Order Bees 2014

2014 Rules for Ordering and Pickup

Check out our Package Bee Installation Video!

• Refunds on Bee orders will be charged a $15.00 cancellation fee on each Package or Nuc.

• Refunds on Bee orders will not be allowed after March 31, 2014.

• Package bees that are not picked up on weekend dates selected will be forfeited unless special arrangements have been made.

• We do not ship bees. Bees must be picked up at the beekind store in Sebastopol, CA.

• Orders must be made, and paid for, in advance of pick up dates, as we will sell out.

• Please know that weather can affect delivery dates.

• PACKAGE BEES: Your pick up weekend must be selected at time of purchase. Please select April 26-27, 2014 as the first weekend is now sold out. You can pick up your package(s) either on Saturday or Sunday. Pick up times are 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday only.

• NUCS (Nucleus Colonies): NUCS are normally available the first week in May. The pick up dates for NUCS will be arranged by Beekind, once the bees are fully ready. NUCS are picked up in the evenings between 6:30 and 7:30 PM at the Sebastopol location only so that all the bees that were flying will be in their box to take home.

• Cages returned within 30 days of pick up will have their deposit refunded to customer.

• Call the store or email us if you have additional questions.

Tel: 707-824-2905
921 Gravenstein Hwy. South
Sebastopol, CA 95472


Packages


LOCALIZED BEES
Beekind's Own
Localized are sold out for 2014,
Please call 707-824-2905 to be put on wait list

Three Pound Package with Local Queen. 
Locally adapted stock that have been untreated for several years living in California Coastal climate. The queen is open mated in Capay valley with commercial drones.


ITALIANS
Italians are sold out for 2014,
Please call 707-824-2905 to be put on wait list

Three Pound Package with Italian Queen. 
Italians are ideal for a temperate Mediterranean climate and are known for their large numbers and ability to capitalize on early nectar flows. The queen is open mated in Capay valley with commercial drones.


CARNIOLANS
Carniolans are sold out for 2014,
Please call 707-824-2905 to be put on wait list

Three Pound Package with Carniolan Queen. 
Carniolans are ideal in a cooler or higher altitude climate and are known for their over wintering ability with small clusters. The queen is open mated in Capay valley with commercial drones.


NUCS
Italians are sold out for 2014,
Please call 707-824-2905 to be put on wait list

NUCS Should be available for pick up Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday , the first or second week in May, BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

PLEASE NOTE: We will not release the NUCS to customer until they are ready. Depending n the environment and conditions the time frame could be changed. We will let you know as soon a s we do.

NUC INSTALLATION: Your NUC will come in a cardboard box on 5 frames. Install the nuc in the center of a brood box one frame at a time with additional frames (and follower boards) to fill the box.

Feed the NUC 1to 1 sugar syrup until all the frames in the box are fully drawn. Feeding sugar syrup to the small colony frees the bees from the need to forage for nectar, and they can use their efforts instead to collect pollen, rear brood, produce beeswax, and draw out comb. Generally, feed a quart a day.

For best queen survival, you should not disturb the nuc for a few days (other than feeding). Inspect the colony after a week. Use little smoke and minimal disturbance. If all is well, the bees should have started drawing out fresh comb onto the empty frames, there should be brood of all ages, including white larvae and eggs. Note that eggs are very difficult for the beginner to see, especially against new comb. The presence of any eggs, or young larvae in royal jelly, means that you have a queen, and all is well, you need not actually see the queen!

Check to see that the queen is laying a regular pattern of brood in concentric rings by age. If brood pattern is spotty or uneven, the queen may have a problem.

If there are queen cells being formed, the colony may have lost their queen, may be superseding the queen, or be preparing to swarm.

Once the bees have drawn out all the combs in the first brood box, you can add the second brood box. You may continue feeding the colony until all the combs are drawn out or discontinue feeding and let the bees finish on their own, but that will be slower. At this point, the brood chamber is complete (assuming a double deep brood chamber).