Spring is here

Happy February Everyone

Now that we have the first month of the year behind us, we are finally over typing 2017 every time we write the date. It’s also getting warmer in some parts of the country that our beekeeper friends at Apimaye Beekeepers have started seeing activities in their hives back again and started doing their first inspections. Thanks for sharing all the pictures; we really can’t have enough of them. We are excited to see so many brand new beekeepers also going through a successful wintering of their colonies.

There’s a lot to be excited about

It already hit 90s in Arizona, and it’s mind boggling to see the snow storms in some parts of the country. We just hope we don’t see another 122 degrees this summer here in Phoenix area. It literally melted the road signs last year, and planes couldn’t take off and we watched countless videos of people cooking all kinds of meals on the asphalt. While many of our beekeepers are worried about the harsh winters, we are worried of the heat here. Bees work extra hard here to cool inside the hive. If the honey is not harvested, it can literally start melting inside the hive and start flowing and flood its very own hive, killing all the bees. Therefore the bees need all the help we can provide them for the crazy hot summers as well.

New Apimaye Ergo White Hive

After living through that heat last summer, we talked to our manufacturing partner and pitched the idea of an all white bee hive. And now we finally have it ready for the new season. White is the most reflecting color, therefore less heat is absorbed. That’s why all the summer clothing is bright colored. Our white colored hives have the same insulation properties. The only difference between the orange and white hives are the color added during manufacturing. We suggest the white hive for extremely hot locations like ours. The white hives look beautiful. So if you live in a cold climate, but like the white hive, just add them to your apiary with confidence. You’ll get the same properties as the original orange hive.

Apimaye Ergo Hive White

We Now Have Wax Foundation

We routinely get asked through email or phone calls about the frames and foundations. Our handy frames have a unique snapping feature and only works with wax foundation. We have a lot of beekeepers living in rural areas, and may not have access to a conveniently located beekeeping supply store. We decided to make it a little bit more convenient for our fellow beekeepers and started carry wax foundation.

When purchasing Apimaye hives or supers, you can now choose to add wax foundation in the boxes. We wrapped 10 wax foundation sheets in bubble wrap and put them in between the plastic handy frames. This enables safer delivery of the wax foundation. If you buy a hive, we’ll have 2 of them. If it’s a deep super, there’ll be one. The parcel delivery can be rough on our boxes, and we figured this would be the best option. This means, you still need to put them on each frame. If you worked with handy frames already, you know that it does not take more than a minute to install them per frame.

While securing the wax foundation as much as possible, we would also like to emphasize how fragile wax foundation is. If travelling through very cold areas, they can get brittle and get cracked or maybe even broken at the corners. It is normal. The bees don’t need a perfect wax foundation to work with. In fact they don’t need any foundation. They can build their own wax combs, but they may not be straight and properly spaced in the hives. That’s why we have the wax foundation. The bees use it as a guidance. In fact if you want comb honey, just cut the strips of the wax foundation into strips of about an inch, and install them on the top part of the handy frames. The bees will start drawing comb using that as a guidance.

Handy Frame Sale

To celebrate our new wax foundation offering, all the deep supers with handy frames are $10 off. From size option, select “Deep” and then from the frame option select any of the Handy Frame variation. You’ll see the discounted prices.

New User Manual

Hey everyone

We value feedback from you and try to implement changes as much as possible. One feedback we got was that our instructions for the top feeder was not too clear. So we have been editing our manual to make everything look prettier and more clear. Below you can see the new manual.

If you have any questions or any feedback, just send us an email, or write on our Facebook page.

Happy beekeeping!

ApiMaye_Updated_Manual

Bees are social, and now so are we!

Bees are social, and now so are we!

It took us much longer than we had planned but we now finally have an official Facebook page! This year is our first spring season, and we wanted to make sure our existing operations can be scaled fluently before we add even more tasks to the the to-do list. What is it that we were doing you may ask. Here’s what we’ve been doing:

  • Received a new container of goods in early March. We unloaded them and inspected every hive
  • Negotiated with both UPS and Fedex and got better rates and passed the savings to our customers
  • Integrated a shipping platform – Shippo (A friend’s company here in San Francisco) to our website so we can offer shipping notification with tracking number
  • Implemented a secure credit card payment terminal Stripe so we can now accept credit card payments without PayPal
  • Updated our manuals to include more clear and detailed information
  • Purchased color printers so we can print our manuals in color 🙂
  • Shipped lots and lots of products to our new and repeat customers, as well as Amazon warehouses!
  • Worked on social sharing of our website so you can share any page, post or product you like with your friends

Speaking of social sharing, and going back to the topic, we were motivated by one of our dear customers. She told us multiple times that we should have a Facebook page where we can introduce our products and answer question, and create a platform where people can easily ask questions and share their hives, stories, and opinions. It is now possible with our new Facebook page. Every time somebody asks a question there, whether it’s a beekeeping question or a product question, we’ll create a blog post about it and add it to our knowledge base. Knowledge is the only thing that you have less as you share, so we are here to share our and your knowledge.

So, what’s next?

We recorded some videos of me explaining our products and some procedures. They are very amateur looking and needs lots of work on editing (and in my opinion, completely redone). We’ll start posting videos on our YouTube channel too.

Bees are social, and now so are we!

Korhan

How can I use my wooden boxes with Ergo Hive Kits?

How Can I Use My Wooden Boxes with Ergo Hive Kits?

Apimaye has 2 series of bee hives, the Defender series and the Ergo series. In the US we have the Ergo series because it’s the only one compatible with the US Langstroth size. This way the beekeepers can use their wooden frames and our plastic handy frames interchangeably. They are also compatible with the wooden bee boxes.

Our bee hives come with 2 deep boxes. If you want to add your wooden supers, you just put them right on top. If you’d like to add another of Apimaye supers, that’s also no problem. The wooden boxes sit right in the grooves of our supers so our supers do not slide or fall, and there is no gap between the boxes. You can add our top feeder and our top cover on top on top of your wooden box.

New Worker Bee in Hive

We have a new worker bee

We are happy to announce that we got our hive not only filled with new goodies but also a new worker bee. Burcu, my sister has recently joined us back in Arizona while writing her thesis. She’ll be the 3rd doctor, only non engineer/scientist in the family. She’ll be helping us all in her spare time. We are planning on growing with her support, and have a more fun work environment thanks to her never ending playlist.

Speaking of growing, and filling our hive with new goodies, our shipment has finally arrived after the customs inspection. We unloaded everything of to our warehouse in Mesa. We give our big thanks to Matt, Murat, Turan, my dad and Burcu as it would not have been that easy (not that it was easy) without their help. Burcu and I opened and inspected every hive package to make sure everything is up to our standards.

There are more than 30 boxes labeled ready to go on Monday & Tuesday. We have a jar of honey ready for our UPS and FedEx drivers so that they don’t hate us :). These are large and heavy boxes after all; and we want to make sure people are happy to work with us.

We’ve done a lot of work this weekend, and there is a lot more to do. Thanks for your support, we are happy to be growing with you.

Korhan from Apimaye USA

 

PS: And here are a few pictures (shes’s responsible for most of the poses :D)

Full container

You should have seen the looks on people’s faces when we opened the gates

High five inside container

Sitting at the last 2 boxes in the entire container. It was worth high fiving

showing off after unloading the container

Totally rocking the maroon and gold 🙂

 

Our new shipment has landed in Long Beach

We are excited to announce that our second shipment of bee hives have just arrived to Long Beach port this afternoon after their month long voyage from Istanbul, Turkey. They’ll go through customs and will be brought to our new warehouse in Mesa, Arizona. We’ll then open every box, inspect and repack them for resale.

In our first holiday season we were overwhelmed by the demand and ran out of some of our inventory much faster than we had planned. We’ll make sure it will not happen again 🙂

Spring is here, happy beekeeping!

Korhan from Apimaye USA

 

We’re rebuilding our hive

We’re working on making our site not only better looking, but also more informative. Our site will be down for the night, and the online shopping features may not be available till weekend.

In the meantime you can still reach us at 480-648-8385 or our email [email protected] or shop our products on Amazon.

Hope to be back up soon ?

 

Korhan – the worker bee from Apimaye USA

We're rebuilding our hive

We’re working on making our site not only better looking, but also more informative. Our site will be down for the night, and the online shopping features may not be available till weekend.

In the meantime you can still reach us at 480-648-8385 or our email [email protected] or shop our products on Amazon.

Hope to be back up soon ?

 

Korhan – the worker bee from Apimaye USA