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04/19/2022 OHB Packages - Nearly There

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As previously announced, this year, our packages from California will be arriving in one, larger delivery of packages instead of two deliveries a week apart.

Here's the part that changed since last update:

There’s good news and bad news.

Change in Plans: Bad news first: temps were too cold to mark the queens, so the packages will have unmarked queens.
It would have been detrimental to the bees to break the cluster to mark the queens, so the best course was to forego marking.

Pickup Days and Times: Good news: despite snow and sleet and one harrowing detour, we will be open for package pickup as follows:
Wednesday 4/20 Noon – 7pm
Thursday 4/21 10am – 7pm
Please do your best to pick up your bees Wednesday or Thursday.
We may post some time for Friday, and will return to our regular hours Saturday (10am-2pm).

Weather considerations: Your bees will do best if you pick them up promptly, even if you hold them until better weather before installing them. Keep them cool (50-ish degrees) and spray them through the package once a day with sugar syrup and they should hold well for a day or two.

Supplies: We trust you are ready to receive your bees. If you need any last minute items, please place your order online at least one day ahead of your arrival at the shop.

Can't get your bees? If you are unable to pick up your bees within two days of their arrival, please let us know ASAP(!) and we'll do our best to make arrangements with you.

Questions? We'll be doing our best to keep up with inquiries. However, once the bees arrive, we will be focused on distributing the packages. Email and phone messages may take longer to respond to, until the dust starts to settle.