Frequently Asked Questions:
What kind of bees do you sell? Our goal is to sell bees from our own colonies one day, but right now we're using a vendor out of Texas. We personally use these bees ourselves and know that they overwinter well here in KS/MO. You will not be disappointed! The BEES we sell are Minnesota Hygienic Italians: Minnesota Hygienic Italians were developed by Dr. Marla Spivak at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. Dr. Spivak was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010 These bees are bred to have a high degree of hygienic behavior known to be effective against diseases of the brood such as American foulbrood and chalkbrood. This trait is thought to be two behaviors acting in synergy, the uncapping of diseased cells, then the removal of the pathogen along with the pupae, effectively disrupting the disease lifecycle. Another trait, Varroa Sensitive Hygiene (VSH) is especially effective at targeting varroa mites. Dr. Spivak played a pivotal role in characterizing this behavior.
I'm just starting this, what do I do? Great question! Start by reading "Beekeeping for Dummies". It's an informative and easy book to follow. Join a club! There are a few clubs in KS/MO and I highly suggest you join one. It allows you to network and bounce ideas off other beekeepers. Look for our "Inside the Hive" classes published under the Education tab.
What do I really need to buy to start beekeeping? You need everything included in one of our kits. These kits are a no stress, easy purchase that we've created to help the new beginner. It's a one-stop purchase and includes BEES!
Are your NUC frames only for deep boxes? Yes. Our NUC frames will not fit into a medium box, only a deep box will be able to hold the NUC frames.
What's the difference between a NUC and a package? A NUC is an established hive, just 1/2 the size. The queen is introduced and laying eggs. The frames have comb built on them and honey stored on them. A package is a box of bees with a queen inside who has not been introduced. After you shake the bees into your empty hive, the bees will need to build comb and start storing away honey. The queen will also need to be introduced to the colony. You will receive a package sooner than a NUC, but overall you're still ahead by purchasing a NUC.
Will I get honey my first year? The short answer to this is maybe. If you start with a full hive in May, you're more likely to get honey in your first year, but everything depends on the nectar sources you are surrounded by and the weather conditions. Focus on hive management year one and honey will come by year two for sure!
How much time does it take to keep bees? You need a minimum of 2 hours a month to inspect 2 hives. You should be inspecting at least twice a month! When you purchase bees it is your responsibility to take care of them. You cannot leave a hive in your yard and never get in it to inspect it. You don't need to pull every frame for an inspection, just make sure there are eggs during each inspection. If you see eggs you know the Queen has been there at least in the last 3-4 days. The #1 thing I tell new beekeepers is to look for eggs! The Queen is sometimes very hard to find, she moves fast and can play a good game of hide-n-seek!
Can you make money from Beekeeping? Yes! After a hive has survived the winter, it can be split into possibly 3 hives in the Spring. You can sell these splits, (NUCS). You can also sell honey from your hives, or lip balm and lotion from your wax. So, yes...this hobby can pay for itself in time. What other hobby does that?!
What is your refund policy?
There are no refunds. No exceptions!
Once you pay a deposit or in full, that payment is non-refundable. We are ordering bees based on your deposit.
We are encouraging everyone to inspect their bees at our property at pick-ups. If there is an issue at that time, we will provide you with another hive or NUC that you are happy with. After you leave our property, there are no refunds, no exchanges and no queen replacements.
No transfers of bee sales! If you purchase bees from The Kansas Bee Company and you cancel the order, it is up to you to pick up your bees and handle the resale of the bees. We will not transfer that sale to another individual.
We will not extend pick-ups past our final pick up date for anyone under any circumstances. If you do not show up to get your bees after we have tried to contact you, your deposit or payment in full is non-refundable. The bees need to be moved to their new home in a timely manner. We need to consider the bees well being first and foremost.
Thank you for your understanding!