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My name is Brandy Stargell, my husband Matthew and I are the owner’s of Stargell’s Apiaries In Varina, VA. We are a small but growing family operation. We are located near the Richmond Airport. I would like to extend an offer that we have only to Bee Clubs in our area. We are offering 3lb Packages for $90ea on order of 100 or more. Less than 100 the price would be $98 each. Also, we have Nucs priced at $140ea on order of 50 or more and less than 50 $165 each. We do ask that Payment in full be made before 1/1/18 so we can reserve the correct amount.
Matt and I are open to any questions or concerns that you may have, fell free to email us any time.
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.
Blue Ridge Bees
Mated Italian or Carniolan Queens
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:
- 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/
- 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/
- 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:
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
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.
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
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.
1692 Flatbush ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11210