We are finally done with bringing live bees to the area. It was a very exciting yet busy time. Exciting because we love to bring bees to all beekeepers, especially the ones starting for the first time. Busy because due to the bad weather conditions we had to reschedule delivery dates several times.
Bee Day was a huge success, with about 300 people stopping by BeeManiacs to pick up or talk bees, buy plants or take a hands-on class. Volunteers from the Backyard Beekeepers Association stepped in and helped control traffic and parking lot and took over teaching the hands-on demonstrations.
We are already making plans for the 2018 BeeManiacs Bee Day, but one of the most difficult issues to solve is where to park more cars. The current extended parking area was filled up and we could fit more cars in our back 5 acres, but that could undermine the health of the pollinator-friendly plants we have there. We will figure this out before the next Bee Day.
Below you can see some pictures from Bee Day, hands-on Field Days and other live bees pickup dates.
Old Sol Survivor Stock nucs are arriving on May 20 and will be available to pick up from 10 am to 4 pm.
The supplier of the Economy Nucs had to delay delivery date one more week, so Economy Nucs are going to be ready to pick up on May 27, from 8 am to 4 pm.
We are sending email updates to everyone that purchased nucs, as soon as we have any schedule change notice. If you are not receiving the emails, please check your spam folder.
Old Sol Nucs for May 20 are sold out. Since we changed the schedule of the Economy nucs to May 27, some customers may need to cancel their orders and some Economy nucs may become available. If you want to buy nucs for this season, you can see what’s available here:
For the 2017 season we almost doubled the number of products we have available in-store. We are working to bring some of these products to our online store later this year.
We now distribute Beeline woodenware. We have now two qualities available on beekeeping woodenware: Economy and Prime.
The new options include higher quality wooden frames (assembled and unassembled), Deep and Western-size 5-frame nucs, wooden top feeders, spacers, entrance wooden feeders, top bar hives, top-bar hive feeders, garden-style top cover, etc.
We doubled the options available on wooden frames, assembled or unassembled.
Look at the picture below showing the difference between the economy and prime frames. The prime wooden frame, right, has a wooden tab in the center of the side bar, so when we staple the bottom bar to the side bar, we have a stronger fit. All of our assembled wooden frames are glued and have 6 staples in the key points to make for a durable and strong frame.
If you are in driving distance from BeeManiacs, we recommend you to visit us any Friday or Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm to see all the new items brought into the store.
We are very glad to announce that BeeManiacs just became a distributor of Old Sol Nucs for the Inland Northwest.
Old Sol Apiaries has been breeding Survivor and Caucasian queens, which are adapted to colder weather and longer winters. On top of better queen genetics, the bees come in high-quality wooden nuc boxes that you can keep for making your own future nucs or queens. If you have no use for the wooden nuc box, you can bring it back empty to BeeManiacs for $20/box in-store credit (the box itself usually retails at ~$35, so it’s a good deal to keep it for future use).
Nucs will available for pick up on April 15, at BeeManiacs on our Bee Day.
Remember that if you don’t want to keep the wooden nuc box, you can return it for $20 in-store credit at BeeManiacs.
This year we will be working in collaboration with the Backyard Beekeepers Association, so hobby beekeepers can start making their own queens. The more survivor and caucasian stock we have in the area, the better the genetics of our locally raised queens will be.
For more information about Old Sol Apiaries and their queens and nucs, you can visit their website: http://oldsolbees.com/
We are going to host the first BeeManiacs Bee Day on April 15, 2017.
This will be a very interesting event for beekeepers, with many activities and vendors available that day. That’s the day packages and nucs will be available to be picked up for beekeepers that pre-ordered them at http://livebees.beemaniacs.com/
If you want to buy or sell equipment or tools, we will be hosting a Beekeeping Equipment Swap.
We do not ship bees. Pickup at BeeManiacs. Estimated pickup date is April 15, 2017.
For 2017 we are partnering with Olivarez Honey Bees, to bring their high-quality packages which are proven to be successful in colder areas. You have to select which race of queen you’d like to purchase (Carniolan or Italian).
The price of the packages includes sales tax and there’s no deposit for the package box. You get 3 lbs of honey bees (about 10,500 bees) and one marked queen in each package, ready to get a new beehive started. We have found that beginner beekeepers really need marked queens, so we always try to secure a supplier that will provide marked queens.
We set aside some packages for early bird discounted price, so if you order early, you could save $15 per package (while supplies last and for limited time). The early bird price is set at $120 per package and the full price is $135.
We have setup a small online store for processing live bee orders. At this time only packages can be ordered and we will add queens and nucs as they become available.
As business grows, we have the need to expand operations in our current location. The first phase of our plan has just started.
Phase 1, as we call it, consists of adding a new building of almost 4,000 sq ft for warehouse and office space.
With this larger space, we will be able to increase the amount of items we carry in order to provide even more options for our customers. It will also allow us to bring most of our in-store items to our online store, for the benefit of our nation-wide customers.
Thank you to all customers that have made this possible.