This list is not exhaustive but should help you get oriented…
Honey Bee Suppliers
Contact the breeders or your local group order 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 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.
TABER’S HONEY BEE GENETICS, Vacaville, CA Tel: 707-449-0440. Carniolan-Russian & Italian
C.F. KOEHNEN & SONS, INC., Glenn, CA, Tel: 530-891-5216 Italian & Carniolan
OLIVEIRA’S HONEY BEES, Orland, CA, Tel: (877) 865-0298, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Italian & Carniolan
Support a local business!
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”.
Lost Coast Hay, Myrtle Ave., Eureka, CA, Tel: 707-497-6927, Local woodenware & other equipment.
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: Beesbma@gmail.com
A & L Feed, McKinleyville, CA, carries equipment, books, foundation, etc.
Statewide & beyond
Brushy Mountain Bee Farm – Based in North Carolina, full range of supplies. 606 Main Street, Ferndale, CA. Tel: 707- 845-4977. Beekeeping supplies, hardware & woodenware; native plants, seeds; locally grafted queens & package bees. Email: BeesBMA@gmail.com
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.