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THIS POST IS FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE ALREADY BEEKEEPERS. I have been asked this question quite a few times this fall. What if I come out of winter and my bees are dead? Queen and nuc producers are selling out early. If they wait to order until they find out if their bees have made it or not, it will be late March or early April. If this year works out to be like last year we will be sold out of nucs by the end of February. So they will not be able to order from us because this year I have a pretty solid number that I will be sticking with. Not like last year when I sold out at the beginning of March and then I decided to release 50 more just for the people that found out they lost their bees. Last year I had flexibility and this year I can't say I will. So for those of you that have bees I would say to do what I have done for years and order bees. I have bought some bees every year for the past 5 years. This year is the first year I have no plans to buy bees because I going into winter well and I have a good number of hives for what I need to do. the reason I say to others to buy bees is because most of you have 2 hives. There is a chance that they will both come through fine, there is a chance you could loose 1 of the 2 and there is a chance you could loose both. Because you only have 2 it is a little iffy. A better number to have is 5, they have figured out with 5 it is easy to make up losses because if you loose 30% which is average that mean you loose 2 which is easy to make up. If you have 2 going into winter and you decide to order 1 then you are sure to have bees in the spring because no matter what happens you will definitely have the one you ordered. Some people decide they will take a chance and say well both won't die so I will be able to split the one that comes through. That is probably not the best option. Because if only one comes through and it is real week you won't be able to split and it is left to struggle all summer which makes you no honey and just aggravates you because the thing that you buy bees for is to be able to enjoy seeing them thrive and maybe get a taste of their sweet honey. Also if one of your hives comes through winter and the other doesn't you will be wanting to split the remaining one which in turn will make you less honey. the plan is to have your hives come through winter and the next spring let them build up until the beginning of June and put their honey supers on to produce honey and have them make back the money you have put out to purchase them the year before. If you keep taking care of bees and they are always struggling to get big enough to make honey, eventually you will get sick of wasting your time on a loosing proposition and give up. You don't want to get to that point. Bees are a great side line business which can make you some extra money on the side. They don't take a lot of your time and the honey is easy to sell so they make the money back that you put into them and then some within the first two years and if you can keep it going its all gravy from there on. So my suggestion to people that already have bees is buy a nuc or some nucs every year not only to keep the honey flowing but to also keep the bloodlines flowing. Think of this if you come out of winter with just one and you live in a remote area where there is no other honeybees around and you accidentally kill your queen or you miss some cells and your hive swarms. What do they have to breed with? All the same blood line which isn't a good idea. Queen and nuc producer like myself don't breed from the same queens every year and they bring in new blood by buying a couple queens or hives of bees from other producer to keep things changing up a little. So even if you buy from the same producer every year you will not be buying the sister of the queen from the past year. If you enjoy keeping bees and you go into winter with two and you buy a nuc just in case. The worst thing that is going to happen is you will end up with only one and if everything is cool over winter you have just increased by one and you will go into the next winter with more confidence.

This post is just intended to answer this question as I have had some people a little worried about how their bees went into winter.

~ Scott Ferrier


2022 Posts
Apr 27 - This spring is very challenging
Apr 24 - tripod
Apr 22 - ANNOUNCEMENT
Apr 13 - emotional times
Apr 10 - hopeful for last snowfall
Apr 6 - First bee boxes
Apr 5 - Spring is here
Mar 29 - bringing home
Mar 21 - last one
Mar 18 - end of day
Mar 18 - What I was up to today
Mar 4 - only going to check 2
Mar 3 - second bee yard
Feb 28 - share it again
Feb 16 - Some of the girls
Feb 7 - Was looking forward

2021 Posts
Oct 22 - watch out murder hornets
Oct 21 - queen and NUC operation
Oct 16 - Morning Honey
Oct 14 - Maxant water jacketed
Oct 10 - Happy Thanksgiving!
Oct 7 - Another photo of our grandson
Sept 23 - Nuc’s and Deluxe Beginning
Sept 21 - favourite pictures of my grandson
Sept 14- everyone screws up once
Sept 3 - DROPPED MY PHONE
Aug 23 - Just a little warm today
Aug 21 - Hot Hot Hot!
Aug 20 - MY FRAMES ARE NOT PULLED!
Aug 8 - Rain just held off
Aug 3 - Back home from our holiday
July 31 - Believe it or not
July31 - that time of year again
July 22 - thought I would take a peak
July 10 - When I see the girls
July 7 - Hot day in the bee yards today
May 25 - my great grandfathers apiary
May 20 - year is very different then most
May 18 - Another load of supplies.
May 15 - I was joking this morning
May 11 - The first picture you can see
May 10 - Another bush or mating
May 8 - You learn something new
May 1 - My wife scraping frame to
Apr 25 - This year has started out
Apr 24 - Ole Betsie and us are working
Apr 23 - OLE BETSIE got a workout
Apr 21 - Another beautiful job well done
Apr 20 - I found something good
Apr 14 - some times I suck at the
Mar 27 - No pollen on these willow
Mar 23 - Bees are funny things
Mar 17 - one of the reasons I ...
Mar 17 - Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Mar 12 - my 4 favourite ...
Mar 11 - Ole Betsie to move ...
Mar 8 - Next couple days ...
Feb 28 - Hard to tell this ...
Feb 26 - protein patties for ...
Feb 24 - nucleus colony orders
Feb 22 - Getting ready
Feb 11 - A little earlier ...
Feb 11 - Oh it is coming
Feb 7 - About 5 weeks
Jan 31 - Winter is boring
Jan 21 - look who came to
Jan 19 - WOW. The way my mind
Jan 18 - article written about this
Jan 17 - People ask me if
Jan 13 - BEGINNER BEEKEEPERS
Jan 7 - When your a beekeeper
Jan 6 - cycle of registration for bees
Jan 4 - I will most likely bee having
Jan 2 - This is when I make my
Jan 1 - DECEMBER DRAW!

2020 Posts
Dec 29 - Why do you put sugar
Dec 28 - make me one of these
Dec 25 - These little black capped
Dec 24 - Merry Christmas
Dec 14 - The UK imports 50,000 tons.
Nov 26 - their hives wrapped
Nov 20 - OBA 2020 Annual GM
Nov 19 - Running out of room
Nov 13 - So I belong to a ...
Nov 10 - every rural British family
Nov 9 - a pretty quiet beekeeper
Nov 6 - Bee-holder
Nov 3 - thing that will keep you ...
Nov 1 - The day after
Oct 26 - Seldom Posting
Oct 25 - Halloween
Oct 24 - Cute
Oct 12 - taking order for spring 2021
Oct 7 - DELUXE BEGINNER BEEKEEPING PACKAGE
Sept 28 - one of the feeders
Sept 25 - This is something you never
Sept 24 - This is how bees pay for
Sept 22 - PROTEIN PATTIES
Sept 21 - I know there are people still
Sept 20 - When you keep bees this time
Sept 17 - Here is a nice before pic
Sept 6 - Here is where you get
Sept 3 - So it’s that time of yea
Aug 30 - Girls had their saddlebags full
Aug 23 - They sure love the goldenrod
Aug 23 - These flowers are pretty popular
Aug 21 - So this is one of our results
Aug 21 - Have a friendly visitor
Aug 19 - Girls are working hard
Aug 12 - Just whipper snipped 3 yards
Aug 10 - red dot on it replace her
Aug 7 - First day with this new bee yard
July 29 - Pro Nuc product available
July 29 - Making the long trip
July 27 - Mites
July 21 - 100 queens
July 17 - couple of days
July 16 - Queens for sale
July 11 - Bees don't like
June 18 - picking it up we save
June 16 - good rule of thumb
June 14 - son comes to visit
May 24 - This is how we hang out
May 23 - Pulling queens and
May 23 - These two were hard
May 21 - Imported queens have giveny
May 19 - I have always made my
May 19 - Something I wasn’t able to
May 19 - video link only
May 18 - Keep track of your hives
May 18 - This is the last part
May 18 - video link only
May 18 - video link only
May 18 - First continuation video
May 17 - I marked this queen and
May 17 - video link only
May 17 - video link only
May 16 - This is one of the yards
May 15 - Spent the rainy morning
May 13 - video link only
May 13 - So I talked all the way
May 12 - I haven’t been posting
May 6 - started to make queens
May 4 - went through a hive and thought
May 4 - checking some hives and
May 3 - WARNING FOR BEEKEEPERS
May 3 - not sure why they made
Apr 30 - video link only
Apr 27 - Her makeup needed touching up
Apr 27 - has her saddle bags
Apr 27 - My office today 3
Apr 25 - different type of feeder
Apr 25 - was easy enough to find
Apr 24 - POLLEN!
Apr 24 - My office today 2
Apr 23 - My office today
Apr 22 - spend a lot of time worrying
Apr 20 - video link only
Apr 20 - video link only
Apr 18 - If you look in the center
Apr 14 - pick up a load of supplies
Apr 9 - Don’t like spring cleanup
Apr 7 - bottom box of a hive
Apr 7 - video link only
Apr 7 - came through winter well
Apr 5 - Daily yard update
Apr 5 - completed this ...
Apr 4 - marking a queen
Apr 4 - video link only
Apr 3 - one of the breeder queens
Apr 2 - the breeder queens
Apr 2 - Couple of pics
Apr 1 - stop leak video
Apr 1 - Assessing each hive for
Mar 31 - Video Link Only
Mar 27 - 6 nuc boxes that hold
Mar 27 - First feed to be made
Mar 25 - Working on this yard
Mar 24 - We are still open
Mar 21 - not the typical year
Mar 19 - to have great neighbours
Mar 19 - Was nice to get out
Mar 18 - will be in Powassan
Mar 18 - year to start beekeeping
Mar 17 - bee yard last Thursday
Mar 16 - checklist to help you
Mar 16 - local grocery store
Mar 14 - Sudbury March
Mar 13 - Ontario Beekeepers Assoc
Mar 13 - Ok I New about the
Mar 12 - celebrate our 27th
Mar 10 - Impatient Beekeeper
Mar 8 - Remember do as
Mar 6 - manage honey bee
Mar 6 - a funny day
Feb 28 - all class
Feb 25 - Not sure about
Feb 24 - Back in this yard
Feb 23 - Worked on this yard
Feb 22 - to prepare for spring
Feb 22 - pound and a half of sugar
Feb 20 - second yard visited
Feb 20 - all figured out
Feb 19 - some girls are up top
Feb 17 - More Jars
Jan 30 - our original logo
Jan 27 - HOARDING
Jan 24 - DOES SIZE MATTER!
Jan 22 - A couple before and after
Jan 22 - I like double hives over singles
Jan 22 - TWO ARE BETTER THEN ONE ...
Jan 12 - Beekeepers biggest winter fears!
Jan 10 - BEEKEEPING IN JANUARY
Jan 9 - over an hour
Jan 6 - Honey bees
Jan 3 - Grandson over today
Jan 2 - 3 years ago
Jan 1 - The Winner is

2019 Posts
Dec 31 - NEW YEAR
Dec 29 - Two Days Left!
Dec 23 - Merry Christmas!
Dec 12 - my uncle Robert Ireland
Dec 11 - It's getting cold outside! pt2
Dec 7 - It's getting cold outside!
Dec 1 - DRAW FOR DECEMBER
Dec 1 - family photo
Nov 28 - Was able to leave
Nov 26 - Here is before and after
Nov 25 - I don’t know why
Nov 24 - These girls weren’t to happy
Nov 23 - Finally completed this yard
Nov 22 - only 8 orders
Nov 12 - my uncle today
Nov 11 - TWO ARE BETTER THEN ONE
Nov 10 - Free Product Draws
Nov 7 - started wrapping
Oct 31 - Nucleus Colonies
Oct 22 - 2020 Beginner Beekeeping Classes
Oct 17 - order for Formic Pro
Oct 15 - orders for nucleus colonies
Oct 5 - move all my bees away
Oct 3 - This yard is getting there
Sept 24 - Another 2 barrels mixed
Sept 21 - They were out of sugar
Sept 19 - Late season suggestions
Sept 15 - 2 barrels mixed
Sept 14 - MITE TREATMENT
Sept 10 - NOD apiary products
Aug 15 - What I call custom work
Aug 10 - Bee Escapes
Aug 9 - Taking off honey
July 20 - Swarms ...
July 19 - Needing Queens
July 17 - Pesticide Free
July 9 - INSECTICIDES!
July 9 - Not Posting Much
June 28 - Walking Around
June 5 - I have proof
June 4 - Ireland's grafting box
June 4 - Working in the rain
May 29 - Actually 3 Queens
May 28 - Lots of calls and emails
May 24 - Just Workinng
May 19 - Setting up mating nucs
May 11 - Beeyard Mishaps
May 10 - Pollen Collection
May 7 - Large Shipment
Apr 17 - Unwrapping My Hives
Apr 3 - Small Load
Apr 1 - Cracking The Lid
Mar 27 - Can't Wait
Mar 23 - Splitting Today
Mar 11 - List of our Meetings
Mar 9 - Making Their Mark
Mar 9 - Sign of Spring
Mar 5 - Start Needing More
Feb 24 - Beginner Beekeeping
Feb 23 - About This Yard
Feb 22 - Couple Dead Hives
Feb 8 - Different Stages
Feb 6 - Comb Is Gold
Feb 1 - Shovelled The Snow
Jan 29 - HORDING
Jan 23 - BEES! This Is The Time ...
Jan 23 - List In A First Come ...
Jan 16 - These Two Yards
Jan 16 - Test Building Looks ...
Jan 8 - The Day and Age
Jan 7 - The Time of Year
Jan 3 - Nucleus Colonies
Jan 3 - Shared Posts
Jan 2 - Colours Used
Jan 2 - Multi Colour Queens
Jan 1 - Happy New Year

2018 Posts
Dec 17 - Gift Certificate
Dec 14 - Santa Bees
Dec 9 - About Bees
Dec 6 - One of the farmers
Dec 6 - Gift Certificates
Dec 2 - Already Beekeepers?
Dec 1 - The Chirtmas Draw
Dec 1 - Dec. 2018 Winner
Nov 28 - Wrapped
Nov 25 - Something Looks Wrong
Nov 17 - Change the Order Form
Nov 17 - Evaporator For Sale
Nov 17 - Letter to share
Nov 15 - Almaguin News Artical
Nov 15 - Creating quite a buzz
Nov 1 - Nothing Funnier Than People
Nov 1 - November Draw 2018
Oct 28 - Two Are Better Then ...
Oct 28 - Does Size Matter
Oct 25 - Building A Plan
Oct 5 - Honey Extraction
Sept 28 - Taking Orders 2019
Sept 22 - About My Fencing
Sept 22 - A Little Emotional
Sept 17 - Bigger Fence Charger
Sept 13 - Missing Fall Queens
Sept 10 - Ordering Nucleus Colonies
Sept 5 - Another Shipment
Aug 30 - Honey Super Off
Aug 24 - Two Laying Queens
Aug 20 - Maple Syrup Equipment for sale
Aug 17 - We have honey for sale!
Aug 16 - Shake A Honey Super
Aug 5 - Kearny Ragatta 2018
Aug 1 - Info On Bees
Aug 1 - 600 lbs
July 23 - End of the Line
July 21 - Driving By
July 13 - I Was A Sight!
Jun 26 - Helper
Jun 18 - More Queens
May 29 - Wipper Snipper
May 20 - Grafting larva
May 9 - Spring Made Easy
May 3 - Pulling Nucs
Apr 18 - 100 hives
Apr 19 - Their own profits - reposted
Apr 4 - Throught the feeder hole
Apr 4 - Opening a hive
Mar 29 - Distractions for pictures
Mar 22 - What if bees disappear?
Mar 20 - Save the Drone Bees
Jan 4 - Trip to Sudbury

2017 Posts
Dec 14 - 4 Frame ... Colonies
Dec 11 - Gift Ideas
Dec 9 - Cozy Winter Coat
Dec 1 - Christmas Month Giveaways!
Nov 15 - Winter Coats
Nov 11 - Powassan Bee Meeting
Oct 10 - Honeybee Nucleus Colonies
July - Video of Home Yard Supplies

2016 Posts
Feb 15 - BEGINNING BEEKEEPING
Nov 14 - Increased Orders

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