Bees

March 21st, 2015
by Royal W. Draper

We still have a few packages of bees available for pickup here at our location on May 8th or 9th but we are sold out of shipped packages. We will have queens starting in late April or early May and will continue to stock them until the fall.

It is looking like the winter kill numbers are alarmingly high for the winter of 2014/2015 around our area. We haven’t even been able to get out and check on our hives yet because there is still enough snow on the ground to hinder us. I do know that all 3 of the hives I keep at home for my garden and fruit trees didn’t make it, but a lot of that might have something to do with the bear that visited them more than once over the summer. I did notice, at least in our area, that the late summer and fall was very dry, and without that moisture in the ground the flowers just weren’t producing very much nectar; therefore the egg laying declined in the hives and we started the very cold winter without as many young workers. Which are needed for a hive to withstand such a long and cold winter season. Those older field bees just didn’t have the stamina to make it through, especially when they didn’t get any breaks in the weather for a cleansing flight.

Hoping for a good 2015!

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Package Bees

February 12th, 2015
by Royal W. Draper

Well I have really been negligent on posting anything here…we have all been busy.

I figured that I should post that we are taking orders for package bees to be shipped or picked up here at our location. The demand for package bees is up this year and we expect to sell out sooner than we did last year so if you are interested in getting some bees this spring please place your order soon.

Our own honey production was up in 2014, but still not where we were 10 years ago per hive and I doubt it will ever reach those levels again. We have a pretty good inventory of honeys right now but we still haven’t been able to find a reliable source for Tupelo, Tulip Poplar or Sourwood honey. We lost our old producers to old age or sickness and no one has stepped in to fill their place as of yet. The same is true of comb honey, just a few years ago we would have enough to last nearly the entire winter but now we can’t seem to get any at all. There is a huge demand for all things honeybees making this a good time to maybe start a sideline business and we would be interested in purchasing anything you produce!!

I hope everyone is staying warm and healthy this winter!

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Package Bees

April 29th, 2014
by Royal W. Draper

Our first load of package bees for pickup has come and gone. The second load will be arriving next week and will be available for pick up on May 9th or 10th between 8:00 and 5:00 either day. This of course if for customers that have preordered packages. We do have a few extra packages available so if anyone is interested you should reserve them now.

Package bee shipments are still ongoing; the Italian  packages are still shipping on schedule. The All American and Buckfast bees are a couple of days behind due to sever weather conditions in the south.

We will have our first Carniolan queens available starting tomorrow April 29th and we hope to inventory them all summer long. In most cases we are able to ship the same day. We prefer using UPS when shipping queens, yes the shipping is more expensive, but we are able to track the shipment and get a guaranteed delivery date. We will ship via the Post Office on request but we will not guarantee live delivery of the queen when using the Post Office.

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It’s Cold Outside!

January 8th, 2014
by Royal W. Draper

We hit a low of 12 below yesterday and I sure hope the bees are able to stay warm!

 

I admit it – I’m Nerdy – LOL

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2014 Package Bee Orders

November 9th, 2013
by Royal W. Draper

We are taking orders for shipped and picked up package bees for the 2014 season. Shipping normally begins in late April and will continue until June or for anyone interested in picking up some package bees here at our location next spring; the tentative pick up dates are April 25th and 26th for the first load and May 8th, 9th or 10th for the second load. We will need anyone that is interested in picking bees up to place their order ahead of time so we can reserve bees for you. You do not have to pay for the bees until the day you pick them up.

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Busy, Busy

August 24th, 2013
by Royal W. Draper

It been busy around here and I have little time to be online it seems but there is a break in the action this morning so I thought I would post something.

The bees are working hard on various flowers like the Goldenrod, Bamboo, Aster, Knapweed and Joe Pie Weed. We really need some rain in our area if the bees are going to be able to collect nectar off these flowers. It has been too dry for too long and we even have leaves falling off the trees because of it.

This is the time of year that we try to get some repairs done around the business; to buildings and equipment so we don’t have to deal with them when the weather gets colder and we get busier with extracting later on. I replaced our aging honey pump with a new Roper pump that is supposed to be a fantastic pump. We haven’t used it yet but will early next week so we will see. Yesterday I installed floor drain in the basement of our 100+ year old barn. There was a spot where water tended to collect and the old concrete floor was crumbling, so I dug it all up, put the drain in and poured new concrete. It should be good for years to come now. I felt like an archaeologist as I dug the floor up because I could clearly see where the old stanchions where located for milking the cows that where once in the barn. I was hoping to find an artifact like a rare coin worth millions of dollars…but no such luck. :)

Hope everyone’s bees are doing well this season!

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5 Frame Nucs

June 28th, 2013
by Royal W. Draper

Ok…I know I haven’t been keeping up with the whole blog thing but I have just been too busy and find that posting info on Facebook is just easier.

We have some 5 frame nucs available for anyone that wants to get bees for the summer and fall honey crop. They are priced at $ 110.00 and all you have to do is bring your hive body minus 5 frames and we will install them when you come. It is best if you attach the bottom board to the hive body and screen the entrance if you want it to be screened before you come. If you don’t have any equipment yet, we can help you out with that by installing the bees into a new 1 story hive that you can just pick up. The total cost for the 1 story hive and the bees would be $ 223.85. Please give us a call if you are interested to schedule a time for pick up.

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Package Bee Pickup

March 12th, 2013
by Royal W. Draper

We have a little change in the pickup times for anyone that has bees ordered to be picked up on May 3rd and 4th. You will be able to pick up your bees between 12:00 and 5:00 on the 3rd or between 8:00 and 5:00 on the 4th.

For anyone picking bees up on our first load the times are still the same; April 19th or 20th between 8:00 and 5:00 either day.

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Grandmother Draper

December 19th, 2012
by Royal W. Draper

I posted this on our Facebook page but thought I should post it here also.

My grandmother Draper passed away today (12/14/12) . She was an integral part of the business when it started almost 40 years ago. One of my earliest memories of her and the business was how she always made coffee for my father and grandfather and I was in charge of transporting that coffee from the house to the business. I would go in the house every morning to the smell of fresh brewing coffee and bacon, my grandfather’s favorite food and she always greeted me with a big smile, a hug and a hearty good morning! She did much more than just make coffee…she was the rock that we all were anchored too! I have to honor her and say that she was truly the most loving, least selfish and most caring person that I have ever known. I have so many good memories of her, that it would take pages and pages to list them all.  Because those memories are stored with indelible ink upon my heart and mind, and I’m certain on the hearts and minds of many others, she has accomplished something that far too many people will never accomplish…she will be remembered.  I am sad…but I am also happy that she is finally able to be with my grandfather, my mother and of course those that she loved that have gone before her. Your pain is gone, you have been lifted up and I rejoice that you are free…I love you grandma!

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Package Bees

October 27th, 2012
by Royal W. Draper

We are now taking orders for package bees and queens for the 2013 season. Prices will remain the same as the 2012 prices. Shipping begins in April sometime. We haven’t set the pick up dates as of yet…I will post it once I know for certain. And just a reminder I post more information on our Facebook page than I do here simply because it’s easier for me. If you aren’t on Facebook…you should be. :)

On another note we just finished pulling honey off our hives yesterday. It was a lot of work but it was fun this year as there was 3 generations of Drapers working; my father, my son and myself…very cool! Next year we will celebrate our 40th anniversary here at Draper’s Super Bee Apiaries, Inc. and we are hoping to be here for many more years!

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