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  • Posted on May 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I just wanted to write and say thank you so very, very much to David, Sheri and the team at Long Lane Honey Bee Farms (aka www.honeybeesonline.com !!  I’m a 1 year beekeeper who lost my hives at the end of the very hot summer last year… but now I’m back in business and thrilled.

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BeeHive in Waiting

I got my first package bees (4 pkgs) last Friday morning here in Arkansas.  I was called by the post office and arrived there by 9am.  As instructed by David, I inspected the packages, and was shocked to see 3 of the packages full of dead bees.  I’m not talking the small number that are normal, I’m talking 3 packages of dead bees.  Before leaving the post office, I got Form #1000 from the postmaster who seemed to not know how to help me.

Still standing at the post office dock, I put in a frantic call to LBHBF and amazingly enough at this time of year reached David Burns!!!  He was awesome, listening to my plight and asking a few questions.  We ended the conversation with David telling me he would send replacement packages this week.  He did ask me to check the queen packages and see if they were okay and to return them to him if they were.

I got home and installed the one living package in the ready hive (they still seem to be doing great, by the way).  Upon checking the other packages, there were only a few living bees walking around.  All three  queens, and their attendants were dead.  I’m really not sure if it was the heat in Arkansas last week or some other cause, but the poor bees were definitely dead.

At 7:30 this morning, I got a call from the post office telling me I had bees there.  I had a business meeting I had to go to, but I got to the post office around 10am.  I was nervous as I waited for the post master to bring out my 3 replacement packages of bees.  When he set them on the dock, I took time to look at them and was amazed and thrilled to see the huge balls of bees hanging from the roof of the packages.  There were even a few ‘hitchhickers’ on the outside of the packages (I’m not sure if they had made the trip from Illinois just ‘hanging on’ or if they joined up somewhere else), but it made me laugh.  I had a net hive cover so I used it for the trip home in the car.

I got home and husband helped me hive the bees.  I don’t have pics now, but I’ll get some put up this weekend.  Anyway – I just wanted to thank David, Sheri and all the Lone Lane Honey Bee Farms team for my awesome bee packages.

Have a great weekend!!

Ellen Crane
Lake Dardanelle, AR