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.
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 $280.00 or a package in your hive $240.00
Package bees, about 3 pounds, a few thousand bees. Package of bees with a young good pattern laying queen. They will be in a nuc box with one frame with some honey on it. Queen will not be in a cage. $210.00
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
All hives with screened inner cover $4.00 extra. You must request screened inner cover.
All hives with screened bottom board $12.00 extra. You must request screened bottom boards.
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
With full strength 7-8 frame nuc ready for a second box in new hive with 1 deep lg. brood box. Reg. $585.00
Complete starter kit with bees $610.00 With med. super $600.00 NOTE, ALL THESE ESTABLISHED COLONIES ARE IN NEW 10 FRAME HIVE BODY BOXES
(NOTE, THIS IS WHAT ALOT OF 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 With med. super $430.00 Add a starter beekeeper kit for $170.00 and you're in bee keeping for total $610.00 With med. super $600.00
Starter beekeeper kit. includes Economy Hooded bee Suit, Gloves, Smoker, Bee Brush, Hive Tool, 1/2 lb. Smoker fuel.
SOLD OUT OF Med. supers. for Sept. pick up.
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 With Med. supers $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 with med. supers $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 with med. supers $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 with med. supers $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 with med. supers $770.00
All supers come with 10 wood frames and plastic Rite- Cell 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.
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
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.
All bees, nucs, packages and colonies must be picked up. NOTE, YOU CAN'T PUT BEES IN YOUR TRUNK WITHOUT SEAT DOWN FOR COOLING. 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 without notice will be charged a new date pickup charge of $20.00 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
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When you pick up bees. If you have a mated queen you have fresh eggs, so if you can't find your queen and have fresh eggs then you have a queen. If you don't have a queen you will have capped queen cells.
NOTE. Bees are not easy to raise. We are not responsible for any bees you lose. We only guarantee our nucs and colonies to have no wax moth and SHB worms within 2 days after you pick them up. You must return them within 24 Hrs.
PESTS to mostly watch for, Ants, wax moth, small hive beetles and varroa mites. Set your bees up in some mid day shade and don't let your bees get hot on the way home or you could lose them. NOTE, YOU CAN'T PUT BEES IN YOUR TRUNK WITHOUT SEAT DOWN FOR COOLING. When putting bees in your hive make sure you don't roll and kill the queen.
Beetles alone don't destroy a colony unless a female gets in and lays eggs, then most hatch in 3 days and the hive will be full of larvae worms. If you keep your colony strong the bees will keep the beetles under control. What makes the bees weak where they can't keep beetles under control are mites or the hive in to much sun and they are to busy cooling or to much water around and the hive stays damp. Bees must keep their hive cool and dry. All colonies in the south has beetles and varroa mites. If the bees don't keep mites under control then you must treat for mites. Bees are not easy to raise and most new bee keepers make mistakes. If bees are to busy taking care of one problem and can't take care of all you may lose it. links that may help.
Some smells drive honey bees away and make them leave their hive.