|Posted by Jason Varner on January 19, 2014 at 1:05 PM||comments (0)|
Bees being over wintered in Pa are all doing great. No loses so far. Put on 20# of Protein added candy to stimulat early brood. Over wintered nucs are doing great for those of you that ordered some. We have 5 more waiting to be reserved then we will stop taking orders for them. The Early FL Nucs are wide open as well as Pa Nucs.
|Posted by Jason Varner on August 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
Got back from Wisconsin last week. Queen mating looks good, now I am getting my cell starters set up and will be grafting this week. All goes well will be shipping queens begining of next week.
|Posted by Jason Varner on May 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
Last of the queen orders will be caught Monday and shipped Tuesday morning. Most of the nucs have been picked-up and will deliver the final nuc order in a couple weeks.
|Posted by Jason Varner on May 8, 2013 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
First batch of nucs are made and cells planted.
|Posted by Jason Varner on April 15, 2013 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
I finally got out of Fl and to Pa to check on things. Of the breeders we were wintering only the Keystones, Northern Select Sunkist and Hybrid 410 made it with a population and stores I want to see at this time of the season. So for those of you that ordered a line other than those listed I will substitute a line that is close to the line you ordered or I can refund your money. Please let me know if you want a refund since I will substitute for you unless a refund is requested.
I will start grafting in about a week and a half. So that means northern raised Queens and Nucs should be ready about 4 weeks after that and orders will be fill in the order they were recieved but don't worry it will not take to long to get them all out as I kept orders low so I can fill them with in 2 or 3 week from the time I start sending them. Plan to start shipping 5-20 and be done shipping 6-8.
For those of you that ordered Nucs out of FL they will be here with in 2 weeks I am trying to get them onto the load I am leaving today to go haul up. If I do they will be here this weekend.
Any questions or refund request please send them to the email address below.
Varner's Bee Farm
|Posted by Jason Varner on January 26, 2013 at 8:10 AM||comments (0)|
End of January is here and Almonds are around the corner. Got the Dr to release me to Lite duty so I can at least get things going. I am heading to Fl to help get the bees ready for FBF to be in Ca by the 12th. By the time I get back my helper will have the candy read to put on the Producion Hives to ramp up brood production. More brood means more splits and more mating nucs and if strong enough they will take advantage of the Maple Bloom.
|Posted by Jason Varner on January 14, 2013 at 5:25 AM||comments (2)|
We had 2 days of high 40's low 50's went out the first day to wrap up the last hives and check the late nucs to see if they needed feed. There was a few I was worried about. We saved back 20 or so frames of honey for this. We put it in the house and built a nice wood fire to bring it all up to temp and we went out and yesterday and put 3 frames in the lite ones and 4 or 5 into the nreeders that got robbed hard. That said they were made late and then we had a feed spill of a few hundred gallons that started some bad robbing. The surviving breeders so far are a SKC, English Buckfast, Carn-Carpathian, Carpathian and a Hybrid 410. We have lost half of our breeders to bear and robbing but with all the survivers went through I have high hopes for their quality and rugedness. All the production hives looked better than I thought they would most are just now starting to use their stores I am figuring they will start to rear some brood in 2 weeks
|Posted by Jason Varner on January 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM||comments (0)|
Hi all Queen orders for May are booked up. Those of you I have been in contact with and told May but have not ordered are ok for May aslong as you make you order before the end of Jan. The only other way to pick up May queens is if you are ordering Nucs and pick them up together. The rest of the season is still open for oders at this piont. I will keep you all updated.
Thanks for you Beesness,
|Posted by Jason Varner on December 18, 2012 at 12:55 AM||comments (6)|
Here is a Moonbeam up date. Was out yesterday checking hives and wrapping them up. Temp was mid 40's. Moonbeams are holding nice clusters and were flying heavy collecting Ultra-Bee pollen-sub we had out in dry feeders for them. Only others with any activity were my Keystone Pollinators but was half the activity,NSSK, Carnis and Carpathians were out some but not enough to really count and the SKC were clustered real tight and were not moving much. But will say all I let strong and didn't split hard made a deep and a half of honey some up to 2.5 deeps. Flows in our area were typical if early most of the time. Aster has been my go to crop for winter since the last 3 years in a row it made almost enough that we didn't need to feed but 1 or 2 5# honey jars of syrup with a little equalizing.
|Posted by Jason Varner on October 5, 2012 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
Had to drive a truck to Fl last week catch was that I had to fly back. I had never flown in my life and was a bit worried about it. I t was not as bad as it could have been. The seats are made for tiny people and I am a big guy so the poor lady beside me had my shoulder to deal with. Lukily I was in a window seat and leaned on the wall and slept most of the flight.