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Welcome to Valley Bee Supply

& Woodenware Manufacturer

Located in Fishersville, Va


3 LB. PACKAGE BEES AND NUCS AVAILABLE FOR

 PICKUP IN LATE MARCH AND EARLY APRIL!!

Note:  We sell 3 lbs. of Package Bees by weight and you get a full 3 lbs. (pounds) of bees. If you

 purchase bees from other sources & not from us, use caution when you are ordering as some

suppliers are selling
#3 Package Bees or 3# Bees that cost less per package but they are NOT

3 lbs (pounds) of Bees
and not measured by weight.  If bees are identified with a number sign # before

the 3 or after the 3, you may only receive 2.5 lbs or 2 lbs of bees!
 


We are now open on


Saturday!....10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Mon - Fri    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.




Virginia Beehive Grant Program
  Copy & paste if link does not wk (or put into a search engine-Beehive Grant Program):

             http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/plant%26pest/hivegrant.shtml

A qualifying purchase for the grant must include all of the following items,
provided the items are used to establish a new hive:


Hive boxes, Frames for purchased hive boxes, Foundation for purchased frames,

The following items also qualify if purchased in conjunction with the previous items:

Bottom board, Inner cover, Outer cover, Queen Excluder, Entrance reducer, Feeder
.

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If you are a Beginning Beekeeping and want items to get you

 started and/or items to qualify for the Beehive Grant,
 
here are a list of items:


(Go to products, put the item number or name in search bar, click on item, put in cart):

H105 - Unassembled Beginner's Hive

P665 - Deep Frames and Foundation - Assembled (need 2 sets of 10)...10 frames per box

P695 - Medium Frames & Foundation - Assembled (need 3 sets of ten)...10 frames per box

E105 - Queen Excluder (need 1 per hive

F 500 - Feeder, Hive Top (need 1 per hive)...there are other feeders you can choose from

Other items for beekeeping but they do not qualify for the grant:

Smoker, fuel (can use pine needles), hive tool, bee brush, gloves, veil, suit, beekeeping book.






Another Beginner's Beekeeping Class

will be
scheduled soon...watch for

details 
$49.95 (includes book and lunch)

Reservations & Pre-Payment Required




How many flowers bees need to make one pound of honey?
Bees need to visit 2 million flowers to make a pound of honey.

As social insects living in a colony, honey bees must communicate with one another. Honey bees use movement, odor cues, and even food exchanges to share information.

Honey bee workers perform a series of movements, often referred to as the "waggle dance," to teach other workers the location of food sources more than 150 meters from the hive. Scout bees fly from the colony in search of pollen and nectar. If successful in finding good supplies of food, the scouts return to the hive and "dances" on the honeycomb.

The honey bee first walks straight ahead, vigorously shaking its abdomen and producing a buzzing sound with the beat of its wings. The distance and speed of this movement communicates the distance of the foraging site to the others. Communicating direction becomes more complex, as the dancing bee aligns her body in the direction of the food, relative to the sun. The entire dance pattern is a figure-eight, with the bee repeating the straight portion of the movement each time it circles to the center again.

Honey bees also use two variations of the waggle dance to direct others to food sources closer to home. The round dance, a series of narrow circular movements, alerts colony members to the presence of food within 50 meters of the hive. This dance only communicates the direction of the supply, not the distance. The sickle dance, a crescent-shaped pattern of moves, alerts workers to food supplies within 50-150 meters from the hive.

The honey bee dance was observed and noted by Aristotle as early as 330 BC. Karl von Frisch, a professor of zoology in Munich, Germany, earned the Nobel Prize in 1973 for his groundbreaking research on this dance language. His book The Dance Language and Orientation of Bees, published in 1967, presents fifty years of research on honey bee communication.

Odor cues also transmit important information to members of the honey bee colony. Pheromones produced by the queen control reproduction in the hive. She emits pheromones that keep female workers disinterested in mating, and also uses pheromones to encourage male drones to mate with her. The queen bee produces a unique odor that tells the community she is alive and well. When a beekeeper introduces a new queen to a colony, she must keep the queen in a separate cage within the hive for several days, to familiarize the bees with her smell.

Pheromones play a role in the defense of the hive as well. When a worker honey bee stings, it produces a pheromone that alerts her fellow workers to the threat. That's why a careless intruder may suffer numerous stings if a honey bee colony is disturbed.

In addition to the waggle dance, honey bees use odor cues from food sources to transmit information to other bees. Some researchers believe the scout bees carry the unique smells of flowers they visit on their bodies, and that these odors must be present for the waggle dance to work. Using a robotic honey bee programmed to perform the waggle dance, scientists noticed the followers could fly the proper distance and direction, but were unable to identify the specific food source present there. When the floral odor was added to the robotic honey bee, other workers could locate the flowers.

After performing the waggle dance, the scout bees may share some of the foraged food with the following workers, to communicate the quality of the food supply available at the location.

Honey Bees - Communication Within the Honey Bee Colony http://abt.cm/1e1s7nr via @aboutdotcom








Free ground shipping within contiguous U.S. on ALL orders over $99.  Shipping charges apply for any other areas.
Prices are subject to change. Glass Containers and Wax Foundation are shipped at your own risk.
 Items shipped to Alaska, Hawaii, and other areas outside the contiguous U.S. will be
charged shipping and may not be included upon checkout!





5% Discounts for in-store purchases ONLY! Must be present & show ID!

Active Military/Veterans, Emergency Personnel, Combined Club Orders

Restrictions May Apply (Bees, Nucs, Queens, Class excluded)









Not all items are on our website, call us...

it just has not been added and you can still order!







KEEP RECORDS ON YOUR HIVES!!



If you need help in keeping track of your hives-free service!


Just copy & paste this link:   http://www.hivetracks.com


Hive Tracks is a powerful web based application in keeping records


on hives, queens, weather, inspections, feedings, medications, etc.


Use an internet
device (desktop, laptop, tablet, or smart phone).



  

 
Valley Bee Supply, Inc.
46 Tinkling Spring Rd.
Fishersville, VA 22939

(540) 941- 8127
Toll Free 1-866-220-0198
Fax (540) 941-2466


Email@ValleyBeeSupply.com

Store Hours:
Monday - Friday:  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m (closed just on Saturday during winter)
Saturdays - CLOSED September 1st - March 1 (or as posted)
Sundays and Major Holidays - Closed
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