I am starting beekeeping this year with my daughter as a 4-H project and as one of our 13 skills. I came across this ad, but I don't know enough about bees to evaluate if it is a good thing or not. Any input would be appreciated.
"I'll have beehives and nucs available this coming April.
Beekeepers know a strong hive in April is worth 2 in June. I'm going to great length to get them here early enough for you to be successful and profitable first season.
These hives will be 10 frame deeps full of bees and brood built-up on the citrus flow down south, so we're talking about strong hives that could easily be made into nucs or left to make surplus honey first year. These hives have existing queens known and accepted by the bees.
About the Queens;
I have bought a variety of queens from many sources. I have found queens from EAS Master Beekeeper Bob Harvey (who is the supplier) to be spectacular. He only raises VSH Pol-line, Minnesota Hygienic, and other strains suited to stand up well to mites, form good brood patterns, and make honey. My best hives are those requeened with these queens.
10 frame hives includes a used deep hive body, all frames, migratory cover, and loads of bees - $230
5 frame deep nucs in a cardboard nuc box - $145 or $130 in your box
50% deposit requested to hold your order. There is limited space on the truck and I expect these to sell out, so if you have plans to start or increase your apiary, please consider calling to secure your order early. Pickup will be in Indianapolis Indiana."
There was also a phone number, address, e-mail, and website to contact the seller. Thoughts?