This is just an update on the spring bee order status for this year. I am not sure if you are intending on ordering bees this year or not. About half of the beekeepers who ordered bees last year have already placed their orders. Spring has been progressing well in California and from the looks of things we have hope that it will reach here as well. A number of beekeepers in the Valley, Anchorage and on the Peninsula are wintering through; and it looks like this was a good choice so far this winter. March seems to always be the hardest month to get them through. If you have checked your hives and have found them light and in need of supplemental feed, I have winter patties here in stock.
We are now approaching the one month mark in the countdown to the first bee shipment. For those who want to know what is happening in the bee yards down south, John’s team will begin to graft our queens in about a week. For us to get good mated queens the process takes about a month from the time the eggs from our breeder queens are laid until we have well mated and ready-to-lay queens.
John is quite proud of the quality of queens that he produces and has a selection process for his breeder queens that ensures productive hives. For the last several years he has been exporting queens into Canada expanding his selection process to include wintering traits applicable to continental climates found on the Canadian prairies. He sent about 10,000 queens last year into the commercial sector there. I have always had the opinion that the commercial guys know far more what they are looking for in queens than I have experience to select for, which is one of the main reasons that I have remained with the same supplier for many years. He simply knows what he is doing. The queen in your package is like the engine in a car-- get a good one…Perhaps you are wintering over one of his queens now. If so, let me know how it is going. If you have not sent in your bee order, it would be quite helpful that we receive it soon so
that John can plan to have our queens selected and ready for our packages. As you know, our website is set up to work with credit cards or you can follow your order with a check in the mail if you wish. As always, I stand by to help you with your order and throughout the season.