NEW: Get FREE shipping on orders over $150 or Pick up your order at one of our locations for 10% off!

Connecting Bees and Their Keepers

$0.00 0
Cart

No products in the cart.

$0.00 0
Cart

No products in the cart.

The Beeline – June 1, 2024

Early Season Feeding

I promised in the last post to take up the mite issue in this one.

However, I realize I threw something up in the air in the last two posts that I did not bring down.  Just what about feeding in the early part of the year?

We tend to think that we need to feed an animal when it is hungry.  We feed the cats, and the cows, and the dogs, and the gerbils routinely because if we don’t they will starve.  If there is feed available to them in their dish or trough we consider them fed and if they don’t eat, we assume they are sick.

It’s a bit different with bees.  True, if they have honey in their comb or in their feeder and they are eating, they will not starve.  And if they are not eating, they are probably sick.  But availability of feed for bees is not a guarantee that all is well.  As we looked at in the last two posts, for a colony of bees to be well, they need to be brooding (queen must be actively laying eggs).  To be brooding there must be stimulation.  And stimulation only comes by a natural nectar source from wild flowers or an artificial feed source provided by their keeper—you!

So, I say again, just because there is a lot of honey in the hive does not mean all is well. 

In late summer and fall, feeding is fairly simple—put the feeder in (or on) the hive, pour in the syrup, close it up, repeat in a week until they quit taking the feed.

In the spring and early summer there are some factors to keep in mind.

1. You don’t want to contaminate your honey with the syrup that you feed.

Sugar syrup (or high fructose) will not be made into honey.  It is already a complex sugar and even though you might have it thinned down, it will not be chemically changed by what the bees do with it.  Natural nectar is different.  In the gathering and storing processes they add enzymes to it that chemically change it from a simple sugar (that will quickly go bad) to a stable complex sugar that normally can keep indefinitely.  So, what this means for feeding is that you don’t want to feed when there is honey on the hive that you want to take for yourself.

2. There is no point in feeding when there is a honey flow on.

And how do you know?  If honey-producing flowers are blooming in sufficient amounts and secreting nectar and the weather is warm enough and fair enough, most likely the bees will be bringing in nectar.  Let me expand: not all blooming flowers are flowers that bees visit like tulips and roses.  Also, a few bee flowers in your flower beds are not enough.  It takes several trees or acres of flowers to be truly productive.  And, bees don’t fly in temperatures less than 55 degrees or in rainy conditions.  One more: some species of plants like black locust do not secrete nectar within a few days of rain.  If you really want to know if there is a honey flow on, open the hive, find a frame of uncapped cells that have liquid in it and shake it over the hive.  If nothing shakes out, there is no flow.  If it does, smile!  Bees are happy and you do not need to feed.

3. You do have some time.

If the nectar flow ceases today (for whatever reason) creating a dearth, you will not have dead bees tomorrow.  Nor will the queen shut down (the most important matter).  Don’t panic. You have at least a week, maybe more.

4. But don’t be caught off guard.

While you have some time, you must be alert.  Think about the weather and the flowers and the temperature and, of course, the bees.  With all our 101 things that scream for our attention, don’t forget to think about what is going on outside your window.  Shut that out and you will have a crises on your hands—sooner than you think.  That’s when you won’t have time.  Stay connected with those bees.

We have a lot of people concerned about feeding in the spring.  I’d like to say that you don’t need to because there are plenty of flowers.  But as soon as I say it isn’t much to be concerned about, we’ll have a streak of cool, cloudy, rainy weather and the bees are in peril.  Or we will be caught off guard and find that the flowers we thought were there aren’t yielding any nectar.  It’s not very simple, and yet with an understanding of the background principles and factors it’s not rocket science.  Just use some common sense.  Really that is part of the fun!

Mites next time. I promise. Again.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Sign up for Beeline News!

    Select the categories you'd like to recieve.

    Sign up for Beeline News!

    Select the categories you'd like to recieve.

    © 2024 Beeline Apiaries & Woodenware. All rights reserved. Site by ZIMMERMAN

    Willy

    Customer Service

    Willy Martin

    CUSTOMER SERVICE
    You never know what lies ahead. That’s what Willy can say. Working in the livestock industry for years, beekeeping never crossed his mind as an interest or an occupation. But when his friends at Beeline gave him the opportunity to join their office team in March of 2022, he found both a new occupation and a new hobby. He quickly spent time educating himself about bees and beekeeping, both by personal experience with his own bees and from other’s knowledge. He loves to satisfy customers every day, and to talk about bees and learn from other beekeepers. Give him a call; he’s happy to help!
    A beekeeper looks out across the meadow as he looks for prime locations for his hives.

    Owner & Manager of Beeline of Washington

    Harold Weaver

    OWNER & MANAGER (WASHINGTON)
    In the woodlands of western Washington, Harold excels in paying attention to all the details that bring success to his business. He especially enjoys satisfying his customers with quality products and excellent customer service. After building houses with his father, and then teaching school, painting houses and building chairs over the years, his interest in beehive manufacturing started in 2012 along with a friend. As he pursued that, he became fascinated with bees and now enjoys sharing beekeeping tips with customers who need it. He is thankful for his children’s help, especially his son Virgil who helps him with production, assembly and customer care, and his daughters who lend a hand in production and assembly. As a small family business, the Weavers seek to serve their beekeeping community and beyond to the best of their ability, for the Lord!
    Genuine

    Frame Assembly Specialist

    Genuine Showalter

    FRAME ASSEMBLY SPECIALIST
    Like an engine behind the train cars, Genuine brings up the rear in the Showalter family with energy and spark. Still climbing the ladder of responsibility on the production floor, he handles almost every assembled frame that goes out our door. He is eager to do anything to help the business grow and succeed. And sometimes he even has a great idea to contribute to the daily discussions!
    Benevolent

    Raw Material Manager

    Benevolent Showalter

    RAW MATERIAL MANAGER
    When Benevolent joined the family as a 9 pounder, his father said, “Before long, he’ll be ready to run boards through the saw.” And that’s exactly what happened. Pitching in with various work projects growing up, and then managing top bar production for several years, Ben is now in charge of the raw material cutting, including CNC router operation. And when he’s not working with lumber, he’s advancing his electrical and designing skills, building smoker bellows, or inventing improvements to products and processes.
    Loyal

    Plant Technician

    Loyal Showalter

    PLANT TECHNICIAN
    Before he learned to read, Loyal learned about bee stings and sawdust. Both take endurance, and he joined his family wholeheartedly in seeing projects to their end, no matter how dusty, how technical, or how monotonous it may be. Now between managing box production and troubleshooting or installing electrical machine controls, Loyal is the dependable technician on the floor. And of course, he especially enjoys firing up a control panel and watching a new automated machine operate smoothly after the bugs have been worked out.
    Victoria

    Shipping Manager

    Victoria Showalter

    SHIPPING MANAGER
    Puzzles. That’s what Victoria gets to do every day, making sure each unique order is packed neatly and safely into a box or onto a pallet before entrusting them to the shipping carrier. It’s hard to beat the satisfaction of watching another truck pull away with a load of hard work, knowing the customer at the other end will be happy! She also enjoys sending a customer out of the store with a smile, cheerfully answering their questions or assisting with other clerical duties. Most of all, she desires to advance God’s Kingdom on earth through her work.
    Sterling

    Manager / Commercial Sales

    Sterling Showalter

    MANAGER / COMMERCIAL SALES
    As a 3-year-old, Sterling didn’t like to play because he knew he would only need to put away his toys again. He wanted to accomplish something practical! That same drive for efficiency and success has steered his way to careful and aggressive business management today. As his father’s right-hand helper in the bee yard and shop since childhood, he learned the trade inside and out. And now, from cost analysis to machine engineering, Sterling strives to keep the gears oiled and finds satisfaction knowing a quality product has reached the hands of a happy customer.
    Gabriella

    Office Administrator

    Gabriella Showalter

    OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
    Growing up a beekeeper’s daughter, helping throughout the shop over the years and joining the office team at a young age has added breadth to Gabriella’s expertise today. She enjoys bringing order and beauty into her complex responsibilities, including accounting solutions, tax regulations, company paperwork, customer service, cost analytics, marketing strategies, graphic design or relationships with all people she comes in contact with. She still plays with some hives, but her favorite thing to do is to watch God create order and beauty from lives that allow Him to.
    Jonathon

    President & Engineer

    Jonathan Showalter

    PRESIDENT & ENGINEER
    As a young boy, when Jonathan helped his uncle in the bee yard and nailed frames together by hand, he never dreamed he would own a full-scale beehive manufacturing company today! After Jonathan taught school for 14 years, he decided he needed to spend more time with his own children than with other’s children. He bought more bees and put his inventive mind to work building automated machines to produce woodenware. His perseverance to follow through with most of anything he envisioned, including passing his strong faith in God on to his children, has become a pillar in the business and in his family. Now as his sons begin to take over the management, he enjoys the fruits from his labors, and continues to fabricate machines, manage our wood pellet production, keep bees, and seek solutions to the daily problems that arise.

    Beeline Terms and Conditions for Website

    Updated 4/3/24

     

    Ordering & Payment Information

    Product Pricing

    Our products are priced for material, labor, overhead, and profitability. On our website, all product prices include a percentage to cover shipping costs in order to provide “free shipping” on most orders over $150. In our catalog, we do not bury the shipping expense in our product prices, and shipping costs are passed on in addition to the product costs. Due to fluctuating raw material costs, prices are subject to change without notice.

    Payment Methods and Terms

    Online checkouts accept all major credit cards through Stripe. A printable order form is also available. For mail-in or phone orders we accept US currency cash, money order, checks drawn from a US bank, or Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express cards. Please make checks payable to “Beeline.”

    PRINTABLE ORDER FORM LINK

     

    For mail-in and phone orders up to $500, we expect full payment before shipping. Over $500 we require 50% down payment before shipping, with the balance due within 30 days of the invoice date. After 30 days from the invoice date, the bill will be subject to a finance charge of 1.5% per month.

    A fee of $25 will be charged for returned checks.

    If an overpayment was made, we can either refund you or credit your account.

    State Sales Tax

    We are required to collect sales tax in the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Washington. If you are exempt from sales tax, we are required to file a signed tax exemption certificate. Please call or email us for that form.

    Turn Around Time

    Orders will be processed as quickly as possible. We will try our best to fulfill online orders within 2 business days and will notify you of any delays. Orders received after 12 noon will not be processed until the following business day. Skid-sized orders over 200 pounds may require up to a week or more, especially at peak season, which is generally January through June. Order early to ensure timely delivery.

    Backorders

    If your order contains out-of-stock items, we will contact you by phone or email with several options. We can ship your order without the backordered item and send the backordered item(s) separately, with additional shipping and handling charges. We can hold your order until the backordered product is available. Or you may choose to cancel that part of your order. We also have the option of filling your order in part or entirely from one of our other branches.

    Limitations / Liabilities

    We will be liable only for the purchase price which customers have paid for an item. We do not offer warranties, either expressed or implied, for products which we do not manufacture. Customer purchases glassware and wax foundation at their own risk. We cannot offer refunds on or exchanges for the following; Beeswax Foundation, Medication, Containers and Glassware or Bee Food. See shipping policy for further information for damaged and returned items.

    Publishing Errors

    We reserve the right to correct or adjust any price or product due to photographical or typographical errors.

    ­­

    Shipping Policy

     

    Shipping Range

    We ship online orders to all 50 states of the USA from the appropriate branch. Canadian customers may place orders by phone or email. We do not ship outside of the USA and Canada.

    Free Shipping

    On our website only, Free Shipping applies to most orders over $150 to the USA.

     

    Pick Up Orders

    Orders can be picked up at the nearest branch within store hours or by appointment. All orders picked up at a Beeline Branch receive a 10% discount from the website prices.

    Michigan

    Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 P.M., EDT. We are closed for most major holidays.

    Address: 20960 M-60, Mendon, MI 49072

    Email: sales@beelinewoodenware.com

    Phone: 269-496-7001

    Washington

    Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., PDT, Saturday pickup by appointment only. Hours are subject to change August through December. We are closed for most major holidays.

    Address: 19019 Moon Road SW, Rochester, WA 98579

    Email: beelineofwa@norcell.us

    Phone: 360-280-5274

     

    Shipping Charges

    For online orders, all shipping costs are covered with product costs, providing “free shipping” for most orders over $150.  For all orders under $150, and for all phone and mail-in orders, shipping and handling will be calculated and charged at checkout based on weight and zone from our nearest branch.

    For pallet-sized orders placed by phone, email or mail, all freight costs will be calculated with LTL carriers, either directly with the LTL carrier or through an LTL broker, to find the best price. Miscellaneous additional shipping charges may occur for the following reasons:

    • LTL Lift Gate—$100
    • Limited Access Delivery Fee $100-200
    • Farm Delivery Fee $50 -100.00
    • Address Correction $14.00
    • Corrected Invoice Fee $10.00
    • Fuel surcharge subject to changes without notice

     

    Shipping Estimates

    When providing a shipping estimate for small or large orders, we will do our best to accurately calculate. However, in some situations, the shipping costs can change. If the cost increases significantly from the cost you were originally quoted for the same product, we will contact you before shipping.

     

    Returned Merchandise / Damaged Items / Shipping Errors

    We must approve any items you wish to return. Please call the branch from which your order was shipped for verification. The product must be in as good a condition as you purchased it. Products must be returned to the original branch and must include the invoice number. Return shipping must be arranged through FedEx or UPS or delivered to your local Branch.

    For all returned merchandise that was shipped accurately but is no longer wanted, the return shipping cost must be the customer’s expense. For all replacements for damaged items, or mistake corrections, return shipping costs will be covered by Beeline.  No returns or exchanges may be made on Beeswax Foundation, Medication, Containers, Glassware or Bee Food.

    All products shipped from our facilities are shipped F.O.B. and become the customer’s responsibility.

    Missing Parts

    With the best of efforts in our stock-picking, we can still miss parts. Please check all orders immediately. If something is missing, contact us within 10 days of the invoice date or we cannot be responsible for errors or discrepancies.

    Have More Questions?

    We know some things can feel big and overwhelming, and we wanted to let you know

    We're here to to help you.

    Welcome to Beeline's Privacy Policy Page

     

    About Beeline

    Beeline Apiaries and Woodenware, LLC, is a limited liability company registered in the State of Michigan. We along with our manufacturing partner, Beeline of Washington, are intent on providing our customers with a safe and happy experience. 

    Our website address is www.beelinewoodenware.com.

    Should you need to Contact Beeline Apiaries and Woodenware, LLC, you may do so in one of the following ways:

           E-mail: sales@beelinewoodenware.com

           Call: 1-269-496-7001; 

           Website Contact Form: www.beelinewoodenware.com/contact

           Send mail to: 

           Beeline Apiaries and Woodenware, LLC

           20960 M-60 Mendon, MI 49072

     

    Contact forms

    When you send us a message using our contact form, you agree to provide us with your name, business name, email address, phone number and other personally identifying information including IP address. We only use that contact information to respond to your inquiry.

    We use Google reCAPTCHA on this site. reCAPTCHA collects personal information from users to make the determination of whether they are human and not a bot to prevent SPAM. The reCAPTCHA algorithm checks to see if there is a Google cookie placed on the computer being used. An additional reCAPTCHA cookie will then be added to the user’s browser.

    You can read Google’s terms and privacy for more information.

    User Registration

    For users that register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit or delete their personal information at any time, except they cannot change their username. Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

    Cookies

    If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

    When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me,” your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

    Analytics

    We use Google Analytics on this site. Google Analytics gathers data about you as our visitor. It records what website you came from to get here, how long you stay, what pages you visit, what kind of browser you are using, and a lot more technical data, including your computer’s IP address. The tracking information helps us to understand what attracts people to this site and what they read. This helps us make good decisions about the design and content for this site. Occasionally we aggregate statistics about the visitors to this site. No personally identifying data is included in this type of reporting. We respect the bounds of the Google Analytics Terms of Service. If you prefer to avoid this tracking, you can opt out of Google’s advertising tracking cookie or use a browser plugin to opt out of all Google Analytics tracking software.

    Our Partners

    Our website is hosted by Digital Ocean in their New York City (NY) datacenter. They do not retain personal data that is stored on our site or sent through contact forms.

    Zimmerman Design serves as webmaster for our site, and their staff has agreed to be bound by the terms of this policy.

    Stripe processes credit cards using a tokenized process that does not store your credit card information on our website. You may opt to save payment information in your user account, but there is no way for your card information to be stolen from our website.

    Additional Information

    Data Protection

    Communication between our site and your computer or mobile device is encrypted using a secure certificate.

    Security updates to our website are automatically installed, with daily updates checked by our webmaster.

    Data Breaches

    If our website is breached by a third party, we will disclose to all users with accounts on this website the nature and extent of the breach, including any personally information that may have been compromised.

    Changes to this Policy

    This Privacy Policy is effective as of April 3, 2024. This Policy may be amended without prior notice. We encourage you to review this policy regularly to ensure you agree with the terms of ongoing use.

    Have More Questions?

    We know some things can feel big and overwhelming, and we wanted to let you know

    We're here to to help you.

    Become a Beeline Dealer

    Who can be a Beeline Dealer? Anyone who meets our requirements – sideliners, commercial beekeepers, hobbyists, dealers of other manufacturer’s equipment, the retired, or anyone who is looking for a sideline or full-time occupation and a bit of income. Dealerships can be temporary (one time order for one year) or more permanent (standing yearly dealership status). Each comes under the same policy.
    That policy is fairly simple. Our dealer program is separated into three levels: Drone Level, Worker Level, and Queen Level. Here is a chart summarizing the requirements and benefits of the 3-Bee Program.
    Requirements and Benefits

    Discover the right plan for you

    Drone Dealer
    $ 8,000
    /year purchase minimum
    • 20% Woodenware and protective clothing discount.
    • 10% Resale Items discount.
    • New dealer's initial order must exceed $2,500.
    • Protection Status
    Get Started Today
    Worker Dealer
    $ 15,000
    /year purchase minimum
    • 25% Woodenware and protective clothing discount.
    • 10% Resale Items discount.
    • Minimum of 60 miles between dealer locations.
    • New dealer's initial order must exceed $5,000.
    Get Started Today
    Queen Dealer
    $ 30,000
    /year purchase minimum
    • 30% off Woodenware and protective clothing when order total exceeds $10K.
    • 25% off Woodenware and protective clothing when order totals are under $10K.
    • 15% off Resale Items.
    • Minimum of 80 miles between dealer locations.
    • New dealer's initial order must exceed $10,000.
    Get Started Today
    • All shipping costs will be passed on.
    • 50% deposit within 2 weeks of order date to secure pricing and production.
    • Balance due within 30 days from ship/invoice date.

    Interested in becoming a Beeline Dealer?

    Call or email the branch nearest you to determine location eligibility. Visit our Locate a Dealer page to view a map of current Beeline dealers. If you are outside of 60 or 80 miles of an existing, protected Beeline dealer, you are likely eligible. Your nearest branch will be able to tell you if your nearest Beeline dealer is protected or not. If you are eligible, read our policy here thoroughly before deciding which level you would like to enter. Once decided, fill out the application form found in the policy document, and submit to your nearest branch. As soon as they accept your application, you are free to place your initial order. The total of this initial order will determine which level you are entering, and which discounts you receive.

    To maintain your level, your total invoiced sales within 12 months (or if you have begun mid-season, we extrapolate your total based on your total sales in that time period) must exceed the Annual Total in the chart above. To move to the next higher level, your total invoiced sales to date must exceed the Annual Total of the higher level. For example, if you are a Worker Level Dealer, and wish to become a Queen Level Dealer, your total invoiced sales to date must exceed $30,000, to become a Queen dealer. This can happen anytime within the 12-month period. 

    Not able to reach the Drone Level, but still want to buy and resell? Sure! We will give you quantity pricing and you can resell as much as you want! 

    Please remember, all dealer discounts are taken off our low-volume pricing. Catalog quantities and discounts are disregarded. This pricing is usually the same as our catalog pricing, unless prices have changed mid-year. 

    Every year on November 1st, we will assess your dealership level, based on your total invoiced sales to date, and determine which level you will be in for the next year. 

    Read about pricing, advertising, production, shipping, placing orders, and dealership perks in our policy here.

    We also strongly recommend associations, clubs, bee schools, etc. to pool their order for a “dealership” status. A primary objective of our dealership network is to cut shipping costs for the end customer, so any of these “dealership” methods helps everyone. Can you or someone you know fill a spot in our Dealership Map? 

    Sign up for Beeline News!

    Select the categories you'd like to recieve.

    Commercial Beekeepers

    You can Request a Free Sample!

    Please fill out the form below to request a free sample of a Beeline box and frame.
    1
    Select Sample Options
    2
    Shipping Info