-mountain-camp-sugar-feeding&highlight=mountain+camp+method

http://www.honeybeesuite.com/mountain-camp-feeding/

Thanks,

James Hicks

540-230-5213

johicksjr@gmail.com

feeding-shim

 

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Beekeeping Supplies

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Tom Sawyer Queen Rearing Classes

Tom Sawyer queen rearing class:
Learn all in one day @ $50
Simple rearing 1-100 queens
Limit 4 persons per day class
Field work on active hives
Bring your veil
No gloves allowed
May weekends

White Willow Chandlery

I hand-make organic beeswax candles in many shapes, sizes, colors, and scents. If you’d like to know more, please visit my online store:www.whitewillowchandlery.com.

Emily McGlone
Owner & Operator, White Willow Chandlery

Scottsville Supply Co

I wanted to make a quick introduction of my new store in Scottsville, the Scottsville Supply Co. LLC which we opened this past November We are a small bee supply store with a storefront and website (www.scottsvillesupplyco.com). We are primarily a Mann Lake dealer though we are expanding our product line each week as the spring nears. We typically announce newly arrived products on our Facebook page, and they are immediately added to our online store. By mid-March you will hopefully find everything you might need to start, grow, or maintain your apiary.

We also have plenty of packages left for pre-ordering. Our customer pickup date is on or about May 5th. The bees are sourced through Rossman Apiaries in Georgia. Ordering can be done in-store (Tues-Sat) or 24/7 on our website:http://www.scottsvillesupplyco.com/product/3lbs-italian-package-bees/

Prices are as follows:

Unmarked Queen Packages (quantity 1 – 4): $115/each

Marked Queen Packages (quantity 1 – 4): $120/each

7% Discounts on orders of 5 or more packages**

Unmarked Queen Packages (quantity 5+): $106.95/each

Marked Queen Packages (quantity 5+): $111.60/each

**Packages must all be either “Marked” or “Unmarked”, mixing is not available for the discount. Also, I ask that individuals please do NOT go in together on a single order to receive a discounted price. The discount is intended for individual beekeepers buying bulk quantities their own apiaries.

I would be grateful if you shared our information with your association. I am just a backyard beekeeper myself and a member of the Buckingham Bee Club. I live in Scottsville and thought our area needed a bee supply store to make products and educational resources more accessible. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have in regards to our store.

Sincerely,

Heather

Heather Stertzer, Co-Owner/Beekeeper
Scottsville Supply Company LLC
531 Valley Street
Scottsville, Virginia 24590
www.scottsvillesupplyco.com
https://www.facebook.com/ScottsvilleSupply/
434-286-2145

Local Honey Bees

1 Screen bottom board, 1 deep, 1 medium( 10 frame), inner cover, and top.  Includes honey bees $200 if you purchase beforeApril 15, 2016.

Eddie Giles. phone 434-836-0317

293 Georges Lane
Blairs, VA 23838

Abell Acres & Apiary

Local honey, goats milk soap, homemade laundry detergent and more!  Check out our products for sale on our website:  AbelL Acres & Apiary

Honey in 1 lb jars.  It is a mix of Sourwood and wildflower.  Very rich flavor.  $10Honey Honey bears2 oz honey bears $2.50

Goats Milk Soap $5.00

Contact: dylsara@verizon.net or purchase directly from our website:  https://squareup.com/market/abell-acres-and-apiary

Beekeeping Protective Products

We BBny are New York based distributors of Beekeeping Protective Clothing and accessories since 2000 with state of the art ISO Certified manufacturing facilities in South Asia.
We have complete range of beekeeping protective products according to climate needs of different States.  Most of our products are CE approved and guaranteed to have excellent quality and competitive prices.   We have a dedicated R&D  department which is contentiously working to develop new products keeping ahead of modern era as well as client requirements.  We are big enough to handle any size of order as well as flexible to handle small quantity orders.  We are committed to deliver quality products on time at competitive prices.
We are interested to expand our customer base and shall be very grateful to you if you inform your members about our services and products and helping us finding customers.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Best regards.
Ali Rizwan
BBny
1692 Flatbush ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Package Bees From Georgia for Spring 2016

We are local beekeepers who will be heading down to Georgia this coming spring 2016 to pick up packages of honey bees.  We wanted to ask if you will forward our information below to the members of your association. Please let us know if you have any questions. It would be great if you could copy us on the correspondence with your membership.

Thanks,

Don Cole & Tim MacVittie

Back Forty Bees

Please visit our web site at www.backfortybees.com

Looking to expand your apiary this year? New for 2016, Back Forty Bees will have packages available in Hampton Roads, Virginia and Northeast, North Carolina.  The bees we have for sale are of Italian heritage and will be brought up from Georgia.  This package of honey bees will include a queen and 3 lbs of bees.

There are two locations available for pickup of your package honey bees – Williamsburg, VA and Moyock, NC.  They will be available sometime between mid-April and May.  You must be available to pick up your bees the day they arrive.  The exact date will depend upon weather conditions and other factors. We have a limited number of packages that will be available so please place your order soon. Please visit www.backfortybees.com/package-honey-bees for instructions on how to place an order.Once you place an order you will receive an automated confirmation email.  If paying by check, please mail your payment to the address below, otherwise we will send you a Paypal pay request.

The price per package is $120. Please note your purchase is not finalized until payment has been received.

Please feel free to contact either of us with questions.

Don Cole

honey@backfortybees.com

757-745-9081

Tim MacVittie

bees@backfortybees.com

757-745-9061

Mail checks to:

304 Back Forty Loop

Williamsburg, VA 23188

Payable to: Don Cole