Finding local bees is always hard if you wait too long to start looking. Most of the local beekeepers that sell nucs are usually booked up by this time of year. I’ve got four packages of bees ordered from south Georgia that should ship around May 17, but I really wanted to find a few local nucs that I can pick up. So today I went to the Russian Honey Bee Breeders Association members page and sent emails to all the breeders listed in Mississippi. Two of them replied that they still had some nucs available that would be ready for pick up toward the middle or end of April. Great news! I’ve now got five nucs booked. I’m really excited to get back into beekeeping.
In the morning I’m going to go check my nine swarm traps, aka bait hives, that I placed a few weeks ago. I’ve been getting a lot of reports on social media that several beekeepers in my area have caught multiple swarms already. I’ll report back here, with pictures.