17732 SE 283rd Ave.
Umatilla FL 32784
Come check out our new Extractors!
The Palmetto honey flow is coming to an end, so now is the time to think about harvesting and processing your honey. We now carry a new line of Lyson extractors. Lyson is a company out of Poland, that manufactures extracting equipment that will fit the needs of any size apiary. Whether you’re just getting started with your first hive, or your looking for a fully automated extracting solution for thousands of hives, Lyson has a product to fit your needs and budget. We now carry a limited selection of both Manual and Electric extractors. We currently stock 4 Frame Tangential/Single Side (Manual), 12 Frame Radial (Manual and Electric), and 20 Frame Radial (12 volt, and 110 volt Electric) extractors, and plan to expand our selection to include Lyson’s wax processing equipment, as well as pumps and hoses. Check in often to see what new toys we get.
Summer is quickly approaching!
June, July, and August can be a difficult time for beekeepers here in Florida. It’s this time of year that we need to monitor and treat for Varroa Mites, and we may have to supplement our hives with sugar water and pollen patties. This is the critical time that “Management” comes into play. During a honey flow, the bees pretty much take care of themselves. However, during a time of dearth, the real responsibility of being a beekeeper falls on us. We must determine whether or not the bees have sufficient food and pollen reserves, whether our mite levels are at acceptable levels, and then decide the best way to solve any issues. Do we feed sugar water (sucrose), or corn syrup (fructose)? Do we use a pollen substitute, and if so do we feed it dry, or in a patty? If we choose a patty, which recipe do we use? For mites, do we use Chemicals, or Organic methods? This is when it pays to have, and use, good resources such as an experienced mentor, your State Apiary Inspector, and even the Internet (sometimes). In the end, it all comes down to Personal Preference. How do YOU want to manage YOUR hives to meet YOUR intended goals or purpose?
Queens are no longer available
As we get into the Summer months, Queen Rearing becomes more difficult. We have shut down the Queen Operation for the Summer, and will resume in the Fall. Call for availability, scheduling, or to get on the list for Fall.