I heard on the CBC this morning that Calgary skipped Spring and jumped straight into Summer! I’m a little skeptical myself, as I’ve seen my fair share of snow on the May long weekend. On the positive side, we’ve had some decent weather on the Island this past two weeks and the bees are looking good! We’re excited to get these colonies to their new homes in Alberta.
We have our export inspections from BC Agriculture scheduled for Friday, May 11th. That means we should be loaded and starting the drive to Calgary early the follow week.
I’ll be sending another update with times and places once the truck is actually on the road, but the tentative pickup schedule will be:
May 18th – Calgary
May 19th – Red Deer (afternoon) and Edmonton (evening)
May 20th – Grande Praire (evening)
Lethbridge and Medicine Hat are still unconfirmed but will certainly happen that weekend as well.
I encourage everyone to ensure that they have all there gear cleaned up and in place. I highly
recommend this page from Randy Oliver’s Scientificbeekeeping.com
on first year beekeeping! It’s a big read, but well written and very informative. Randy is well regarded on the world honey bee scene, both by hobbyist and commercial beekeepers alike. From his page:
Installing the bees
Congratulations, you’ve just purchased either a quality nucleus colony (“nuc”) or a shook swarm (“package bees”) with a
newly-mated queen from selected stock!
Some nucs (and all packages) have the queen caged. If so, remove the candy cap when you get home to allow the bees to chew through the candy and release the queen. But do NOT remove the candy cap if the bees are tightly balled over the cage, indicating that they have not yet accepted the queen–wait another day until they are walking lightly over the cage.
Install the nuc in the center of a brood box with additional frames to fill the box. Keep the frames of the nuc in their original order. Be very careful not to crush the queen!….
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to get a hold of me by replying to this email or call / text me at 403.681.1725. I’m happy to help anyway I can.
We have now confirmed a limited quantity of 4 frame nucs for a June delivery, as well as Olivarez Queens in May!
The exact date of the June nucs will be confirmed in the coming weeks. At this time, it is unlikely that there will be any cancellations for the May delivery. You can navigate to the order page from the Category section on the right hand side of the AlbertaBees.com website or follow this link
Price will be $255 and includes a $20 REFUNDABLE deposit on the transport box that the nuc arrives in. There has been a slight ($15) increase in price to account for the unforeseen weather we’ve been experiencing. We believe that this still makes AlbertaBees.com one of the most affordable nuc suppliers in Alberta.
Depending on the summer flow and the amount of drawn comb that you may have on hand, June nucs have had good success building up for the winter. Please discuss with your mentor or experienced member of your local Beekeeping Club whether a June nuc is suitable for you.
We are bringing in a quantity of Olizarez Honey Bees mated queens for Calgary pickup May 15th. Orders will be open until May 1st.
If, for any reason, you have trouble ordering please contact me at Robert@AlbertaBees.com or 403.681.1725. (call or text)
All the best!
So here we are in April, a full two weeks into “spring”, but you would never know it! Many of us still have hives under snow or fields too deep to do inspections. Calgary, this week at least, should see most of the snow melt away and the hives become accessible.
While it’s much warmer on Vancouver Island, spring has also been delayed. The maples are in full bloom, but the rain has been preventing some much needed natural foraging. At this time we are expecting to be bringing the nucs into Alberta the first week of May and distributing them within a few days. We should still be significantly earlier then most nuc builders! As always, feel free to contact me at Robert@AlbertaBees.com with any questions.
There has also been increased interest in a second delivery date in June. Once we’ve assessed the strengths and conditions of the hives in the next few weeks, we’ll add this option to the store.
Your new bees have made Vancouver Island their Winter home and are now ready for Spring!
The sun is shining and cherries just started (early) along with hawthorne (also early). Looks to be an early and good spring! All queens are laying and the strongest have a full frame of capped brood already.