Frequently Asked Questions
Following are some of the most common questions our customers ask. You can either click on the linked question below to go directly to the answer you need or simply scroll through the list of questions and answers. If you have a question that is not answered here, please let us know.
What's the best way to reach you?
1. Are the queens you sell local queens?
1. Will my queen be mated?
3. I just bought a queen and she is marked. What does the marking represent?
4. How can I know if the old queen is really gone before I install the new queen?
5. How do I install the new queen in the hive?
6. How soon once she's been installed should I check on my new queen?
7. How do I know if the colony have accepted my new queen?
1. How do I install my packaged bees?
2. What if the bees abscond?
1. Is your honey organic?
2. Is your honey pasteurized?
1. Do you take credit cards?
Questions and Answers
What's the best way to reach you? It works best if you email us at TatesApiaries@yahoo.com because we always check and answer emails at the end of every day and we'll also have a record of your correspondence. If you don't have email available to you, please call but understand that it may take some time to connect with you. Also, if you do call, please call the main number at (336) 972-3583 first.1. Are the queens you sell local queens? Right now we are only selling queens in early spring and they come from Southern Georgia. To find a local queen seller, check the NC Department of Agriculture current permit to sell bees
2. Will my queen be mated? Yes, queens coming from Southern Georgia are mated.
3. I just bought a queen and she is marked. What does the marking represent? It is common practice to mark the queen with a small spot of paint on her back (thorax). A color code exists within the beekeeping industry to indicate the year the queen was introduced. For example: Years ending in 1 or 6 are white or gray, years ending in 2 or 7 are yellow, and so on for red, green, and blue. Marking also helps to more easily identify the queen in the hive.
4. How can I know if the old queen is really gone before I install the new queen? There will be no eggs and possibly no brood. Bees will be louder than usual and running. "Roaring like a river" is the old saying.
5. How do I install the new queen in the hive? Pull the plug on the candy end of the queen cage and place the cage between 2 frames in the center of the hive or close to capped brood if any.
6. How soon once she's been installed should I check on my new queen? Wait 3 or 4 days to give the bees time to eat through the candy. If candy is still plugging the hole, use a toothpick to punch a hole, return cage to the original position, and let her emerge on her own. If she has been released, you should close the hive and give her time to establish a laying pattern. In a week, check the frames.
7. How do I know if the colony have accepted my new queen? The queen will be laying eggs and the bees will be calm.
1. How do I install my packaged bees? Take the top off the package and remove the can of sugar water and the queen cage. Place top back on package and take your time to remove the cork in the candy end of the queen cage. Install queen cage between 2 frames making sure the screen is where bees can feed the queen. Gently tap the package to shake the bees to the bottom. Remove the top of the package and shake the bees into the hive. Put the top back on the hive. There will be bees still in the package, so lay the package in front of the hive entrance and they should go in. Leave the hive alone for 3 or 4 days.
2. What if the bees abscond? This is unfortunate and part of beekeeping.
1. Is your honey organic? No, but it is all natural and not heated.
2. Is your honey pasteurized? No, our honey is not pasteurized. It's extracted, strained, and jarred at our honey house.
1. Do you take credit cards? We don't take credit cards at this time.