Urban beekeeping in New Mexico's largest city.
I was wondering were I could get my bees and Queen, and what are the prices.
New member William B. McCoy.
How many hives? I started by signing up for catching swarms on this site. I caught 6 last year. I gave one away and one absconded. By catching a swarm, you get your bees for free. You can sign up to receive swarms from people who catch them but don't need them. You could also get bees by doing cutouts, similar to a swarm. I have gotten numerous cutout calls also.
If you really want to buy bees, I recommend Craig Noorlander on the member list here. He sold bees last year, I think. I see that you are not from around here. You might want to look into any bee clubs or organizations in your local area and see what they suggest. I would recommned locally raised bees from your area. You could ask the same question on beesource.com and ask for any sources in your area. There are tons of places that sell packages. Look on beesource.com and other big beekeeping forum sites to get the names. Some that come to mind are Glen Apiaries, Russell Apiaries, Draper Bees, and many, many others. I can't endorse any of them since I have not purchased any bees from any of them. Try the West Virginia Beekeepers Association too. They can probably make some recommendations.
Thank's, Ted for the information and the reply best wishes and Happy Holiday
Pigeon Mountain Trading Co is another source.. and in Georgia, I believe.. but.. at any rate.. IF you are going to buy a package of bees.. It is getting VERY LATE to do so... orders usually start being taken in November.. for Spring delivery.. and with the shortage of bees, they tend to sell out fast. I think Ted is correct.. Your best choice would be to get Local bees that are acclimated to Your area and conditions.. via Swarms, Cutouts, or another Beekeeper. Hope this is helpful..
Zia Queen Bees has nucs ready to be reserved now. You can check out their web site. They are just up in Truchas.