2018 Honeybee Availability
We carry nucleus colonies, honeybee packages, and queen bees. Orders for nucs and packages are taken beginning in December for the following year, and are scheduled for pick-up at the garden center in late April/early May. Queens are available throughout the spring and summer months.
We recommend that new beekeepers begin their adventure by purchasing a nucleus colony, or a "nuc." A nuc is, in simplest terms, a small, portable working colony. This colony is installed into your hive in your apiary and can continue working immediately. The nuc consists of a laying queen, two to three frames with brood in all stages from eggs to hatching workers, two frames of honey and pollen stores.
5+ frame honeybee nucleus colony, including mated queen.
A package of bees is exactly what is sounds like: a package with bees in it. A package comes with approximately 3 pounds of bees, plus a mated Italian queen in a cage, and a food supply for the journey.
Packages are ideal for installation into a dead-out colony or a top bar or warre style hive, as there are no frames.
After installation, the bees will begin to build comb or use what is existing in the hive.
Package pick-up day is tentatively scheduled for the first weekend in May, though this is a moving target due to weather. We'll keep you informed via email as we get closer to the pick-up date.
All bee orders are non-refundable.
We supply marked queens throughout the late spring and summer beekeeping season. Purchase a queen when making a split of a strong hive, to replace an old or failing queen, or to change temperament of an aggressive hive.
availability & pricing tbd
What do I do with my bees when I get them home?
We know picking up your first box full of bees can be a little intimidating. We hope to make it as not scary as possible for new beekeepers. Check out our "Nuc Pick-up and Installation Guide" for step by step instructions about what to do before, during and after picking up your bees.