Well, obviously (!), a businessman who is so disorganised he can't correct a fraudulently misleading website, who doesn't care about the needs of his customers, who *still* misleads potential customers about his bees in his forum posts, and who is unnecessarily insulting!What is worse in beekeping business than more clever customers!
You complain that you don't know how to update your website and that is why you still give the impression that your bees are home raised. But ... on another forum just eight days ago you said (you added the bold, not me):As far as what forage the bees are being sent to has nothing to do with me. I just provide live bees to my costumers the bees can forage off the fence post for all I know.
Your post was sufficient to deceive an enthusiast for top bar hives and local bees to spread the word about your new package bees, until he came to realise the truth of the situation.Hi Norm thanks for the reply all the bees are produced in the UK .
The package boxes or swarms boxs are specially made coloured blue to hold 3 ? pound of bees plus litre [email protected] ?95.50 each, plus?15 delivery crate which is refundable within 4 weeks.
Photos will be following.
5 Swarms box?s are secured in a crate for transporting and stacked 3 high on a pallet = 45 swarms on each pallet.
Minimum order is 5 swarms delivered ?550
We will have 200 ready for April.
After that remains to be seen?
Hope I have explained myself correctly!
All the best mike
Let's hope so. There seems to be a huge demand which can only be a good thing in spite of the short term challenge of many inexperienced beekeepers around. It would be great if there was a plentiful supply of home-grown nucs locally throughout the country. However, Mike certainly fills a gap for those keen newcomers who can't wait for painfully slow BKA's to get their act together. 10 years ago I bought my first bees from Mike because all I got from my BKA was "look in Bee Craft". 10 years later things are improving and we are now supplying (and training) most beginners. But the fact remains there are many of us out there who would not have become beekeepers without Mike. It wasn't an ideal introduction for me - the bees were vigorous and stingers and they swarmed, it was sink or swim, and I swam. The onus is really on local suppliers and BKA's to come up with good viable alternatives and promote them effectively. Until then it's no good complaining really.Here's hoping that the current vigorous state of many beekeeper's stocks and the high prices charged for nucs means that the market will be awash with locally produced nucs this summer!
Absolutely agree with you there Chris.The onus is really on local suppliers and BKA's to come up with good viable alternatives and promote them effectively.
I think that it is right to point out to people the general problems that may come from importing queens, but my main complaint here is the 'rogue trader' element and the unnecessary rudeness.Until then it's no good complaining really.