We will be heading down to pick up bee packages in our enclosed, climate controlled trailer that we affectionately call the 'bee wagon'. Being able to control the temperature as we leave the heat of the south and head into to the colder northern weather makes a significant difference in the quality and condition of our packages. The bees are packaged, loaded and arrive back in New York in less than 24 hours minimizing stress on the bees.
If you are new to beekeeping and have only foundation, this later April delivery date is probably better suited for you as it will be warmer and the bees will have more natural forage. The first delivery is set for late March. It can be on the cool side this time of year so this is a date that is better suited for experienced beekeepers who have drawn comb to install the bees on.
We have been fortunate to have never missed a delivery date but please keep in mind that beekeeping is an agricultural endeavor and highly dependent on conditions beyond our control. Our delivery dates are approximate until about 3 weeks prior but we do expect to continue our tradition of delivering bees on time.
These bees are for pickup only in Kingston, New York.