Latest information on package bees and nucs for the 2018 season

Thank you for stopping by, A&Z Apiaries would like to thank all of those who contributed to making 2018 another banner year for package bee and nucleus colony sales. W e are completely sold out for the 2018 season. Check back on December 1st 2018 when we start booking for 2019   

May 18th 2018  The 3rd load of packages is here and I will be ready at 10:00 Am for pick up. We will be here till 8:00 Pm and then Saturday morning from 9:00AM till Noon. If you cant make this time frame , you need to call ,me 860-428-1731. Dont email or use messenger as I will be ignoring them today. Todays bees are package bees only. If you have ordered a nuc you will bee notified by email when they are ready.

If you have ordered nucs see the note below for anticipated pick up dates.

Package bees;

Once again we will be providing 3 lb packages from Wilbanks Apiaries in Claxton Georgia. Wilbanks is considered one of the premier breeders and suppliers of package bees and queens in the world. By using a customized, dedicated truck and trailer we can assure you that these bees are rushed from Georgia to our facility in 18 hours versus the three to five days that our competitors bees spend on a truck while coming from California. These packages contain approximately 10,000 worker bees, a few drones and 1 mated Italian queen along with a temporary feeder for the transit to your beehive. This method of starting your hive is the earliest and least expensive way to start a new colony of bees. Hundreds of thousands of hives are successfully started this way each year.

 

 

3rd load expected  May 18th     Sold out and on schedule for Friday May 18th  see note at top of page.

NUCS sold out for 2018

The spring season has started 3-4 weeks later than normal and so the nucs are much later than hoped for. When your nucs arte ready for pickup, I will email with a range of dates that you can come get them.

 Now lets talk about 5 frame nucleus colonies, or “nucs” as they are commonly called. Each spring, from over 300 of our colonies, I select the three that have wintered in the best condition here in Southern New England. The queens from these special colonies are then used to provide larvae that will become new queens. We add these developing queens to three frames of worker larvae (or brood as we call it) and one full comb of honey and pollen as a food reserve. These components, along with one more empty comb are placed into a special hive where the young queen will hatch out, mate and then begin laying eggs that will become an expanding population of worker bees in their new home. This process usually takes from 3-4 weeks and only after I have verified the health and quality of the queen and her offspring will I release this nuc to its new owner. Because we put so much care into raising these bees, they will not be ready until late May at the earliest. We will not release them until they are ready to our satisfaction. If you are in a hurry to get bees, consider ordering a 3lb package of bees that will arrive earlier. Like the packages, we fill nuc orders in the sequence that they were placed.

All booked for 2018, we are no longer accepting additional orders for nucs

 

   Need equipment? Check out our equipment page for beehives at 2017 prices.

MapQuest link for directions to A&Z Apiaries in Hampton CT is here  http://mapq.st/1eu3uFt     My address is 143 South Brook Rd, Hampton CT. Be careful, sometimes older GPS software will put you in Scotland, 5 miles from here. 

 Directions?   We are located at 143 South Brook RD, Hampton CT 06247.

 

If you have any questions you can always call me at 860-428-1731.

 

Contact us;

adam@azapiaries.com or call ,  860-428-1731.

Adam Fuller, A&Z Apiaries, 143 South Brook Rd, Hampton CT. 06247