Save the Bees- Become a Beekeeper
Our Spring session of Beekeeping Classes is over, however we will have more classes available in the Fall. Keep an eye on this page, and follow us on Facebook for an updated schedule.
D&J Apiary will be CLOSED June 4th thru June 8th
Spring has sprung and we are taking a break as we head into the Summer. We have decided to close the store the first full week of June, which means we will not be attending the Seminole, or Lake county meetings. All supplies need to be picked up by Friday June 1st at 4 pm. We will re-open on Monday June 11th at 8 am. We apologize for any inconvenience, and will always do what we can to help our customers. Thanks for your understanding.
Spring Nucs are done!
We have completed the list of orders for our Spring nucs and all of them have been taken home and transfered into their new boxes and are doing well. If you ended up with some of our nucs we would love to see your set ups, so snap a few pictures and email them over to us. Who knows we might even showcase your pictures here on our website and on our Facebook page. If you didn’t get yours in the Spring, we will have Nucs available again for the Fall, but please note that we are NOT currently taking reservations for Fall Nuc’s, that list will most likely be started in late July or early August for tentative pickup in mid to late September.
The cost of living’s high… and going up
Unfortunately we have had to raise the prices on a few of our products. The most recent increases apply to Orange Blossom Honey, and Beeswax. Due to a poor Orange honey crop this year, and increasing demand for Orange Blossom honey, the market has dictated that a price increase is necessary. Our retail prices for Orange Blossom honey are now $8.50 per pound, $16 per 2 pound, $34 per 5 pound, and $250 per 5 Gallon Bucket. This decrease in honey production has also led to a reduced amount of wax cappings, which creates a shortage of processed wax. Our retail price for Filtered Beeswax is now $8 per pound, up $1 from previous. Our bulk wax prices have increased about $1 as well depending on color and quantity ordered. We appologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we value your continued patronage as we continue to strive to provide quality products at affordable prices.
VFD Process Simplified!
The summer time is a good time to apply the antibiotics used for preventing American Foul Brood (AFB). As of January 1st 2017 the FDA guidelines for Antibiotics used in animals changed in an attempt to lessen the chances of bacteria developing a resistance to the drugs when they become neccessary to be used in humans. The thought is that trace amounts of the antibiotics are being passed along to humans when the animals, or their bi-products, that have been treated with the drugs are consumed. The FDA feels that if the “over use” of the antibiotics in animals is halted, the drugs will have a better chance of maintaining their effectiveness in humans. For this reason, it is now required to have a prescription or feed directive to purchase the antibiotics for your bees.
The University of Florida Veterinary Feed Directive system is online and active. If you need antibiotics for your bees this is required to purchase those antibiotics from your veterinarian, or Beekeeeping supplier. When you fill out the form, you will have to choose which medication you want to use, and how you will apply it. If you are purchasing from us, the only product we are currently able to supply is Oxytetracycline ( Terra-Pro ). You will need to choose the drop down box for Oxytetracycline- dusting using powdered sugar mix. Feel free to call us with any questions.
Here is theLink https://www.honeybeevfd.com
Mite Check Tutorial
While you are in your hive applying antibiotics, it is a great time to check your mite levels and treat for mites if neccessary
During a honey flow, the population of your hives can increase substantially. Along with this can come a substantial increase in your mite population as well and the mite population can quickly out number your bee population if it goes unchecked. The most effective way of checking for mites is the Alcohol wash. Yes I know, it requires killing a sample of approximately 300 bees, however this is better than losing an entire hive to mite damage.
Below is a link to a video that explains the process. This particular video is from New Jersey but it gives an accurate explanation of the entire process. Video credit: Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association