Bees


Sold out for spring 2017. Thank you for supporting local bees!

Providing a source for local honey bees was the primary reason we started Bonnie Bee & Company.  Frustrated by high loss rates in Marin County and a lack of local stock to increase survival odds, we set out to find the best of the best from microclimates across the county.  In collaboration with other  beekeepers, we set out each spring to select the best treatment free colonies from which to graft queens – or even make splits.

Our queens are open mated in relatively isolated mating yards in central and west central Marin. Whenever possible, we return the queens back to the microclimates where the parent stock performed well.   (For this reason, it is recommended that you place your order early so we can plan accordingly.)

Five frame Nucs on super / medium (6 1/4″) sized frames are available in the spring (late April – mid-May, exact timing dependent on weather).   $185 each.  Request size at time of ordering.  Optional delivery and installation also available.

This season, we’re also offering OVERWINTERED NUCS* ($300 each) which we estimate will be available for distribution at the end of March +/-.    If you’ve been keeping bees for a year or two in Marin, you’ve probably noticed that most of the build up happens between February – May.  After this time, comb building slows substantially in many areas of the county.   But timing for optimal queen mating comes near the end of this window, so the sping nuc colonies you purchase may not build up much in their first year.   While size is not as important as overall colony health, we’ve figured out a way that you can have both: buying overwintered nucs with queens mated during previous summer!   We’ve been experimenting with this for a couple of years and our customers who got early season bees in 2016 reported great build up, honey production – and even were able to split their bees and make additional increases.   Four frame, Overwintered Nucleus Colonies on deep (9 1/8”) or five frame Nucs on super / medium (6 1/4″) sized frames are available in the spring (late April – mid-May, exact timing dependent on weather).   $300 each.  Request size at time of ordering.  *NOT recommended for new beekeepers, unless you are working with an experienced mentor.

NUC COLONIES ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH TOP BAR HIVES OR WARRE HIVES.  We do not sell package bees.

REFUND POLICY FOR SPRING NUCS:

  • Refunds will be charged a $50 cancellation fee (per nuc) if requested before April 15, 2017
  • Refunds will be charged a $100 cancellation fee (per nuc) if requested between April 16, 2017 – April 30, 2017.
  • No refunds for cancellations made on/after May 1, 2017.

 

Additional services offered include delivery, installation, optional cardboard nuc box with screens (for better ventilation for those traveling longer distances with their new bees).

 

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