Our bees are Carniolan Queens, Mite Tolerant, mated with Italian. With this bee you get the best of both worlds. We work every year to give you the best bee. Carniolan is favored among beekeepers for several reasons, not the least being its ability to defend itself successfully against insect pests while at the same time being extremely gentle in its behavior toward beekeepers. These bees are particularly adept at adjusting worker population to nectar availability. It relies on these rapid adjustments of population levels to rapidly expand worker bee populations after nectar becomes available in the spring, and, again, to rapidly cut off brood production when nectar ceases to be available in quantity. It meets periods of high nectar with high worker populations and consequently stores large quantities of honey and pollen during those periods. They are resistant to some diseases and parasites that can debilitate hives of other subspecies. Italian from the commercial and breeding point of view lies in a happy synthesis of a great number of good characteristics. Among these we must mention industry, gentleness, fertility, reluctance to swarm, zeal for building comb, white honey-cappings, a willingness to enter supers, cleanliness, resistance to disease, and the tendency to collect flower honey rather than honey dew. In one other characteristic has proved exceptional and that is in her resistance to Acarine. They are chemical free, no big problem with any diseases or pests like varroa mites, very very little CCD. They build up fast in the spring, are very good honey producers, gentle and are low swarm. Our bees varies in color from light to dark but most are medium in color. Our bees change each year because we chose to raise queens from our strongest hives. We work every year to give you the best bee. OUR BEES ARE TEXAS STATE INSPECTED. Number CI-14-017
WE DO NOT SHIP ANY BEES, pickup only.
Please note new beekeepers, you will need something to set your hive on, two or four concrete blocks will work good.
!!!!! NO QUEENS FOR SALE, ONLY WITH nucs, packages and colonies in hives. !!!!
All queens are young, mated and good laying pattern
We will also deliver and setup colonies. Ask for cost, give address
We will put a nuc. in your deep hive Reg. $280.00 or a package in your top bar hive Reg. $220.00
SALE, ALL BEES ON SPRING SALE. For pickup in April. Ask about discounts when you buy 5 or more colonies, nucs. or packages.
SALE, IN GOOD SHAPE 10 FRAME USED HIVES WITH COLONY no rot, needs painted. A division feeder and eight frames. A young good pattern laying queen, established three to four frame nuc in a used brood box hive. Includes one lg. brood body box, bottom board and cover. Reg. $325.00 SALE $315.00
Seven to eight frame full strength established nuc ready for a second box. Used hive No rot, needs painted, no feeder. Used with 1 deep lg. brood box and 1 lg. super used. Reg. $575.00 SALE $565.00
Bee nucs and colonies in new hives.
Three to four frame lg. deep established nucs. These nucs come in a nuc box with three frames of brood, eggs, pollen and honey and working on the fourth frame. One new young good pattern laying queen and about 3 pounds of bees, a few thousand bees. You don't have to introduce the queen, you have frames with a few thousand brood and some honey frame. You just take the four frames and bees, put them in a hive with more frames. You can have a strong 8-10 frame colony in about 1-3 months depending on the honey flow and have to add a honey super. Three to four frame nuc with division feeder. $240.00 SALE $230.00
All established colonies in new # 1 lg.10 frame deep hive, 4 older but good frames. Complete lg. 10 frame deep hive with about 3 pounds of bees, a few thousand bees and a young good pattern laying queen. Includes 3 frames of honey, brood, eggs, pollen and working on the fourth. Four empty frames and a division feeder. These can be a strong 8-10 frame colony in about 1-3 months depending on the honey flow and you will have to add a honey super. Includes one lg. brood body box, reducer, bottom board with landing board, inner and outer covers. Outer covers are metal covered on the top. With 3-4 frame nuc in new hive, with 1 deep lg. brood box Reg. $375.00 SALE $365.00
With full strength 7-8 frame nuc ready for a second box in new hive with 1 deep lg. brood box. Reg. $585.00 SALE $575.00
(NOTE, ALL THESE ESTABLISHED COLONIES ARE IN NEW 10 FRAME HIVE BODY BOXES)
(NOTE, THIS IS WHAT MOST PEOPLE START WITH. Three to four frame established nuc in new hive with 1 deep lg. brood box and 1 lg. deep honey super Reg. $440.00 SALE $430.00 ) Add a starter beekeeper kit for $170.00 and you're in bee keeping for total $600.00 Starter beekeeper kit. Economy Hooded bee Suit, Gloves, Smoker, Bee Brush, Hive Tool, 1/2 lb. Smoker fuel. Special price with purchase of bees, $170.00
Seven to eight frame full strength established nuc ready for a second box in new hive with 1 deep lg. brood box and 1 lg.deep honey super Reg. $650.00 SALE $640.00
Three to four frame established nuc in new hive with 1 deep lg. brood box and 2 lg. deep honey supers Reg. $505.00 SALE $495.00
Seven to eight frame full strength established nuc ready for a second box in new hive with 1 deep lg. brood box and 2 lg. deep honey supers Reg. $715.00 SALE $705.00
Three to four frame established nuc in new hive with 1 deep lg. brood box and 3 lg. deep honey supers Reg. $570.00 SALE $560.00
Seven to eight frame full strength established nuc ready for a second box in new hive with 1 deep lg. brood box and 3 lg. deep honey supers Reg. $780.00 SALE $770.00
All supers come with 10 wood frames and plastic foundations. All honey supers are new # 1. Supers are not on the hive brood box at pickup. All colony hive brood and super boxes are 10 frame.
Package bees, about 3 pounds, a few thousand bees. Package of bees with a young good pattern laying queen. Reg. $180.00 each. NOTE, PACKAGE BEES MUST BE PICKED UP ON DAY THEY ARE READY. A WEEK END DAY.
With the order of one of our colonies, nucs or package you can get our beekeepers starter kit on hives and equipment page for $170.00 Regular price $180.00
All 3-4 frame nucs, nucs in hive and packages. You must feed for about 4 weeks or all summer would be best. It will help them grow much better.
We don't clip queens. Marked queens are $5.00 extra. You must request marked queen.
All bees, nucs, packages and colonies must be picked up. We are about 60 miles north of Houston Texas. No personal or business checks on pickup. We do need a non-refundable deposit on all orders unless we are unable to fill the order. You can mail a personal check, cashiers check or money order for deposit.
PLEASE NOTE, Because we have to close up the bees and get them ready for pickup, anyone who don't pickup their order on date will be charged a new date pickup charge of $50.00 for each nuc, package or colony. Only one new pickup date will be given.
$20.00 deposit for each item or more if you want. All deposit checks payable to John Elder
NOTE. Bees are not easy to raise. We are not responsible for any bees you lose.
PESTS to mostly watch for, Ants, wax moth, small hive beetles and varroa mites.
Bee keeping information.