Q and A

Q.

What direction should I place my hive

A.

We like East but if you get a lot wind from that direction consider South or a direction that shields them the best from exposure.  Overly shaded areas are not suggested.  Also a fresh water supply should be nearby.

Q.

What do I do if I let the queen out of her cage and she flys away? (it’s approximately a $25 mistake) 🙂

A.

You call us and we have queens on hand that we can sell you.

Q.

What happens if my queen in her cage has expired? STOP DO NOT INSTALL PACKAGE!!!!!

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You call us ASAP. (970) 270-3502  We replace all expired queens for the first 24 hours.   You will need to bring the expired queen back to us and we will give you a new one at no charge.  After 24 hours we sell extra queens at market price.  $25 as of 2012.

Q.

How long has the package of bees been in this cage.

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We like to have the bees delivered to the customer as fast as possible.  We want the least amount of stress possible for the bees.  In some cases the packages are in your hands 48 hours or less.  That said I must admit we’ve had some packages that have sat for 72 hours prior to getting into folks hives. This seems pretty reasonable considering the logistics.

Q.

How do I install this package of honey bees?  Please view our package instructions page link.

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How long can a package wait to be installed?

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It could safely wait 72 hours after pick up.  HOWEVER you need to spray a couple of times a day with sugar water and keep in a cool outta the sun well ventilated area.

Q.

How many bees are in a 3# package of bees?

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I’ve been told lot’s of numbers, but I think it’s gotta be about 6,000 to 7,000.

Q.

Hi, when feeding bees in summer I have the syrup fermenting in 1 or 2 days, do you have any suggestion as to how I can prevent the fermentation?
I thank you in advance.

Chilliwack, BC. Canada

A.

It shouldn’t do that. Healthy bees will suck up sugar water in a matter of 24-48 hours. Start by just giving them a quart unless the size of the hive is small. If your using a outside feeder and it’s glass try using additional empty boxes to use the feeder inside the hive and outta the sunlight. I’m sure your aware of the recipe by weight 50/50. Always use granulated white cane sugar. You could even go 60% sugar to 40% water. Essential oils like Pro Health from Mann lake or Honeybee healthy will stimulate the bees to take it even faster. Without knowing the details you bees may be sick if there not taking sryup. High levels of Noseama spores unlikely unless your in a rainy climate, and treacheal mites will discourage bees from eating.

Good luck
Chad

Q.

Hi Chad,

     Do you carry bee smoker fuel?  Please let me know

A.

I’m sorry we do not sell smoker fuel, we do however use old burlap bags that were used for coffee beans.  It works well.

Q.

Hi Chad,
Found you through a few clicks and searches, but I have a question.
Do you sell beeswax?  I’m in need of about 1-2 oz is all.  I’m making my own sunscreen with Essential Oils!
I found a recipe that uses beeswax to help with waterproofability.
Let me know.

A.

We sell our bees wax.  We sell in 1 oz. bars and 1 Lbs. bricks cleaned and screened.  We sale it at the Great Harvest Bread Co. at 2464 US Hwy 6 & 50 #130 Grand Junction CO, 81505

Q.

How do I order honey bee packages?  How much are they?

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We sell package bees online threw this website.  You can typically hit the links on our home page that say “online store” or  “order here”.  Our prices will vary depending on location pickup and what your ordering.  When you visit the shop you can see what were selling and details associated with it.  We typically start selling package honey bees every January and stop selling bees when we sell out.  That typically happens in March.