2017 Nuc’s and Packages Supplier Recommendations

Always Summer Herbs
PA survivor stock bees in 5 frame medium Nucs.
PA survivor stock crossed with Purdue “Leg Chewers” – $170
PA survivor stock crossed with Ontario Buckfast hybrids – $160
Pick up will be in Slippery Rock, PA in May
Click Here to order online or for additional information.

Bedillion Honey Farm
Italian Queen 3 lb. packages – $120 with marked queens.
Local Northern Nucs
4 frame deep nucs – $145.
5 frame deep nucs – $165.
5 frame medium nucs – $165.
Nucs will be in cardboard or plastic boxes.
Pick up will be in Hickory, PA in late May or early June.
Click Here to order online or for additional information.

Meadow Sweet Apiaries
Italian/Carniolan open mated Queens in 5 frame deep Nucs – $155.
Nucs will be in cardboard or wooden Nuc boxes with no box returns or frame exchanges.
Pick up will be in Sewickley, PA- around April 15
Click Here for additional information and to download an order form.
Contact Steve via email (preferred) at meadowsweetbees@gmail.com or phone 412.445.7872 if you have questions.

Tom Johnson
Italian Queen 3 lb. packages – $106 with unmarked queen / $110 with marked queen. Pick-up date set at April 9, 2017.
Russian Queen 3 lb. packages – $109 with unmarked queen / $113 with marked queen. Pick up date to be announced.
Call 724-728-6826 or 724-312-7584 to order.
Pick up packages at either:
Tom Johnson’s, 307 Valley Drive, Rochester, PA15074 or
Country Barn Farm, 1246 Saxonburg, Blvd., Glenshaw, PA15116

By |February 13th, 2017|Apiary, FrontPage|Comments Off|

KingView Meadery gives back to the bees

KingView Mead, a new small producer in Pleasant Hills, has launched its business, as well as a crowdfunding effort to boost it, while promising to give 10 percent of all sales as well as of donations to beekeepers, in the form of new hives and other equipment and bees. The beekeepers, from this region and beyond, don’t even need to be one of the meadery’s suppliers. They just need to sign up for the raffles.

Click Here for Upcoming KingView Tastings

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By |July 26th, 2016|FrontPage|Comments Off|

2016 Open Apiary Days

Would you like to learn more about honeybees and beekeeping?  Are you curious about seeing the inside of a beehive?  Then come to our monthly Open Apiary.  You will be given a guided tour of the inside of a beehive by an actual beekeeper. Our apiary tours are held at our Community Apiary in the Homewood Neighborhood of Pittsburgh. 6933 Susquehanna St., Pittsburgh, 15208

Protective head gear will be provided.  Please wear or bring long a long sleeved shirt, preferably with a collar, and long pants (no Capris or shorts please!)  Also, closed toed shoes such as sneakers are recommended.  Honeybees are gentle but we want to keep as covered up as possible.

A donation of $10 per person is appreciated.

Open Apiaries are limited to 15 people so please register early.  RSVP by email to Lynnetta Miller (lynnettam@burghbees.com) by 5pm on the Friday before the scheduled Open Apiary.

The tentative schedule is below.  Actual dates will be determined by weather and will be posted in the events section on our website.  Events will start at 11am (gates close at 11:15am – no late arrivals are permitted. Please allow 2 hours for the event.

Saturday April 30 (11am)
Sunday, May 22 (11am)
Sunday, June 19 (11am) – Father’s Day
Sunday, July 24 (11am)
Sunday, August 21 (11am)
Sunday, September 18 (11am)

We have also partnered with Penn State’s Master Gardener Program.  We will have students from the Master Gardener program on hand to discuss pollination and pollinator friendly gardens.


By |April 1st, 2016|FrontPage, Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Get your Bees Nucs & Packages

Bedillion Honey Farm
Mark Bedillion, Hickory
3# package $115 regular price/$110 for Burgh Bees Member
Available end of April. Date TBD.
5 frame Nuc local survivor stock $160 regular price/$150 for Burgh Bees members
Available May/June
724-747-4645 or email route18farm@hotmail.com

Meadow Sweet Apiaries
Steve Repasky, Pittsburgh
5 Frame Florida Nuc w/freshly mated northern stock queen, 2 fr. brood, 2 honey, and 1 brood/honey/or foundation. Standard deep frames in a cardboard Nuc box. No frame exchange. All sales are final after loading.
Cost $155
Available April 9th. Subject to change.
Call 412-445-7872 or email meadowsweetbees@gmail.com

Tom Johnson, Rochester
Packages are from Georgia
3# Package w/marked Italian queen cost $102
3# Package w/marked Russian queen cost $105
April pick up date TBD
Call 724-312-7584 (cell) or 724-728-6826 (home) or email tomandnay307@comcast.net

By |March 2nd, 2016|FrontPage|Comments Off|

The Benefits of Propolis

Our President, Steve Repasky, has recently talked about the changing perception of propolis in the hive and referred to research done by Marla Spivak, PhD. I wanted to pass these thoughts on for your consideration. We all know that propolis is the sticky resin bees use to glue everything in our hives together and that it is highly antimicrobial meaning it is antibacterial, antifungal, and even antiviral. Most of us work hard to scrape it out of our hives. The research in the article linked below, indicates that we should probably be encouraging our bees to line the inside of our hives with propolis as they do in tree cavities where they nest. To facilitate this you can rough up the inside of your hive bodies with very coarse sandpaper encouraging the bees to cover them with propolis. This is not a silver bullet for our problems, but may be one more tool to improve the health of our bees. To read the full article,click here.

By |March 2nd, 2016|FrontPage|Comments Off|

US National Beekeeper Survey

While there are very succinct colony loss and honey production surveys each year, there hasn’t been a comprehensive “beekeeper” survey since 2007. With the popularity of beekeeping on the rise, no one can argue with the fact that the beekeeper demographic has changed in the last decade. As educators, researchers, and individuals making up an industry, we should know who we are. Moving forward, having a grasp on census data of the industry will help us to know where, who, and how to reach out for better policy making, research, issue advocacy, continuing education, etc.

Through this brief questionnaire we are hoping to gain a better understanding of current beekeeper demographics. We aim to provide current statistics to the beekeeping industry, beekeepers, and also better focus our education, outreach, and networking efforts in the beekeeping community. Your information is completely anonymous. Data will be analyzed by the Bee Girl organization’s Executive Director, Sarah Red-Laird, and Scientific Adviser, Scott Debnam, and published on www.beegirl.org This survey will close on March 18th, 2016.

Click here to complete survey:

By |March 2nd, 2016|FrontPage, Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Dr. Connor Special Engagement (Feb 9th)

Special Event Announcement
Dr. Larry Connor is coming to give a presentation

Title: The Sustainable Backyard Apiary
Attendance: There is no cost to attend this event and it is open to ALL beekeepers.
Date: Tuesday, February 9th
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Penn State Center Pittsburgh
1435 Bedford Ave, Suite A
Pittsburgh PA 15219

The presentation will cover the objectives of setting up and maintaining an apiary for the long term, with particular emphasis on establishing and maintaining a good mite control program. With Varroa mites being the biggest threat to our bees this presentation should be of interest to both new and experienced beekeepers.
Seating is limited to 60 people, so please register by clicking http://burghbees.com/?product=special-event-with-dr-connor

Dr. Connor will have a selection of his books available for purchase the evening of the event.

From the front door of the facility, take the elevator or stairs to level A and at the end of the mezzanine walkway you will enter through double doors into The Penn State Center Pittsburgh. There is a large free parking lot at this facility with plenty of parking right outside the front door.

Dr. Connor’s Bio:
Lawrence Connor was born in Kalamazoo Michigan and earned his doctorate in honey-bee pollination of crops at Michigan State University. He has worked as Extension Bee Specialist at The Ohio State University, President of Genetic Systems, Inc. (which produced tens of thousands of instrumentally inseminated queens honey bees as well as the Starline and Midnite breeding stock), and now owns and operates Wicwas Press, specializing in publication of quality bee books. He relocated (from Connecticut) back to Michigan in April 2007 to continue growth of his publishing and writing [...]

By |January 28th, 2016|FrontPage|Comments Off|

BK 101W – Beekeeping 101 in the Apiary

Beekeeping 101 in the Apiary
Saturday, May 9th 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Homewood Apiary 6900 Block Susquehanna St
This field-based workshop will focus on techniques of how to do a complete hive inspection, identification of all stages of brood, castes of bees, proper handling of frames, and other related topics.
Cost: $10 for Burgh Bees members or $20 for non-members
Prerequisites: BK101 or currently managing hives

By |April 15th, 2015|Apiary, FrontPage|Comments Off|

Bee Keeping 101 – Starts Monday, January 13th

This three evening classroom-based course offers beginning beekeepers an introduction to honey bee biology and basic approaches to beekeeping. The course will include: an overview of honey bee castes and races, a discussion of bee biology in order to understand the challenges facing honey bees, and an overview of the basic equipment necessary for successful beekeeping. The goal is for students to learn how to keep bees for the first year.

The three classes will be held on: Monday January 13th, Wednesday January 15th and Monday January 20th 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Where: Penn State Extension of Allegheny County, 400 N Lexington St, 3rd Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Registration will be available on our new website. Space is limited. REGISTER HERE (http://burghbees.com/?product=beekeeping-101)

By |October 23rd, 2013|FrontPage, Highlight|Comments Off|