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Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by w_baker76, Mar 21, 2014.
Just wondering if anybody could tell me about any experience buying from R Weaver.
the operation is named after Richard Weaver and is operated by his son Clint. I personally prefer the kind of product offered by BeeWeaver.
I started with Rweaver bees three years ago. They have done well for a beginner in a drought ridden area, but like Tecumseh I would go with BeeWeaver at this times. His bees are mite resistant and good honey producers.
Go with Bweaver. I haven't ordered a package for a couple of years but the last one I got from Rweaver arrived with small hive beetles in the package.
My first packages last year, one from RWeaver and one from BWeaver.....had to requeen BWeaver because the queen died; they were very helpful and sent a new queen free of charge, but had to eventually requeen again with a local queen, the BWeaver queen was too aggressive! RWeaver Buckfast are the best! This hive produced so much honey I had to extract, and this was a new package. We got into the hives yesterday and RWeaver Buckfast bees were true to their nature; did not use much of their stored honey, we're not really interested in the pollen pattie and sugar board. The hive had plenty of seemingly healthy bees. I did have to treat for mites at the end of the summer...I would buy from them again.
I bought 2 packages in 2010 from BWeaver's Buckfast line.
The bees once settled in were mean'ern who thought it.
After a couple of years they've settled down but man were those gals aggressive.
I would smoke the entrance then under the top.
As soon as the top was opened here they'd come.
My suit would have around 400 or so stingers in it in a very short time.
They did produce honey but man those gals had 3 attitudes.
My first bees were the same. I was told AHB are in that area and probably did a little mating with the Queen. Once they were requeened with an Italian from Walter Kelly they were pleasant to be around. When I buy bees now I buy from up north.