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New Products Available In-Store

For the 2017 season we almost doubled the number of products we have available in-store. We are working to bring some of these products to our online store later this year.

We now distribute Beeline woodenware. We have now two qualities available on beekeeping woodenware: Economy and Prime.

The new options include higher quality wooden frames (assembled and unassembled), Deep and Western-size 5-frame nucs, wooden top feeders, spacers, entrance wooden feeders, top bar hives, top-bar hive feeders, garden-style top cover, etc.

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We doubled the options available on wooden frames, assembled or unassembled.

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Look at the picture below showing the difference between the economy and prime frames. The prime wooden frame, right, has a wooden tab in the center of the side bar, so when we staple the bottom bar to the side bar, we have a stronger fit. All of our assembled wooden frames are glued and have 6 staples in the key points to make for a durable and strong frame.

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If you are in driving distance from BeeManiacs, we recommend you to visit us any Friday or Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm to see all the new items brought into the store.

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2017 Old Sol Nucs and Queens Available at BeeManiacs

We are very glad to announce that BeeManiacs just became a distributor of Old Sol Nucs for the Inland Northwest.

Old Sol Apiaries has been breeding Survivor and Caucasian queens, which are adapted to colder weather and longer winters. On top of better queen genetics, the bees come in high-quality wooden nuc boxes that you can keep for making your own future nucs or queens. If you have no use for the wooden nuc box, you can bring it back empty to BeeManiacs for $20/box in-store credit (the box itself usually retails at ~$35, so it’s a good deal to keep it for future use).

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This is the pricing break down for nucs:

Queen Race Nuc price Wooden Box WA Sates Tax Total
Survivor Stock $140.00 $20.00 $12.96 $172.96
Caucasian $150.00 $20.00 $13.77 $183.77

You can pre-order Old Sol nucs now, while supplies last:
http://livebees.beemaniacs.com/

Nucs will available for pick up on April 15, at BeeManiacs on our Bee Day.

Remember that if you don’t want to keep the wooden nuc box, you can return it for $20 in-store credit at BeeManiacs.

This year we will be working in collaboration with the Backyard Beekeepers Association, so hobby beekeepers can start making their own queens. The more survivor and caucasian stock we have in the area, the better the genetics of our locally raised queens will be.

For more information about Old Sol Apiaries and their queens and nucs, you can visit their website: http://oldsolbees.com/

 

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2017 BeeManiacs Bee Day

We are going to host the first BeeManiacs Bee Day on April 15, 2017.

This will be a very interesting event for beekeepers, with many activities and vendors available that day. That’s the day packages and nucs will be available to be picked up for beekeepers that pre-ordered them at http://livebees.beemaniacs.com/

If you want to buy or sell equipment or tools, we will be hosting a Beekeeping Equipment Swap.

Vendors can participate for free!

To keep the information centralized we have created a new page on our website. Please find more information at this link: https://beemaniacs.com/beemaniacs-bee-day/

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2017 Bee Packages available now

We decided to release pre-ordering of our 2017 bee packages.

You can order your 2017 package of bees right now at this link http://livebees.beemaniacs.com/

We do not ship bees. Pickup at BeeManiacs. Estimated pickup date is April 15, 2017.

For 2017 we are partnering with Olivarez Honey Bees, to bring their high-quality packages which are proven to be successful in colder areas. You have to select which race of queen you’d like to purchase (Carniolan or Italian).

The price of the packages includes sales tax and there’s no deposit for the package box. You get 3 lbs of honey bees (about 10,500 bees) and one marked queen in each package, ready to get a new beehive started. We have found that beginner beekeepers really need marked queens, so we always try to secure a supplier that will provide marked queens.

We set aside some packages for early bird discounted price, so if you order early, you could save $15 per package (while supplies last and for limited time). The early bird price is set at $120 per package and the full price is $135.

We have setup a small online store for processing live bee orders. At this time only packages can be ordered and we will add queens and nucs as they become available.

You can place your order now at this website: http://livebees.beemaniacs.com/

For more information, please contact us at livebees@beemaniacs.com.

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BeeManiacs Expansion – Phase 1

As business grows, we have the need to expand operations in our current location. The first phase of our plan has just started.

Phase 1, as we call it, consists of adding a new building of almost 4,000 sq ft for warehouse and office space.

With this larger space, we will be able to increase the amount of items we carry in order to provide even more options for our customers. It will also allow us to bring most of our in-store items to our online store, for the benefit of our nation-wide customers.

Thank you to all customers that have made this possible.

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Bee Cozy

We just received our first shipment of Bee Cozy winter wraps and inner cover pads from NOD.

These products will be carried in-store only for now, but we are planning on bringing them to our online store for nationwide shipping by 2017.

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Beekeeping Field Day Visit at BeeManiacs

Last Saturday was the second annual Backyard Beekeepers Association field trip, where lots of new and experienced beekeepers gathered to inspect a variety of hives and beekeeping techniques in commercial and hobby bee yards.

BeeManiacs was featured as one of the field trip destinations. We checked foundation-less Langstroth frames as well as Top Bar hives, followed by a honey extraction demonstration by Ari Jr and Maria.

Thank you all for the visit.

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Mann Lake Products at BeeManiacs Store

We have been carrying some Mann Lake products at our BeeManiacs store, but we just took it to the next level. We are now Mann Lake distributors just brought in over 25 new items that we were not carrying before.

New products include frame feeders, escape boards, swarm traps, testing kits, summer and winter inner covers, insulation, and many other parts for your hive and beekeeping tools.

For now, we only sell these items in-store, but we’re working towards bringing most of these items to our online store.

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Pollinator-Friendly Plant Mix Sown at BeeManiacs Bee Yard

We just finished sowing more than 5 acres of a pollinator friendly mix at our BeeManiacs honey bee yard.

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We teamed up with the Spokane County Conservation District, and we’re running this program for the first season as a test. We will monitor the progress of the germination of the mix of pollinator friendly plants and confirm how much of the active season different flowering plants will cover. Depending on this year results, the Conservation District will expand the program coverage for the 2017 season.

The seed mix includes some non-flowering plants for providing wind-erosion protection or improving soil condition. This is the list of seeds used:

Common Vetch
Mung Beans
Guar-Kinman
Chinese Red
Sainfoin-shoshone
Super Sugar
Wildlife Grain Sorghum
2120 Forage Sorghum
Spring Forage Barley
Nitro Radish
Safflower-Finch
Sunflower-Peredovic
Buckwheat-Mancan
Okra- Clemson spineless
Clover- Yellow Sweet
Proso Millet- (Red)
White Wonder Millet (Hay)
Pacific Gold Mustard
African Cabbage
Sesame

The pictures do not show much going on the ground because a no-till drill was used. The seeds and the organic fertilizer were applied directly through the current, mostly grass cover. Our goal is to increase the amount and diversity of flowering plants available to the bees in our yard throughout the season.

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Online Beekeeping School

We have been working in beekeeping education for several years. Every year we try to find ways to improve the quality of the educational material and how to reach more potential beekeepers. We had requests from people having conflicts with class schedules, looking for ways to get beekeeping classes online.

We decided that it was time to release an online school system for beekeepers. We have been working on this project for the last year. The original idea was to supplement our classes, so if a student would miss a class, the content would be available online to catch up. But then it expanded to reach out to people that are not able to attend the classes at all.

We are currently working with the Backyard Beekeepers Association to develop this online education option.

For questions please contact us at education@beemaniacs.com

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