Spring Packages and Nuc availability for 2017 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 May-June.
Bees For Sale
02/13/2017 – We are splitting our hives and will have nucs for sale. $140 each, half down, check or credit card. They are Italian mixed and will be ready around the first of May. You can email me or text me.
3lb Italian Packages
Chuck Davis is taking orders for package bees to be picked up at his home in the south end of Louisville the first week of April. 3 lb packages with Italian queens are $115 each. He has 400 available. You can visit the website sweethomekentucky.com and pay with PayPal or credit/debit cards. Or you can drop by and pay with cash or check. They also sell beekeeping equipment and hives so we can help set up your entire bee yard. All orders must be paid before pick-up and when ordering. If you need any more info give Chuck a call at 502-741-1659.
Italian Small Cell Packages
Update coming soon!
Southern 4-Frame Nucs
Update coming soon!
Bees from Suppliers
Make a visit in person or order online!
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.