Back Ridge Bee Farm & Supply

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We will be open by appointment all winter.

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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 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

To whom ever left this present on the counter at our shop, thank you, we love it! But we are absolutely puzzled, we have no idea how it got there or who it came from!! Either one of us completely forgot if you came in and left it or you snuck it in??? But thank you, the cardinal is on our tree! ... See MoreSee Less

To whom ever left this present on the counter at our shop, thank you, we love it! But we are absolutely puzzled, we have no idea how it got there or who it came from!! Either one of us completely forgot if you came in and left it or you snuck it in??? But thank you, the cardinal is on our tree!Image attachment

We are now taking orders for Spring Packages 2021. This years packages are Italian/Buckfast/Carniolan hybrids. Packages are $135. We are accepting full deposits, you can send a check made out to Back Ridge Bee Farm at 28 Bridges Way, Orland Me 04472.
Pick up is tentatively for May 17th.
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We are now taking orders for Spring Packages 2021. This years packages are Italian/Buckfast/Carniolan hybrids. Packages are $135. We are accepting full deposits, you can send a check made out to Back Ridge Bee Farm at 28 Bridges Way, Orland Me 04472. 
Pick up is tentatively for May 17th.Image attachment

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Jon Merchant

Do you just have packages or will you also offer nucs? Thanks!

Buckfast?? What type of breed is that? It’s New to me!

Great! Sounds perfect

😍 Omgosh I can’t WAIT!

Keith Higgins

Which are the least aggressive. I have grandkids who are always in my garden

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