Starting a New Hive with a Mailed Package

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqjP3-6prwM

Where do beekeepers get their bees from ? Well, some will have a system whereby they farm and split their existing hives, details of which we can discuss at a later date. A lot of beekeepers though, have no option but to ship in swarms of bees from other states or countries to replenish bees that have been lost over a long cold winter where many hives have perished. Added to this , of course, is the ever present threat of bee diseases.

Packaged bees can come from Western Australia and quite often these are sent to Canada and Northern USA. These bees can be housed quite simply with a well prepared hive and in no time at all they will be building up their numbers for a busy spring and summer. This video gives an idea of what’s involved.