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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


2019 Posts
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

Keep the ideas coming