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Buckfest, A Journey to Canada Ch. 3

Posted by douglasfarm on June 1, 2011 at 6:15 PM

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.

Categories: Bee Breeding, Buckfest, A Journey to Canada

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7 Comments

Reply eric frye
11:03 AM on February 23, 2012 
any word if they got all the kinks out of shipping this year
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8:04 AM on January 3, 2012 
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Reply eric frye
8:34 PM on October 18, 2011 
seeing that we didn't get our queens this year are you going to hold our money till next year and see if we get queens then?
Reply eric frye
6:51 PM on September 20, 2011 
well I take it we are not getting our queens this year
Reply douglasfarm
3:40 PM on August 9, 2011 
8/8 to Ferguson Apiaries "Any idea when you may ship this month?"
8/9 Ferguson Apiaries to us, "No not at this time we are still working out the new system for the USDA and CFIA."
I can tell you we've been promised to be their first shipment batch in 2012, provided things work out like the governments don't close the borders.
Reply eric frye
3:34 PM on August 9, 2011 
still would like to know
Reply eric frye
11:50 AM on August 4, 2011 
DO you have an update on the Buckfest queens

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