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Buckfest, A Journey to Canada Ch. 3

Posted by douglasfarm on June 1, 2011 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (7)

Well we sure had a dry summer last year. Honey was low at the end of the drought, and it was less than succesful getting the Buckfast queens properly set up for the winter.

So, here we are trying again. Twice checked in with Canada, the second being today. Everything looks good. The queens are just about to start laying and our order may even ship in June.

Although there may be a Canadian mail strike, it will not effect our shipment to the US.

Live Bee Prices Increase All Over the Country

Posted by douglasfarm on January 24, 2011 at 5:01 PM Comments comments (0)

Many breeders have increased their prices at much as 19% for 2011 bees in comparison to 2010. A brief survey of prices indicate an average of 17% increase in prices. This is likely due to the increase in demand for domestic bees. This year APHIS is prohibiting the import of honeybees from Australia. Customers who had been purchasing those bees are now putting greater demand on domestic suppliers. They will also likely sell out much faster this year. Thousands of packages, maybe even a few mil...

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Queen Marking Time

Posted by douglasfarm on May 12, 2010 at 10:57 PM Comments comments (0)

A new batch of Cordovans means its time to mark some queens. Here's some pictures from today:

The Equipment-

Captured Queen

Queen to the top

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People and their ways

Posted by douglasfarm on March 31, 2010 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (2)

It's so intense right now!!! :mad:

 

For months customers ordering bees have demanded, complained, nagged, gripped, etc. that they want, nay, need their bees earlier.

 

So the day comes when I'm setting up my first pickups (going as early as I can to meed the demands of my customers), and what do you expect happens? More than 50% of the people say, "Can you hold them for a few weeks?" "I'm not ready." Or, "My equipment is on its way".

 

So if...

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