Our bees are Carniolan Queens mated with Italian hybrid VSH. 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 treatment 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 ARE TEXAS STATE INSPECTED.
WE DO NOT SHIP ANY BEES, pickup only.
We will deliver and setup bees and hives in Texas and close by states, cost according to where you live. If you want bees delivered and set up let us know, we will figure price.
We are getting a lot of people new to bee keeping. To assure you get what you need, please ask any questions.
Please note new beekeepers, you will need something to set your hive on, two or four concrete blocks will work good.
New beekeepers, we are starting a new service for new beekeepers. If you have a lg. deep hive or top bar, you can bring it to us and leave it and we will put bees in it for you, four frame nuc in your hive with division feeder $190.00. You supply feeder for top bar hive. Full strength eight frame nuc in a 8 or 10 frame hive box no feeder. $360.00. (NOTE, THIS IS WHAT MOST PEOPLE START WITH> If you don't have a hive, we will sell you a new #2 hive 10 frame with tops and bottom, with the bees and division feeder, four frame nuc with 1 brood box, 1 honey super with frames with foundations. $370.00.) New #2, 10 frame hive with eight frame full strength nuc. ready for a second box with 1 brood box, 1 honey super, $530.00
!!!!! NO QUEENS FOR SALE, only with packages, nucs and colonies in hives. !!!!
All queens are young, mated and good laying pattern
Bee nucs packages and colonies in hives.
Four frame lg. deep nucs. These nucs come in a nuc box with four frames of brood, eggs, pollen and honey. One new young good pattern laying queen and about 3 pounds of bees, 30-36 thousand bees. You don't have to introduce the queen, you have frames with a few thousand brood and some honey. 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. Four frame nuc with division feeder. $220.00
All colonies in new # 2 lg.10 frame deep hive, 4 older but good frames. Complete lg. 10 frame deep hive with about 3 pounds of bees, 30-36 thousand bees and a young good pattern laying queen. Includes 4 frames of honey, brood, eggs, pollen and 4 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 4 frame nuc in new hive, with 1 deep lg. brood box $310.00. With full strength eight frame nuc ready for a second box in new hive with 1 deep lg. brood box. $470.00
(NOTE ALL THESE COLONIES ARE IN 10 FRAME HIVE BODY BOXES)
(NOTE> THIS IS WHAT MOST PEOPLE START WITH. Four frame nuc in new hive with 1 deep lg. brood box and 1 lg. deep honey super $370.00 ) Eight frame full strength nuc ready for a second box in new hive with 1 deep lg. brood box and 1 lg.deep honey super $530.00
Four frame nuc in new hive with 1 deep lg. brood box and 2 lg.deep honey supers $430.00 Eight frame full strength nuc ready for a second box in new hive with 1 deep lg. brood box and 2 lg. deep honey supers $590.00
Four frame nuc in new hive with 1 deep lg. brood box and 3 lg. deep honey supers $490.00 Eight frame full strength nuc ready for a second box in new hive with 1 deep lg. brood box and 3 lg. deep honey supers $650.00
All supers come with 10 wood frames and plastic foundations. All honey supers are new # 2.
Supers are not on the hive brood box at pick up. All colony hive brood and super boxes are 10 frame.
SALE OF OUR USED BUT IN GOOD SHAPE HIVES WITH COLONY. (NOTE ALL THESE COLONIES ARE IN 10 FRAME HIVE BODY BOXES) This is ready for a second box, full strength eight frame colony, about 35-40 thousand bees and a young good pattern laying queen. Hive with 1 deep lg. 10 frame brood box. $375.00 Four frame nuc in a used hive $290.00 Used supers lg. deep with used frame and foundations $50.00
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
SOLD OUT OF PACKAGES. Package bees, 3 pounds about 30-36 thousand bees, package of bees with a young good pattern laying queen. Our packages come in a nuc box and one deep frame with some honey for them to eat until you get them home in your hive. The queens are not in a cage, this keeps them from getting stressed and gives all the bees something to do. There also may be some eggs and brood on the frame. You can put these in a top bar hive and just don't use the frame. Please note, package bees may fly off if they don't like the smell of their new hive, you should lock package bees in your hive for about two days so they don't fly off and you must feed package bees. $150.00
Four frame nucs, four frame nucs in hives and package. You must feed for about 4 weeks or all summer would be best. It will help them grow much better.
We are not responsible for any loss of bees. Bees are not easy to raise, please ask any questions.
We don't clip queens, if clipped wing queen bees get out of the hive during inspection they may not get back in, also they can be hurt during clipping.
All bees, nucs, packages and colonies must be picked up. We are about 60 miles north of Houston Texas. No personal 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.
$10.00 to $20.00 deposit for each item or more if you want. All deposit checks payable to John Elder