Bee School


Nucleus ColoniesTo get started you will need your bees, which come in a nucleus colony. This is a waxed cardboard box, roughly larger than a shoe box, and contains 5 deep frames, approximately 10,000 bees and a mated queen. Generally speaking, the bees will be a hybrid race, bred by a commercial beekeeper. It is in their best interest to breed the strongest bees suitable for their climate. They typically arrive in the spring (April), and can be pre-ordered as early as December or January.

Queens: In the event your queen is killed by the colony, crushed, has exceptionally bad temper, or is not producing enough, you might need to "re-queen". This is typically done in the Spring and early Summer months. Handling and installing queens is a delicate process.

    • Re-queening blog 


Boxes & Frames

Hive Components


Tools, Suits & Jackets


Bee Season

Nuc Installation

Hive Splits

    • Hive split blog
    • Swarm Prevention

Food & Feeders

Hive Inspections

Mite Management

    • Mite Testing
    • Mite Treatments

Honey Harvest

    • Extracting
    • Nectar Flow


Insulation & Hive Wrap


Winter Hive Check & Treatment


FAQ: Common questions we've heard in 20 years of the beekeeping business

Useful Links: Where we do our research and helpful websites, videos.