This year, my two hives have been rather prolific. They made it through the winter with great gusto, and then proceeded to be surprisingly productive. This apiary began this spring with two Snelgroves (counts as two nucs each) and two side-nucs, with the help and instruction of Michael Jaross. As spring progressed, so did these bees, adding two more nucs by the middle of May. That makes eight ten-frame nucs in total. My plan is to have a two-hive apiary, so I have a few hives for sale.
Here is an introduction to the five currently available hives:
To purchase a hive or hives, you will need the following (per hive). —
• One or two deep brood boxes, depending on the hive size.
• Ten new brood frames per box with new foundation.
• Top and bottom board with screening in the openings along the front and each vent.
• A strong winch strap for holding the hive together during transportation.
The above equipment will be required two days prior to pick up. I will load the frames from the original deep box into the one you provide. Your frames will replace mine, which are fairly new, clean and in use. The top and bottom boards, and the strap will be used to prepare your hive or hives for transportation. I do not do beehive delivery.
Please contact me through this email address: email@example.com to make a purchase, &/or to schedule an appointment to see the hives.
These bees come from very large and robust queens that were in my two hives from last year. They were prepared for winter fairly well. Last fall, they added a few more pounds to their stores from frame feeders. They were also each fed a sugar board toward the end of December, which was topped off in late winter. They received oxalic acid vapor treatments last fall. Currently they are not showing signs of any mites or other issues. Very healthy and hardy stock. The bees originally came from Fairhaven, so they have been in this area at least three years. I purchased one nuc last year from Marie Eppens, who had treated for mites, and produced excellent nucs. Michael Jaross of Whatcom Bee Help has taught Marie and myself beekeeping principles, and generously assisted both of us, and others, with as beekeepers. I look forward to the future as a beekeeper because this is an important livelihood that continually amazes me.
—Anita K. Boyle