Acquiring bees for your hives…Humboldt County
Humboldt County Beekeepers Association does not sell or coordinate bee purchases. Several local and regional providers sell bees, see below.
To reserve package bees and queens (Italian, Carniolan, Russian -Carniolan bees from California-based quality suppliers) Contact: Brad and Linnette Woodward at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (707)496-9707.
To reserve nucleus (“Nuc”) colonies (Calif & Pacific Northwest sources) contact Justin Reeve at email: email@example.com 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: beesbma.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
C.F. KOEHNEN & SONS, INC., Glenn, CA, Tel: 530-891-5216 Italian & Carniolan
OLIVEIRA’S HONEY BEES, Orland, CA, Tel: (877) 865-0298, Email: email@example.com, Italian & Carniolan
TABER’S HONEY BEE GENETICS, Vacaville, CA Tel: 707-449-0440. Carniolan-Russian & Italian
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 & local nucs. Email: Beesbma@gmail.com
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: Artofbeekeeping@gmail.com High quality locally made woodenware & equipment. They also offer a course on “Sustainable Beekeeping”.
Statewide & beyond
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.