Swarmbustin’ Honey is pleased to announce that
we will bee offering for sale Over-Wintered Survivor
Stock Nucleus Colonies of Honey Bees during Spring
and Summer of 2015! This new venture warrants a brief
history of our operation. (CLICK
HERE to read About Us)
We are truly blessed to bee able to research, listen
to the bees, and learn how we can best help them.
Please read through our home page for as we turn
our operation upside down & inside out, our
decisions may affect your future purchasing selections.
Our decision to produce Nucs was the result of
numerous factors. Having reassessed the capabilities
of our apiaries we are excited to bee focusing on
the bees needs now more than ever. Instead of managing
our Bee Hives for honey production our apiary will
have a larger positive impact if we focus on producing
climatized Nucleus Honey Bee colonies with good
genetics. Honey production is an important criteria
in choosing our breeding Queen Bees; For more info
on our Queen Breeding Program and our agenda for
HERE to read about our Queen Breeding Program).
Nucleus Colonies VS. Packaged Bees
Whether exploring the art of beekeeping for the
first time, or replenishing winter losses, one has
but two options; purchasing Nucleus colonies from
a beekeeper, or gambling with factory farm package
bees. Nucs offer the advantage of starting with
an established brood nest, drawn comb, and honey
reserves. In our humble opinion the package bee
industry, with their assembly line mass-producing
tactics, is weakening the genetic pool of honey
bees nationwide and there is clearly a need for
all beekeepers supplying bees to step back &
re-evaluate the beeloved honey bees best interest.
Have a look at the video “More Than Honey”
for more on this topic.
Changing from Honey Production to Nuc
Reevaluating our operation illustrated that managing
our hives for the production of our Totally Raw
Honey is ludicrous with the facilities we have to
work with. Totally Raw Honey has always been a main
focus for us and the decision to temporarily let
go of it was a very hard yet necessary choice.
Our goal is to move forward with an all-under-one-roof
Swarmbustin’ facility sooner by reducing costs
of harvesting honey under our current set up, allowing
us to provide Totally Raw Honey again in future
seasons. We would like to thank our customers who
stuck with us throughout the years & made our
signature honey - Totally Raw Honey, a true labor
of love, as well as our top seller. We sincerely
apologize to our loyal customers who faithfully
waited along with us, year after year, as the first
round of bottling and extracting was completed and
Fresh Totally Raw Honey beecame available once more.
Once our new facility is up and running look for
our Totally Raw Honey to bee back, stronger than
By providing Nucs for sale we are truly focusing
our intention exclusively on “All About the
Bees.” There needs to bee global interest
in truly listening to the bees so we are turning
our entire operation upside down to accomplish this
better. Please bear with us during this transition.
Bee Pollen & Other Swarmbustin’
Honeys Still Available!
In the meantime, we are glad to assure our customers
that our Fresh Bee Pollen production will continue
uninterrupted. We will also continue to provide
all our other honeys in our product line (pure,
flavored, & cremed) as we have in the past.
To accomplish this we will rely on local beekeepers
to supply us with surplus honey. Our Golden Nectar
Honey is a great option as it is still considered
Raw and will bee available uninterrupted in 2015.
This brings up the question “what is or is
not raw honey?” a rather loose term in the
beekeeping world. The main criteria for determining
if honey is Raw is that it has not been filtered
or heated above a maximum “threshold”
temperature. This temperature is widely debated
but usually falls beetween 105 degrees Fahrenheit
to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Our pure honeys have
been warmed up only slightly to facilitate bottling,
and strained through sieves; none of our honeys
have been filtered which requires excessive heating.
Back to the Nucs: the price is $159.00 per Nuc with
2 Nucs housed in each box. (Single Nucs are possible)
Nucs are not shippable and will need to bee picked
up at the farm in West Grove, PA. There is a $35
box deposit which we will simply hold on to until
box (es) are returned. For questions or to place
an order please contact Swarmbustin’ Honey
at (610) 384-2384 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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