Latest information on package bees and nucs for the 2022 season.

Thank you to all of our nuc and package bee customers!

We begin taking orders for spring 2023 on November 1st, 2022, here’s hoping for a bountiful harvest, Adam

 

Questions The best number is my cell 860-428-1731. 

Need beehives and related supplies?

Check out the equipment page here for great prices on assembled and painted hives and hive components. Available in 8 and 10 frame sizes. We will be open on Saturday mornings from 9:00AM till noon through April 9th, 2022. Other times by appointment call 860-428-1731



Package bees        

These 3lb packages come from Wilbanks Apiaries in Claxton Georgia. They have Wilbanks famous Italian Queens and are rushed up to A&Z Apiaries in Hampton CT on a dedicated, climate-controlled truck, usually arriving within 18 hrs of departure from Georgia. This ensures less stress on the bees because they don’t spend up to a week in transit as is often the case with mail order bees or those trucked in from California. 

These packages contain approximately 10,000 bees, one mated Italian Queen and a feeder that keeps them fed during transport. This is the traditional manner to start new colonies and we have a good supply of them available.


 Now lets talk about 5 frame nucleus colonies, or “nucs” as they are commonly called. I am often asked to put define my Queens as a certain strain of bees. I guess that if pressed, I would call them “Mutts” as the queens have been raised by me and open mated here in Eastern Ct for nearly 20 years, receiving genetic stock from whatever drones are predominant in their area. Each spring, from over 350 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.

When your nucs are ready for pickup, we will email you with dates to come get them. Because these nucs usually have robust populations, we do not allow them to be transferred into regular nuc boxes and anyone who shows up with them will be turned away.  Instead, we require you to bring one story of your hive and we transfer them into your hive for transport home. When I notify you of the impending pick up, I also include a detailed list of what to bring and if you need some or all of the components, we offer them for sale. We try to make this as easy as possible but the potential for stress or death to the bees forces us to be very strict about how you handle them.


 

   Need equipment? Check out our equipment page for beehive prices and availability.

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 Google Maps 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