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    Default New bees.

    I am starting my first bee colony in a few weeks. Does it matter where I buy them from? Are bees from one framer any better or worse then anotherís? Iíve been searching Craigslist but canít tell if any sellers a are better or worse then the other. If I remember correctly some one was bringing bee packages to sportsmenís warehouse for pickup. Does anyone know who that was? Or do yíall have a recommendation of who to buy from? Iíd like to go ahead and get on a list before everyone is sold out.

    Iím looking for a 3# package but started considering a nuc.

    I live in Little Mountain but of course Iím will the drive to pick them up but the closer the better as the wife is a little uneasy about driving around with a box of bees.

    Thanks for the help.

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    Iím doing the same and trying to do some research


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    Y'all need to get in touch with Turbo. I think he messes with them. I may be wrong though.

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    They are all gonna die or swarm and leave. You'll probably get a couple supers on and think you're about to get some honey and then the beatles and moths will take over. Just go buy a jar.
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    Fowlmouth30 knows something about them.

    Pm him or maybe he'll chime in
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    Blythewood bee company is a reputable source of bees close to you. If I was just starting out I would buy a nuc. By buying the nuc you are getting an already established colony. Just make sure that you're getting 3 full frames of bees in the middle and the outside frames should have some honey and pollen.
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    Don't forget about treating for varroa mites when you get your bees. This is critical.

    I have the best luck with oxalic acid.

    Blythewood should be able to help you, if need be...

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    Thank you. Should I treat for mites even if I don’t see any?

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    I would not treat for anything until the colony has gotten established. Just my .02
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    Treating bees for mites is as controversial as vaccinating children. Some treat and some don't. My suggestion would be to watch a few Ytube videos on how to do an alcohol wash or sugar roll to keep up with the number of mites your colony has. A lot people shy away from the alcohol wash because they have a hang up about killing a couple hundred bees to do the test. I prefer the alcohol myself it just seems to be more accurate. Find and join your local bee club they are always a great resource.
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    Is the intended benefit of bees to pollinate or produce honey? How much honey does a 3lb colony produce? How often?

    I know absolutely nothing about bees.
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    Just saw where Blythewood Bee company is having 1 day intro to beekeeping I'd anyone is interested.
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    Taken care of.

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    i'm so confused
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    I remember someone saying on here “Bee people are odd folk” right next to “horse people”.
    If you give 10 people a bag of gold, someone will complain about how heavy it is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2thDoc View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmatheny21 View Post
    I remember someone saying on here “Bee people are odd folk” right next to “horse people”.
    I know bee people that have horses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmatheny21 View Post
    I remember someone saying on here “Bee people are odd folk” right next to “horse people”.
    They weren't lying.

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