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.
Nucs will be available for pick-up once they arrive safely and have been inspected by our beekeepers. This is weather dependent, though we target late April for the scheduled pick-up day.
PLEASE NOTE: Nucleus colonies are non-refundable and non-returnable.
A package of bees is just what it sounds like: a package with bees in it. You'll get a ventilated box containing approximately 3 pounds of honeybees, a queen in a cage, and feed for the journey. This is a perfect way to repopulate a lost colony or to introduce bees to a top bar hive.
We will begin taking orders for 2018 packages in December. Check back for current pricing.
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.