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The Day and Age

This is facebook and in this day and age this will probably offend someone but it is not meant to offend or discredit anyone.

I just want to say watch who you listen to when it comes to how good bees are from one supplier or another. I have heard some stories about the bees people get from some other suppliers that were just not good and I say to myself how can they sell bees like that. I am sure that they have heard the same things about the bees people get from me. The thing is you have to think about where you are hearing it. For instance I bought some single hives once and most of them were ok. They weren't great and some of them when I opened them wouldn't even make a good 4 frame nuc. I didn't go around telling people this because I know how to operate a bee business. There is no point in trying to discredit anyone. Once you buy bees and take them home they are your responsability so you do what you need to do in order to help them out to become what you want them to be.

I sold bees to someone and they came to me and said the bees I got from you are so aggressive I can't even go into them. So I went to their place to see what they were talking about. They had put them in a shed because they didn't want to put up an electric fence and they had heard that they should have some shade. You couldn't get in the building and they would be trying to sting you. I said why would you put them in a building, your bees need to be in full sunlight. So we moved them into the sunlight and they were totally different bees. This is the same when I have 100 nucs at a time in my yard in the spring. I can go through all of the nucs in the yard in my shorts with no shirt but when I get to the ones that are shaded by the birch tree in my yard I have to put on a full suit. This has been happening for years.

If someone tells you that they got bees from someone and they didn't even get into the second box before winter don't just think that the bees you get from there are no good because it is most likely a failure on the beekeepers end. When that happens it could be a lot of different reasons for it, such as a swarm that they didn't see or a failing queen that they didn't replace or no queen at all. That is just a few scenarios. Once you buy bees they are your baby. The queen could get killed in transport from the supplier to you. If this happens you should know within 4 to 5 days because there will be queen cells being pulled in the hive. If you manage them properly there won't be a problem. In this case you would call someone that sells queens and get another queen then rip down all of the queen cells in the hive and put the new queen in. You don't want to wait for the queen they are pulling because that will set your hive back by another 20 days.

Anyway the main reason for posting this is that most queen and nuc producers know what they are doing and they won't rip you off and they won't sell you mean bees. Of course you get what you pay for usually, so if you can find a nucleus colony for $150. don't expect to get the same quality as one for $240. Don't listen to a new beekeeper that thinks they were ripped off because they may have unitentionally done something themselves and didn't realize it and them didn't do anything to correct it because they didn't know they had a problem.

Also If you live in northern Ontario quit listening to the people that live in Florida where they need to keep their bees in the shade. Here in northern Ontario keep your bees in full sun as much of the day as possible and they will do well. Yes there will be a very few days that they have to try to cool the hive but all the other days will benefit your bees and they won't be cranky unless the nectar flow dries up in which case most hives are more cranky then when the nectar is flowing.

If you want to get pointers about your bees find someone that has at least 6 hives and that have been doing it for at least 3 years because these are the people that have already been taken to school by their bees and they have been through the difficult times and succeeded.

You also need to know you can't learn everything you need to know by asking questions and reading. You need to buy bees and get started because the easiest way to learn about bees is to be taught by the bees themselves.

~ Scott Ferrier

2019 Posts
Jan 9 - over an hour
Jan 6 - Honey bees
Jan 3 - Grandson over today
Jan 2 - 3 years ago
Jan 1 - The Winner is
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 - 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 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 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 - 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
Nov 14 - Increased Orders

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