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Bee Smart Designs Cover/Hive-Top Feeder Combo

Good news for club members, I have decided to reduce the price on the Cover/Hive-Top Feeder Systems to $30.00 to help club members and to make the transactions easier; less dealing with change. This new lower price reflects a substantial savings for club members and reflects my appreciation for club members that have helped me develop and test my products. Please pass this Reduced Price notice to members. I expect to bring about 36 units to the meeting and can take orders for more if I run short or if members want to order other products; see attached price list used last year.

Bee Smart Designs is proud to introduce its Ultimate Hive-Top Feeder System and offer Long Island Bee Club members special pricing for units bought at the next club meeting on March 22, 2015. Each Ultimate Hive-Top Feeder System includes both our Ultimate Hive Cover (8-frame or 10-frame) with the 1” hole pre-drilled along with our Hive-Top Feeder that includes the plug for when the feeder is not in use. This ‘Ready 2 Use’ combination product is designed for people that want to feed quickly and easily without opening the hive or disturbing the bees or creating a robbing situation. It is perfect for feeding packages after the queen is released, for splits and nuc’s as well as queen rearing, plus it works great with feeding stimulants and supplements; it is even recommended by Honey-B-Healthy.
The Special Long Island Bee Club price is only $35.00 each, which represents a savings of $11.00 over buying these 2 items separately, plus we drill the hole, so that they are ‘Ready 2 Use’ after screwing in the Twist Lock hold-downs.
This is by far the simplest and easiest feeder to use, the nipple on the blue cap fits into the 1” hole drilled into the top of the cover and the locks down with our Twist Lock system. We even supply the plug to put in the hole when the feeder is not being used. With this feeder you can monitor the syrup level and fill the feeder without opening the hive; just put a rock over the hole when you remove the tank to fill it.

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Bees for 2015

Bees for Starting Hives 2015

Ray Lackey, 1260 Walnut Ave. Bohemia NY 11716-2176
Phone: (631)567-1936

It is the time of year that we of the Long Island Beekeepers Club are ordering bees and Nucs from the south for spring delivery. You do not have to be a member to order through us. I'm gathering the order for four-frame (deep) Nucs of honey bees to be delivered the beginning/mid April. These are upstate NY bees wintered in South Carolina, split and shipped north with new, young, laying queens. They are mongrels that are bred from survivors, mostly Yugoslavian. I need orders and money by end of February. You will have to return the Nuc boxes after you have transferred the bees into your hive or you will forfeit your deposit. Nucs give a faster start than packages. We also have novice classes going in case you are interested in starting beekeeping. Email me to reserve nucs but checks need to be sent out soon after to confirm your reservation.

A four-frame nuc is a small colony with the bees covering at least four frames. Normally at least three frames will have brood at various stages of development. The fourth frame will have nectar and pollen. They come in a five-frame nuc box. The nucs normally have a division board feeder in the fifth slot but if the bees have been getting too strong before delivery, the feeder will be pulled and a fifth frame will be added. The contents of the nuc box, minus the feeder are yours, whether four or five frames. You do not have to replace the frames with new frames before returning.

Payment is required at time of order on a first-paid-first-served basis. I only commit to you by cashing your check if my supplier will commit to me. I put in a base order and periodically expand if orders are getting close to limit. Last year, we reached a point where he would not commit to any additional orders. Order early to assure bees will be available.
Nuc Schedule is approximately April 10 but may vary by a week or two in either direction due to weather. Costs for 2015 are $160.00 (Plus separately paid, refundable box deposit of $50 at time of pickup). Reservations start now and close by March 15 or when we sell out. After that date, we will accept additional reservations only if available and will charge an additional $10 to add them on to the order! Send a check, made out to Sweet Pines Apiary to 1260 Walnut Ave. Bohemia NY 11716-2176. (This price includes tax. If you have a farmer’s tax exemption certificate, price is $ 147.30 but an exemption form must be supplied with the order.)

Questions? Call Ray Lackey at 631-567-1936

Novice beekeeping classes are also being planned in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Nuc Box Deposit: Some people have hard time understanding the Nuc box deposit. In the past, I have charged $25 deposit on each box. This is payable at the time of box pickup. A standard new nuc box would cost $30. It seems that some have figured that keeping the box was a bargain, even if it was used since they felt their time to return it was worth more. I thus have had to pay the provider for the boxes not returned but he has already painted his boxes and many have been made with the more expensive waxed plywood lids so that they cost him more than $30. Thus, the deposit this year is $50, preferably paid by check at time of pickup. If your box is returned within 30 days, I will tear up the check. If not returned by that point in time, I will deposit it and you just bought a used nuc box for $50. If you return it after that point but before I return the nuc boxes to the supplier, I will give you $40 back. If you pay your deposit at time of pickup with cash, I will put it in an envelope and save it. If you return your nuc box when I am at home and can give you your envelope, you get $50 back. If you drop off the box when I am not available to receive it and refund your money, I will charge $5 to handle the deposit, record keeping, cover note, stamp and check to pay back $45/nuc.

Queens: I will be receiving queens from the same source at the same time, Italian/Yugoslavian hybrids, for replacing failing overwintered queens or for splits. Cost $27/queen (Exempt price $24.86).
I will also be receiving queens from a California breeder with Hygienic stock at about the same time, Italian heritage. Cost $32/queen (Exempt price $27.62).

In ordering, please complete this form (preferably copy and paste into your email to save manual entry and potential errors) and print to send with check:

Email to: (email formatted as HTML)
Name, Last:
Name, First:
Mailing address:
Principle Phone:
Cell if different:
Email address:
Number of Nucs @$160
Number of Queens @$27
Number of Hygienic Queens @$32
Total of order: ($)

Packaged Bees for Sale

It’s that time of the year to take inventory of your apiary.

I am going to pick up bees in Georgia, and am extending this service to our members because the US Post Office WILL NOT GUARANTEE LIVE DELIVERY of the packages to Long Island. In addition, at this time of the year the Queens are in better shape and the package should have younger bees. [Note that if you buy too early, the Queens are not properly mated and will not last too long; in addition to which the packaged bees are older.]

Each package is 4 lbs. of young bees with an Italian Queen, AND WILL COST $135.00/pkg.. If you would like to try Russian Queens, I will have packages available (w/Russian Queens) for sale at an additional $ 5.00 ($140.00). Marked Queens are $5.00 additional. Availability is on a first come/order basis.

The DEADLINE TO ORDER is March 15th, 2015. ORDER EARLY. PRICE(S) AFTER MARCH 15th will be slightly higher.

There is going to be a LIMITED AMOUNT of packages that we can bring up. PAYMENT IN FULL IS REQUIRED. As soon as I receive your order with payment, your name will be placed on our list. Delivery date is approximately the beginning of April.

TO ORDER: a) enclose your name, address, and PHONE NUMBER with your payment of $ 135.00/package, or for whatever number of packages you want, and mail to: {MAKE YOUR CHECK PAYABLE TO SOUTH PAWS FARM, INC.}
c/o Peter Bizzoso 505 Wading River Rd. Manorville, NY 11949-3448

b) call Peter @ 631-874-4750 to clarify your order or if you have any additional questions.

Honey Extractions, Bulk Honey, Honey Bears, And More!

  • Bulk honey for sale-Call for pricing
  • Deep supers for sale primed and ready for paint-13$----Assembled and primed-18$
  • Frame extractions 6$ any size.20 dollar min.
  • One gallon containers-2$ w/lid-empty
  • Used 55 gallon drums-12$
  • Mite away-Quick strips-5$ Per pad
Call (631) 475-8315 or email

Deluxe 9- Frame Radial Hand Extractor

If you have 6 to 20 colonies of bees this is the answer for you! This extractor will extract 9 medium frames (6 1/4") or 9 shallow frames (5 3/8"). With the addition of the included set of cages you can tangentially extract 3 brood frames (9 1/8"). Hinged Plexiglas covers are hinged to the top of the extractor, which has a diameter of 21". The T.I.G. welded 18/10-food grade stainless tank is 24" tall. Honey gate must be open during extraction.   Local pick-up Setauket….516-680-3020    PRICE REDUCED to $200.


10-Frame Hive Tops and Feeders

2 Brushy Mt. 10 frame copper English tops $40 each
8 Brushy Mt 10 frame hive top feeders $15 each
1 Maxant  9 frame hand-9F with legs and wooden base $400 - used for 4 extractions since purchase

Contact Moira Alexander, 631-265-8249

The Ultimate Hive Stand & Cover

Manufacturers of ‘The Ultimate Hive Stand & Cover’
195 Atlantic Avenue, Garden City Park, NY 11040
(toll free) 800-600-7446 ● (phone) 516-741-3062 ● (fax) 516-742-3617
Ultimate Hive Covers and Stands available to club members at a special reduced price. Rich Blohm really loves the covers and the stands are very popular with hobbyist/backyard beekeepers.
Please note that our products are Made on Long Island and sold nationwide through leading catalogs and web sites the provide beekeeping supplies.


Five Gallons Buckets

Will hold 60 Lb honey. These buckets were only used to store honey. The containers are definitely food safe and they come with a lid. I am selling them for $5.00 each, less in quantity. call Fred Munzer at 631- 243- 3512

Glassware Supplier

Glassware is expensive to ship. You can save a lot if you are near a bee equipment supplier and can pick up the glassware. Several have asked where I get my glassware. I get my glassware from: Harvey’s Honey, 912 Route 40, Monroeville, NJ 08343, Phone: 856-358-1010; Fax: 856-358-1166. He runs 2000+ colonies so he uses a lot of glassware himself and then wholesales to get the best price possible. His supplier is Gamber Glass in Lancaster PA but, because of his quantity discount, you can buy glassware from him cheaper than you can buy from Gamber directly. It is a long drive, south of Philadelphia, so you need to get a bunch to make it worthwhile or be passing through that area. Fred M., Mike V. and I periodically make trips and normally check with each other to see if we can fill out any spare space with their needs to make the trip more worthwhile. Generally, we just replace that picked up by others when me make a trip but if we are just buying straight out, we will pay an extra $1-2/box to help with expenses. You may want to put together your own little cooperative to do the same.
Ray Lackey: 631-567-1936,

Bee Natural Body Care

Beekeeper Wayne Vitale began keeping honeybees at Spy Coast Bee Farm with one mission in mind, “To Bring More Honey Bees Back into the World.”
Spy Coast Bee Farm is located in New York, USA on Setauket Harbor's "Spy Coast" . Over the years we grew to eventually create Setauket Gold, an all-natural raw honey harvested from our honey bees while living in harmony with nature.
This is when “Bee Natural Body Care” was born. The rich natural ingredients from the bee hives was included in formulating the richest creams and body lotions.
Today “Bee Natural Body Care” makes products for mind, body & soul.

Wayne Vitale
Bee Natural Body Care
Spy Coast Bee Farm
PO Box 2423
Setauket, NY 11733

Tel: 516-680-3020


Brand New MAXANT 20-Frame Extractor

I have a brand new MAXANT 20 frame extractor (with legs) that I am putting up for sale…just got it earlier this month…I have used it once and it’s too small for what I need. I am asking the list price of $1,495…but I am absorbing the cost of shipping & handling as well as taxes…plus it comes with a base (48”x39.5”) the top of which is made of 5/8th in finished plywood (that has been painted white) and the bottom is a pallet for ease of moving. The extractor can be unbolted from the base if desired and the legs can also be removed.
I can be reached via email:
Robin Blackley, Beekeeper

Local Long Island Nucs for Sale

I have local Nucs available immediately. Contact me for pricing.
Contact: Wayne Vitale at 516-680-3020

Local Nucs, Queens, and Hives for Sale

Ernie and Connie's Apiary

For Sale:
- Nucleus Hives
- Queens
- Hives with Bees

All bees are from local Long Island acclimatized stock.

Also, honey, comb honey, and pollen for sale.

Call for pricing and more information:
Ernie Schwasnick at 631-582-3184, or cell, 516-830-1837
or email:

Bee Clean Soap Company

Offers: Peppermint, lavender, grapefruit, almond, rose, and unscented bars of soap. All natural ingredients made with beeswax honey and hemp oil.
Each bar is $5 or two for $8
Phone: 631-276-4693 Email:

Bee Equipment for Beginners and Professionals

610 Bethany Church Road Moravian Falls, NC 28654
FAX ORDERS 1-336-921-2681
Customer Service 1-336-921-3640
Online at:

Learning Programs for Children

"Children are fascinated by insects. In this program, Moira Alexander, educator/beekeeper will ignite the excitement of learning by combining children participation, visual aids and many interesting facts about the honey bee."
We offer a field trip experience within the classroom that is grade level appropriate.
Visit our website or call 631-265-8249

Pure Beeswax Lotion Bars and Lip Balm

Still’s Apiary has lotion bars and lip balm made with pure beeswax.
Lotion Bars: $5.00 each
Lip Balm: $3.00 each, or 2 for $5
Honey Pendant $15+S&H