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My mission at The Kansas Bee Company,
is to bring BEE awareness and BEE education to as many people as possible!
Your purchases, whether that be from bees, honey, classes or equipment, allow me to continue in the mission and the bees appreciate each and every one of you!
On a personal note, I'd like to introduce myself to all of you.
My name is Christine and I'm the owner of this business.
My husband - Jake - helps me when he's not working at his full time
carpentry job, but I'm the Queen Bee! ;)
I started beekeeping in 2016 and it's been an amazing 3 years! I run a smaller number of hives, so I'm not a big commercial operation by any means. I just love the bees and love sharing the knowledge I have with others!
If you'd like to see some pictures of us, scroll to the bottom and check out the slideshow.
Thank you for visiting my web-page.
Frequently Asked Questions:
I have a question about my bees, how can I reach you? You can text or call me at 816-739-0726. More than likely I will suggest a consultation at your beehive so I can determine the best course of action. FYI, my customers come first! This means if I have several calls to return, those who purchased bees from me will be called first.
What kind of bees do you sell? 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. We are proud to announce that we'll be selling Matt Winstead's bees in Spring 2020! Matt owns Golden Rule Honeybee Farm! You will BEE happy with your BEES!
I live in a suburban neighborhood so I can't have bees right? WRONG! You don’t need a lot of land to have hives. That is a common misconception about beekeeping. All you need is a backyard with enough space for the hives themselves.The bees fly up to 3 miles a day for food and water. And, they are not going to be a nuisance to your neighbors. Most of the time they aren’t even aware you have hives. Also, you are legally allowed to have 2 hives in your suburban backyard in most cities throughout Kansas and Missouri. Please check with your city to be sure of the ordinance.
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?!
Do you ship bees or products? No. I understand our website says that we do when you checkout online. That is a feature that weebly will not allow me to change. I'm so sorry for the confusion this causes!
What is your refund policy?
There are no refunds - No exceptions!
**Added on 03/18/2020 - I have had a no refund policy for 4 years. This is not changing due to the coronavirus. I have purchased everyone's bees, equipment and suits. We will still have pickups in May. If we have to do them staggered by appointment to be compliant with social distancing, we will. But, pickups are still going forward!**
Once you pay a deposit - or in full - that payment is non-refundable. Bees, equipment and tools have been ordered based on your payment.
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. No exceptions.
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. It is your responsibility to check the website for pickup dates. Often times emails go to a spam folder.
Thank you for your understanding!