Read the Warranty for Packages
Read theWarranty for Queens
Read the recommendation for Feeding Packages
Our next class will be held Sunday, Sunday, July 14 at Worcester Honey Farms, 2011 Shearer Road, Lansdale, PA. Please park along Shearer Road--do not park on the grass at Peter Wentz park across the street.
See you here at 9:00 or 1:30.
This course is scheduled for five Sunday sessions from February thru July at Worcester Honey Farm. Only 25 people for each group of classes will be accepted and advance registration is required.
Click here for more Hands-On Beekeeping information and registration form.Enrollment status: This class is sold out. Please let me know if you want to be notified of future classes at HandsOn@pabeekeeper.com.
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Warranty for Packages: Once you pickup your package, it is your responsibility. We do guarantee that the queen will be alive in the package, provided that you install the package within three days of scheduled pickup date. That is the extent of our warranty. If the queen is found to be dead when shaking the package into the hive, please contact us immediately and bring back the queen in the queen cage when you pickup your replacement queen. Worcester Honey Farms make no further warranty and has no obligation to replace a queen that dies after the queen cage is initially installed in your hive. If you do not agree to the limit of this warranty, please contact Worcester Honey Farms before you pick up your package, and we will cancel your order and refund your money.
Bees are a live product and there are a multitude of factors that affect the health of the package bees, the most important being feeding the colony...which means keeping sugar syrup within inches of the queen cages (especially during cold weather). Heat, sunlight, draft, releasing the queen too early so that queen is killed or the package absconds, installing packages in newly painted hives, clogged sugar syrup holes, feeding molasses or raw sugar, allowing package bees to drift to other hives, and poking a nail through the queen are among other factors that can affect the health of your package. All of these factors are within your control. We would be happy to explain any of these situations and suggestions on how to avoid them.
Warranty for Queens: Once you pickup a queen, she is your responsibility. Worcester Honey Farms make no further warranty and has no obligation to replace a queen that dies in your care or during installation in your hive.
Queens are a live product and there are a multitude of factors that affect the health of a queen in a queen cage, the most important being to first make sure that the hive is queenless before installing the queen and not releasing the queen too soon...most often four days minimum. Among other factors that can kill a queen are cold temperatures, direct sunlight, and drone-laying workers. All of these factors are within your control and your responsibility. We would be happy to explain any of these situations and suggestions on how to avoid them.
Feeding packages: Please wait at least four days before releasing your queen, as that should keep your package from absconding, especially if you are installing on foundation or in top bar hives. Please keep your bees well fed. When installing during cold days (when evening temperatures drop below 50 degrees), keep sugar syrup directly on top of the cluster and do not use Miller-type hive top feeders and boardman entrance feeders. The cluster must touch both the entrance to the sugar syrup and the queen cage, as the bees cannot move from the cluster to reach the food when it is cold.
Web Site: www.pabeekeeper.com