Back Ridge Bee Farm & Supply

Closed for the Season.

We will be open by appointment all winter.

Please call or message to set up appointment.

 

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We are gearing up for Spring, getting orders ready to go out to you so you're ready for your new bees in a couple months! If you'd like to place an order we can have it put together and make an appointment for you to pick it up! We still open by appointment all winter and we'll be opening up the beginning of April! We still have packages available, order yours now! ... See MoreSee Less

We are gearing up for Spring, getting orders ready to go out to you so youre ready for your new bees in a couple months! If youd like to place an order we can have it put together and make an appointment for you to pick it up! We still open by appointment all winter and well be opening up the beginning of April! We still have packages available, order yours now!Image attachment

Our Spring Packages have been delayed a week. Instead of a May 17th pick up, Pick up will be May 24th. The cold weather has delayed queen breeding. ... See MoreSee Less

Have you ever wondered why bears like honey so much? More likely than not, bears are after the brood (baby bees) for it's high source of protein! In Early Spring when the bears come out of their state of torpor, they are hungry and in need of protein. There are very few food sources out then. This is when we start seeing nuisance bears getting into our bird feeders and causing havoc in our apiaries.
A good way to try to deter the bears from your bee yards and bird feeders is to put out sponges around your bee yard and under your bird feeders and soak them with ammonia daily, as it will dehydrate. This helps cover the smell and bears do not like the smell of ammonia. If it gets on their nose, it can ruin a bears senses. So please don't put ammonia in balloons and cover in peanut butter. This makes for a very dangerous bear. A bear lives by its nose, it knows what it can and shouldn't eat. If you take that away, you have a very dangerous bear, he will then come after anything or anyone, including humans.

We also use talk radio out in our bee yard along with a good electric fence, although a hungry bear will go through a hot fence!
Keeping your bees safe and your costly investment safe should be high priority when keeping bees! We live in Maine and we have lots of bears in our State, especially in our area. Learning to cohabitate and doing it safely is important!
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Have you ever wondered why bears like honey so much? More likely than not, bears are after the brood (baby bees) for its high source of protein! In Early Spring when the bears come out of their state of torpor, they are hungry and in need of protein. There are very few food sources out then. This is when we start seeing nuisance bears getting into our bird feeders and causing havoc in our apiaries. 
A good way to try to deter the bears from your bee yards and bird feeders is to put out sponges around your bee yard and under your bird feeders and soak them with ammonia daily, as it will dehydrate. This helps cover the smell and bears do not like the smell of ammonia. If it gets on their nose, it can ruin a bears senses. So please dont put ammonia in balloons and cover in peanut butter. This makes for a very dangerous bear. A bear lives by its nose, it knows what it can and shouldnt eat. If you take that away, you have a very dangerous bear, he will then come after anything or anyone, including humans. 

We also use talk radio out in our bee yard along with a good electric fence, although a hungry bear will go through a hot fence! 
Keeping your bees safe and your costly investment safe should be high priority when keeping bees! We live in Maine and we have lots of bears in our State, especially in our area. Learning to cohabitate and doing it safely is important!

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Honey on grapefruit is amazing! This is my favorite wintertime breakfast! Tart and sweet in one spoonful! If you've never tried it, you should! ... See MoreSee Less

Honey on grapefruit is amazing! This is my favorite wintertime breakfast! Tart and sweet in one spoonful! If youve never tried it, you should!

We will be delivering honey again this Thursday! If you are within 15 miles of our store and would like a delivery please let us know by message or give us a call! We also will deliver bee keeping supplies, lip balm deodorant or anything we have in stock! We also have gift cards if you need to get a beekeeper a gift!! ... See MoreSee Less

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