Bees & Beekeeping Supplies

Acquiring bees for your hives…Humboldt County

HCBA GROUP ORDERS & LOCAL SUPPLIERS package bees, queens & Nucleus Colonies (“nucs”)

Plan NOW to reserve bees and queens for Spring, don’t delay- supply is limited this year. Contact the coordinators of the group orders for information on the varieties of bees available and where they will be coming from…

Community Group Orders (Humboldt-based)

To reserve package bees and queens (Italian, Carniolan, Russian -Carniolan bees from California-based quality suppliers) Contact: Brad and Linnette Woodward at email: or call (707)496-9707.

To reserve nucleus (“Nuc”) colonies (Calif & Pacific Northwest sources) contact Justin Reeve at email: Tel: (707) 502-9611.

Local Humboldt  & CA Central Valley  grafted queens, and package bees sourced from local apiaries.  Contact Britt Frey at Tel: (707) 845-4977. Website: Email:

Contact the breeders or your local group order contact person to determine ordering deadlines and availability. It is wise to reserve “nuc” colonies or package bees months in advance or participate in a group order.

Package bees and nucs are typically available from commercial breeders in early -late Spring. Attend local HCBA monthly meetings & follow social media to check availability. Queens typically become available Apr/May and available thru August from commecial bee breeders (typically California Central Valley areas, Washington & Oregon). Local Humboldt County queens/nucs typically available in late Spring thru August. Keep an eye on the HCBA Facebook page and Yahoo List-serve.

Commercial Suppliers

C.F. KOEHNEN & SONS, INC., Glenn, CA, Tel: 530-891-5216 Italian & Carniolan

OLD SOL APIARIES, Rogue River, OR., Tel: (541) 582-2337, Email:, Old World Caucasian & “Survivor” stock

OLIVEIRA’S HONEY BEES, Orland, CA, Tel: (877) 865-0298, Email:, Italian & Carniolan

TABER’S HONEY BEE GENETICS, Vacaville, CA Tel: 707-449-0440. Carniolan-Russian & Italian

 Equipment Suppliers

Support a local business!

A & L Feed, McKinleyville, CA, carries equipment, books, foundation, etc.

Britt-Michele Authentic 606 Main Street, Ferndale, CA. Tel: 707- 845-4977. Beekeeping supplies, hardware & woodenware; native plants, seeds; locally grafted queens & package bees. Email:

Lost Coast Hay, Myrtle Ave., Eureka, CA,  Tel: 707-497-6927, Local woodenware & other equipment.

Woodlyn Brand Beehive Supplies, Loleta, CA. Tel: (707) 496-9707, Email:  High quality locally made woodenware & equipment.  They also offer a course on “Sustainable Beekeeping”.

Statewide & beyond

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm – Based in North Carolina, full range of supplies. Tel: 800-233-7929

Dadant & Sons, Inc. Full range of supplies. Shipping is fast if ordered by phone from the Chico, CA store.

Mann Lake, Ltd.  Full range of supplies. Shipping is fast if ordered from the Woodland, CA store.