Buy Bees & Honey
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Spring Packages and Nuc availability for 2019 in Louisville and surrounding areas. The early shipments of bee packages, queens, and nucs from Southern State producers start in early April. Reserve by January or February as they often sell out. Local producers typically have packages and nucs available April-June. Local honey for sale, as well.
BEES FOR SALE
Local Nucs & Packages
Basberg Honey Farms - We are splitting our hives this year and are selling nucs. There will be a limited amount of high quality nucs for sale. They are mixed italian bees. They will be ready around the 1st of May. Pickup in Shelbyville. $140 each, half down, check or credit card. Lani Basberg, 502-321-2074, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chuck Davis - I am taking orders for package bees and nucs for pick up this spring in Louisville. 3 lb packages with Italian queens will be arriving the first week in April and they are $125. I will have some western Ky raised nucs available around the first week in May for $175 each. Feel free to call me at 502-741-1659, if you have any questions.
HoneyBear Farms - Kentucky bred nucs for $185 each. Package bees with mated queen, $125 each. https://honeybearfarmsky.com/
Bees from Suppliers
Make a visit in person or order online!
HoneyBear Farms (14005 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY 40299)
Kelley Beekeeping (Clarkson, KY and online)
Dadant & Sons (Frankfort, KY and online)
Brushy Mountain Bee Farm (online)
METHODS TO ACQUIRE HONEY BEES
Most popular method to acquire bees, in early spring bees are shipped north from the south. Large hives have bees divided into 3 pound packages. A newly mated queen (not related to the bees) is added.
A miniature hive with its own laying queen, 4-5 frames of pollen, honey and brood in all stages. Typically the best, however, the more expensive method to acquire bees. Growth is quick in spring compared to package bees. Overwintering success is increased.
Often occur in our area April-June, peaking in mid-late May.
Swarm Bait Box
Empty hive bodies with drawn-out comb is attached to a building or tree to attract swarms. The scent of a queen and/or lemongrass oil is often added to attract scout bees.
Bees are passively trapped without disturbing the structure. An empty box with drawn-out combs is placed at the entrance of the hive with a tube and a one-way exit cone. The trapping takes place over several weeks or months. Catching the queen is often difficult, however bees can be harvested for new starts with queen cells.
An established hive in a structure is removed. The bees are removed with a bee vacuum and brood and pollen comb is secured to empty frames. All the comb is removed. Honey is collected and fed back to hive after transporting bees to final location.