Alaska Honey Bee Package Bees

Alaska Honey Bee Package Bees

Package bees & Queens for beekeeping in Alaska.

Orders accepted up to, and at times beyond, delivery dates. Please feel free to place an order or change an order at any time.

Strains Available

1.Alaska Honey Bee (AHB) Not available for 2014 season.

2.Webster’s Queen Daughters (WQD)

3.New World Carniolan (NWC)

Read more on strains, click hear.

2015 Pricing not yet determined

Pricing for 4 lb. package bee with one queen.

each 1 to 9 Package Bee

each 10 to 49 Package Bee

Over 49 call for Pricing.

Extra queens

Placing an order

I prefer folks to place an order by email for documentation, unless you have no email service, you can call me to order.  Provide the amount of package bees you want, type of queens desired, and if extra queens are needed.  Remember one queen is included in a package already. Please provide your best phone contact numbers and your name and address. Please make payment as soon as possible after ordering, you must prepay for your order. I can invoice anyone that request a receipt. Upon receiving your order you get placed on a spread sheet for the separate areas of delivery.

Package bee distribution dates for 2015 not yet determined

I usually aim to bring bees in between the first week, and no later than the third week in April

Delivery dates subject to change dependent on weather and transportation scheduling.

Areas to be distributed are;

Northern area mostly above the Mat-Su area including Glennallen, and Delta areas, Northern area scheduled for April 12th delivery which is subject to a 24 hour delay for travel time.

Kenai area scheduled for April delivery.

All other areas;

Areas are;

Anchorage, Eagle River/Chugiak, Mat-Su Valley.

Delivery dates subject to change depending on weather conditions in Alaska and queen mating conditions in California.

Making Payment

Please make payment out to me or “Alaska Honey Bee”.

Send Payment to;

Keith Malone

Alaska Honey Bee

P.O. Box 671092

Chugiak, AK 99567

 

I can receive payment using credit card or Paypal.

Credit Card and paypal payments will have a $6.00 service charge added.

When placing an order please inform me if you want to make payment using these two methods by credit card or paypal so I can add the service charge to your total.

Contact information for Alaska Honey Bee is;

907-688-0588

907-242-0588

EMAIL; klm@gci.net

 

Keith Malone

Alaska Honey Bee

P.O. Box 671092

Chugiak, AK 99567

 

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10 Responses to Alaska Honey Bee Package Bees

  1. Jerusha Richardson says:

    This may seem crazy…not sure what the survival would be….but I live in Pennsylvania … Yep way down here in the lower 48… I lost my hive this winter. It had been a gift from my father it was a package he bought from a southern state. Do you ship as far as I am? I’m curious if I were to get a hardier group from an area that is obviously more taxing than our winters if my survival rate will improve.

    So, do you ship to the lower 48?

    Thank you

  2. keith says:

    Hi Jerusha,

    Your best bee for your location are bees that are either bred in your general location, or feral wild survival bees. I am not currently set up to ship bees to the lower 48 states, tried to a couple of years ago, but that did not pan out. I may try again to arrange this again in the future.

    I know of beekeepers in Pennsylvania that collect wild feral bees from isolated locations and are working bees acclimated and thriving in their beekeeping locations. His name is Joe Waggle, here is his contact information on his Web Site.
    http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeod3nx/id1.html

    Thanks for asking,
    Bless God,
    Keith Malone

  3. Jacky Bailey says:

    Ordered bees from this guy last year. Worst bees I ever had! Every bee died. Didn’t get one drop of honey!

    • keith says:

      Jacky Got bees from me last year, when they were picked up they were alive. Apparently half died soon after getting them home, I think. Not sure Because I never got a call to tell me there was a problem. Any way, I find out in this post that there was a problem last year.

      Sometimes this happens and when it does I try to make it right if I get informed immediately, even if I find out later. First I tell my supplier and he replaces problem packages on the next shipment if there is one. If there is not a next shipment I take the hit and replace from packages ear marked for me or future sale. If I refund the cost it is a right off on my business. This person is in Fairbanks and I have had to replace problem packages in the past, this is not a problem I cannot fix with a replacement or a refund. I have replaced packages to Fairbanks in the past using UPS ground next day delivery. Within 24 hours of me shipping UPS it can be at your door. This only cost me around $12.00 or so, and again it is an expense my business writes off. I sent the person who posted above a refund to make this right today, nearly a year later, but I would have been happy to make it right a lot sooner. So, please call me if you think you might have a problem. Jacky thought there was no recourse to remedy the problem, Hopefully Jacky will have a better beekeeping year this year and get more than a drop of honey.

      This brings me to a good lesson to learn. This person did not get a drop of honey for two reasons.

      Lets say I refunded the money last spring. Unless another package was obtained at a later date locally, not a drop of honey would be made.

      lets say I did replace the package and the one perfectly heathy package manages to build up it might wind up what is a dud and very little honey is had, virtually no honey. This can happen, because it really is a crap shoot when it comes to not getting a dud. Good queens still out number the duds.

      Old rule of thumb is to keep no less than two colonies in any one location. Some folks nowadays only keep one colony and this is a gamblers game of chance.

      Lets say Two packages were ordered and delivered, and one was a problem package. Right off the bat your chances are better for getting a honey crop verses loosing a honey crop because you lost the only package ordered, and you decide that a replacement is not going to be had. Sometimes it actually is the beekeepers fault the package died before or after hiving dies. Hard to get a refund or a ready replacement if the beekeeper was at fault. If only one package bee was ordered and this scenario happens, not a drop of honey is made.

      It is wise to adhere to the old rule of thumb of keeping no less than two colonies in any one location. There are many other managements reasons to keep these two colonies instead of only one.

      I have a queen replacement policy that other do not offer. Here it is, I will replace dead, failing and missing queens at anytime during the active bee season free of charge. Why, when other suppliers only give you a week to get replacements. I want you to enjoy, and get a good return on your initial investment in your bees. I really do not care if you accidentally kill your queen, I will replace her for free. Call me and I will priority mail you a queen usually the next day or the following day. You will receive her usually in three days if Sunday does not get in the path.

      Beekeeping should be a joy, not something to fret about.

  4. Joe Holland says:

    Keith,
    As promised I took a quick listen last night and still have six out of my eight hives I went into winter with making noise. I do not know what condition they are in but they are still “alive”. I will not know for a bit until it warms up and I get them outside how their overall health is. I am hoping for a warm early spring to help kick them off good. Looking forward to another year of bee keeping.
    Joe

    • keith says:

      You say you got bees to survive Fairbanks area? Great, keep us updated on their strength later when you can do your spring inspection please.

      Joe stated above;
      “I do not know what condition they are in but they are still “alive”.”
      My reply;
      Yes, later conditions can change as to whether they survived to make a honey crop or split. This is my definition of a successful wintering for a colony. Other wise they are a colony that needs help and one that might not produce something.
      Joe, let us know later in your inspection how many viable colonies there are please.

      there might be some unviable colonies this this spring in my apiary or in others apiaries who have wintered this past winter. These colonies need help to make it.

      Sometimes they need a fresh boost of young bees that can be supplied with by a partial package, where one can take a package and dump a portion of a package bee at the entrance where they proceed to march in and marry with the wintered colony. I do this with my unviable wintered colonies.

      Sometimes one or so might need requeened because there is a drone layer or an unmated swarm queen from last years season. A package of bees can cure about four or five unviable colonies or less. If you do not need to requeen any you can take the extra queen and start a nuc to keep a queen handy for future use in your apiaries. Nucs and nuc management is, I believe, an essential practice in any apiary.

      Great news for a place where many folks think bees will not survive winter. If there are any others up there getting colonies through winter let hear about it.
      So Joe, for the sake of education and the spirit of sharing, can you tell us a little about how you managed this. Please tell others how you did this up there.

      This really is not the first time I have heard of beekeepers surviving Fairbanks. Good job Joe, I will pat you on the back when I see you later in Fairbanks.

      You can read about my three year old colony spring of 2014 go into its 4th season at the following link.
      http://alaskahoneybee.com/dev/alaska-winter-bees/

  5. Jill Butikofer says:

    Can I still order bees or have I missed it? Thanks so much :)

  6. I was wondering when ordering for the 2015 Packages will begin. My bees had I very difficult year and I will probably need to replace them. I am interested in at least two AHB Packages with four Queens. Thanks.

    • keith says:

      Thanks for your interest Mark, I am currently working on the details to offer a limited amount of AHB and an additional Hybrid strain out of Washington state that I think will be a great addition to the line up of queens available that are well suited for wintering bees in Alaska that I am offering to Alaska beekeepers.
      Keith

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