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Bad weather delaying nuc delivery dates

The 2017 season is breaking some records as the coldest and most rainy season in the last 45 years.

Live bee suppliers are struggling to deliver bee packages and nucs on fixed schedules that worked fine in previous years.

If you bought live bees from us, please check your email for updates. The Economy nuc delivery date was delayed from May 6th to the 13th and still pending final confirmation.

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Bee suppliers are doing everything they can to deliver live bees on schedule, but in some cases they will need to delay the delivery date to make sure that the nucs are properly made.

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2017 Bee Packages available now

We decided to release pre-ordering of our 2017 bee packages.

You can order your 2017 package of bees right now at this link

We do not ship bees. Pickup at BeeManiacs. Estimated pickup date is April 15, 2017.

For 2017 we are partnering with Olivarez Honey Bees, to bring their high-quality packages which are proven to be successful in colder areas. You have to select which race of queen you’d like to purchase (Carniolan or Italian).

The price of the packages includes sales tax and there’s no deposit for the package box. You get 3 lbs of honey bees (about 10,500 bees) and one marked queen in each package, ready to get a new beehive started. We have found that beginner beekeepers really need marked queens, so we always try to secure a supplier that will provide marked queens.

We set aside some packages for early bird discounted price, so if you order early, you could save $15 per package (while supplies last and for limited time). The early bird price is set at $120 per package and the full price is $135.

We have setup a small online store for processing live bee orders. At this time only packages can be ordered and we will add queens and nucs as they become available.

You can place your order now at this website:

For more information, please contact us at

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Package Installation Video

We are getting our training on producing videos started with this Package Installation video. Hopefully it will be the first of many videos we will be developing this year.

We often teach beekeeping classes during winter time or inside school classrooms or public places where bees are not allowed in, so there are no bees around at class time. Pictures and videos help us developing educational material that is more engaging and easier to follow.


We added caption in English (automatic English caption doesn’t work really well on beekeeping subjects) and in Spanish.

The first one being released right now is about installing a 3# package of honey bees in a hive made of 8-frame (instead of 10-frame) Western size boxes (in this area we call Western the boxes that are 6 5/8” tall).

Because the boxes are smaller than a Deep box (9 5/8”) and have 8 frames instead of 10, we recommend starting the package on two boxes instead of just one.

The hive used in this video had a solid bottom board and an entrance feeder. On the same day we installed packages on different hives and took pictures to show queen placement when using an inline feeder, for example. To keep this video simple we stick with one kind of hive from beginning to end and left other details to be addressed through the educational website with the extra pictures from the other hives.