Welcome to Hamilton Apiary!
This is just one of the hobbies for John and
Adrian Hamilton.We sell our honey from our front door. We also use some
of our surplus to make mead for our personal use. This year we are
attempting to expand number of hives and enter the queen rearing side.
Most of our expansion has been from swarm collection and colony
extractions. I wonder how people make a living doing this since it
appears that we always spend a lot more than we make. But, I do believe
it is a cheaper hobby than golf.
We are member of the Rappahannock Beekeepers Association
that meets at Snow Library, Spotsylvania Courthouse, on the third
Thursday of the month at 7 PM.
We sell our honey in pint and quart mason
jars, nothing fancy. We sometimes also have small 8 oz plastic honey
We will collect new honey bee swarms. These
are the basketball sized clusters of bees that can be found hanging
from tree branches. Others object also serve from which the cluster
may hang. Depending upon the distance that we have to travel there
may be a small fee for this service to cover gasoline cost. The
swarm will be placed into a standard bee hive and relocated to our
We do bee extractions. This is where the bees
have moved into a structure and formed a permanent colony. This
service requires an initial evaluation of colony location in the
structure, building construction properties. In most cases there
will be a nominal fee charged for this initial evaluation. If the
extraction service is contracted, we apply this fee to the total
extraction cost. In ost cases we are able to remove 99 % of the
bees, all honey comb, honey and bee brood. The comb, brood and bees
are placed into a bee hive and all are relocated to our apiary.
We raise queen bees for sale to local
beekeepers in the Northern and Mid-Eastern part of Virginia. The
numbers are fairly limited and availability is usually form first of
Jun to mid September. The strain of breeder queen varies from year
We perform pollination services for small
local farmers. This is a bee colony rental service for pollinating
specific crops. Fees are negotiated based on location, crop type and
length of time colony is left on-site.
visits since 5/7/2008
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