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Laying Workers

Posted by douglasfarm on June 19, 2012 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Due to the recent surge of calls and emails related to laying workers, I would like to first refer you to read Micheal Bush's page:

Just ordering another queen, may not be the solution.

Taking Registration for free skype bee classes

Posted by douglasfarm on February 20, 2012 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Virtual Bee Class

•Classes are held via Skype Group Video Chat.

•Registration is limited to 9 video callers.

•Each session may last 30 to 40 min.

•Classes are free unless otherwise noted

•Classes will be canceled if nobody registers.

To participate you must have a Skype user id and a connection:

1.By Computer: Skype 5.0 or higher, which can be downloaded and installed for free:

2.By Skype mobile on your Android or Blackberry device. Note, video may not work on all Skype mobile devices.

3.By Skype video VOIP phone or smart tv.

To register - email your name and Skype id to

2012 Schedule

Sunday, March 5th 8:30pm - Beginner topics & questions (30 min)

Sunday, March 18th 8:30pm - Intermediate Beekeepers (30 min)

Sunday, April 1st 8:30pm - Beginner topics & questions (30 min)

Sunday, April 8th 8:30pm - Intermediate Beekeepers (30 min)

2012 Virtual Bee Classes Posted - Learn beekeeping for free!

Posted by douglasfarm on February 7, 2012 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

 Virtual Class Page:

Also, all nucs are on reserve. I am taking names and emails for a wait list. Queens are still availible.

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.

Equipment: Deeps vs Mediums & 10's vs 8's

Posted by douglasfarm on March 21, 2011 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

In standards of beekeeping equipment there are 2 sized boxes, and 2 sizes of frames. All hives will need a certain amount of interior space, and as the hive matures it will need more. Further, to get through the winter enough frames with honey must be provided. Regions with shorter winters can leave less, longer winters require more honey, and thus more frames. If you do not give them enough space, they may feel more need to swarm in the summer or starve in the winter.

Most beekeepers who use smaller sized equipment do it primarily to keep the weight of each super to a lower amount. Some say they can't lift the larger weights. However if you are talking about frames that are not going to be moved from one apiary to the next, there isn't going to be any lifting. Most beekeepers who do not do commercial pollination do not move their hive. Further, it is more than possible to take frames from a hive one by one to a transport box on a cart.

8 frame vs 10 frame equipment. What ever you pick, it will be the way you go. They don't work together. Advantage 8's may be lighter than 10's, and 10's may require some frame manipulation to get all 10 drawn out, and bees like to build vertically. 10's seem to have a little more dead air space, and may allow better tempereature regulation.

The biggest point to consider is how much internal space they will need, both to live and for honey stores. Southern and Central NJ may require two 10 frame deeps, but Northern NJ may require 2 10 frame deeps plus a 10 fram medium. Northern NJ may have to wait 2 or 3 weeks longer before winter ends and flowers offer their hives food.

When purchasing equipment cost is a major factor. So here are some numbers comparing winter equipment configurations:

Rates including paint and assembly, but not shipping:

  • 8 Frm Med, $19.50 + 8 Med Frm, $15.60 = $35.10
  • 8 Frm Deep, $25.95 + 8 Deep Frm, $17.60 = $43.95
  • 10 Frm Med, $19.50 + 10 Med Frm, $19.50 = $39.00
  • 10 Frm Deep, $25.29 + 10 Deep Frm, $22 = $47.29

1 Deep Frame = 297.5 sq inch comb, 1 Med Frame = 178.5 sq inch comb

We recomend at least 5350 sq inches of comb per southern wintering hive, and at least 5900 sq inches per northern winter location.

Frames    Supers/Bodies     Total Frame Surface Area     Cost Supers & Frames

8                 4 Medium                5712 sq inch                           $140.40

8                 2 Deep 1 Med         6188 sq inch                           $123

10              3 Medium                 5355 sq inch                           $117

10              2 Deep                     5950 sq inch                           $94.58

Free Bees to honor MS awareness week

Posted by douglasfarm on March 8, 2011 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

In honor of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) week; March 7th-13th, 2011.

We are taking reservations for our live bees to be used in Bee Venom Therapy (BVT), Pickups start in April.

We will give one free small or $10 off medium orders, limit one per person per household. Shipping is not included in this offer. To get the discount you must pre-reserve your BVT order by March 13th.

Please review our Bee Venom Therapy page for more details.

Brushy Mt. Free Shipping

Posted by douglasfarm on February 21, 2011 at 7:47 PM Comments comments (0)

Brushy Mt. Bee Farm is located in NC and PA. The PA location is just 144 miles from us, and is the closest major equipment supply shop. Dadant of NY is about 25 more miles.

Brushy have a special FREE SHIPPING offer to new beekeepers. To qualify you must: attend a beekeeping class where the instructor mails Brushy the class roster, you must order over $100, and this must be your first order from Brushy Mt. Additionally truck orders and glass orders do not apply and the offer expires at the end of the year. No other promotional discount allowed with this one.

I will be sending in my rosters. If you register for any of the following classes, your name will be sent in: 100, 101, 103, 201.

The rosters to our classes will be mailed in on March 22nd, and updated April 8th and finally updated the day after each class.

Lastly, you can't get free shipping until Brushy has the roster with your name on it. So you need to tell Brushy to hold this order. They will then keep your items for you and not sell them to other customers. If you wait to order till after we send them the roster, they may be back ordered on some items. So you should place your order, and have it put on hold.


1. Register for a Douglas Farm class

2. Rosters will be emailed as scheduled

3. You will be emailed and notified by us that you now qualify for free shipping

4. You must then notify Brushy Mt. and tell them you're ready to have them ship using the free shipping.

Here is the PDF of the official notice.

Here is an excel of equipment we recomend and some financials. Not all items on the excel are offered by Brushy.

Be sure to check out our new page: Bee Nutritional Center (BNC)


"Oh no, my bees are dead."

Posted by douglasfarm on February 8, 2011 at 5:32 PM Comments comments (0)

It's that time of the year when beekeepers do a winter check on their hives.


Some see a sight they feared, still bees clinging to the comb. If you see no movment and hear no buzz, you're likely to think the worst, they are dead. This may not be the case. Some times it would seem, the bees are in a cryo-sleep.


If you fear they are dead, take an empty jar out to the hive. Carefully put 4 to 6 workers into the jar. Then bring the jar inside, and after 30 min at 60 to 80 deg. F look to see if there is any movement. If not, it may be time to order some bees for this spring.


Sunday 2/13 and Monday 2/14 should be very warm  & clear, and are good days to do a winter check. Try to do your visit near the dailly high (temperature) for the day.


Best of luck.

BIG presentation on honeybee breeds SOON!

Posted by douglasfarm on February 7, 2011 at 6:46 PM Comments comments (0)

Facebook Event Page

Northeast Beekeepers Association of NJ

February 18, 2011: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Glen Rock Municipal Annex, 678 South Maple Avenue, Glen Rock in Bergen County.


All Bee Enthusiasts & Bee Curious are invited.

It will be an event not to be missed.

Posted by douglasfarm on January 28, 2011 at 1:41 PM Comments comments (0)

I have finally been able to purchase the web domain of you may now visit the website using that address. It is now the primary web address.


Do not worry, all previous links and bookmarks should still work. You can still visit the site using the domains:


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 million, had been supplementing domestic production in 2010.

This is great for breeders and package makers as they will sell more and can charge more for their bees. It however, means higher prices and less supply for your local beekeepers.

Douglas farm has increased their bee prices 0% to 4% depending on the item for 2011.  Two items we actually lowered in price.:)


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