OldSol Nucs are arriving on Saturday, May 19th.
You will be picking up your Nucs at our farm preferable Saturday night between 9:00 and 9:30 PM. (They are flying during the day, so you have to come when it gets dark so you can take the foraging bees as well.). If you can’t make it Saturday, we can arrange for a Sunday pickup as well.
To get to Fiddle Farms, follow these directions below or visit Google Maps
Get onto Country Club Rd from West Hood River. Go 3 miles and take a right at the stop sign which keeps you on Country Club Rd. Follow Country Club around the Golf Course for about 1.7 miles until you hit the next stop sign. You will be bearing slightly right and then immediately bare left onto Reed Rd. Go .8 miles and look for the shared driveway on the left for 2661. Head down the driveway a little bit and then bear left down the gravel road following the signs to 2661. (Don’t take the dirt road on the left with private sign. That’s farmer’s irrigation). You will see the brown barn with green metal roof. Stay left and head down to the driveway. Call if you get lost: 541-645-0029
* Please go very slow down the driveway as it’s only wide enough for one car.
The bees come in a wooden Nuc hive that we’ll seal up when you get here. However, there’s always a chance some can escape inside your car. Be careful as there is a lot of bees still flying around the yard, so people do get stung. Keep the bees cool until you get home.
How to Hive your Nuc
It is not necessary to transfer the frames right away once you get your nuc home in the dark. Unless you are comfortable hiving your Nuc, it’s best to do this in the light of day so you can better see what you are doing and maybe see the Queen during the transfer.
You will set the nuc box on top of the hive in the location they will reside. Make sure the entrance of the Nuc is facing the same direction as your hive and unscrew the screen at the entrance. Do not leave the bees trapped in the Nuc for any length of time besides travel.
Later, when they have calmed down from the trip, you can transfer the frames the next day, preferable in the morning or evening. When you are ready to transfer the frames, take one frame out of your Nuc box from the very end of the box. Separate the other four into 2 and 2 on each side so you don’t roll the bees when you pull out the frames. Carefully transfer the frames from the nuc making sure to keep them IN THE SAME ORDER and the same direction. Once the five nuc frames are in the new hive, carefully push all frames together into the center and add the additional empty frames on the ends.
Some boxes will have a queen cage attached to a frame. Make sure that gets transferred into your hive as the Queen may still be in there. The workers should release her soon, but check in 3 to 5 days. If she’s still in the cage after that, release her yourself.
It is important to feed your bees a 1:1 syrup solution until there is at least one box of drawn comb with stores.
Happy Beekeeping and call us if you have any questions! 541-632-3478
Orders for 2019
Due to the fact that Varroa mites have rapidly evolved resistance to the most widely used acaricides, the long-term sustainability of apiculture depends on the elimination of the industry’s reliance on toxic chemicals that are known to taint wax and honey. In an effort to abate this trend, we have chosen to work with an organic apiary in Southern Oregon called Old Sol Bees, which has developed a Varroa mite resistant queen line. These bees, developed by Doctors Harbo and Harris, are known as Suppressed Mite Reproduction (SMR) or Smart Bees. The breeder queens were selected from untreated survivor stock. Further selection criteria include gentleness, fecundity, and honey production. Daughters of these queens are what you are ordering.
Nucs will be ready to pick up at our farm early to mid-May depending on how the weather is for the first part of spring. * Please note that these Nucs use Langstroth Frames. They are not meant to be used for Top Bar Hives.
Cost is $180 per Nuc plus $20 deposit for the wooden Nuc box which is refundable, but you may want to just keep the box as they are worth more then $20. Pickup is at our farm on Reed Road in Hood River at night.
To order, call us at: 541-632-3478 or use the form below. Payment will be required by May 1st, 2018.