Beekeeping
Shonnard’s Sweet Honeybee Photo Contest

Shonnard’s Sweet Honeybee Photo Contest

Are you a nature lover, a gardener, a beekeeper, or a photographer? Everyone is welcome to participate in the Shonnard’s Sweet Honeybee Photo Contest! We are looking for bee and beekeeping related photos, including but not limited to: Honeybees in the hive Honeybees...

Package Bees Pick-up Day – Saturday April 20th

Package Bees Pick-up Day – Saturday April 20th

PACKAGE BEE PICK UP DAY SATURDAY April 20th The pick-up times below are suggestions aimed at reducing waiting time when you arrive - you may certainly come when it is most convenient for you during our store hours. Picking up your bees at the suggested time is...

Bees in April

Bees in April

Congratulations, you’ve overwintered your colony! If your hives made it through to April with 5+ solid frames of bees and an active queen then you’ve successfully overwintered! Supplemental Feeding  Now that your bees have broken their winter cluster and have...

Bees in March

Bees in March

March is the most common month for colonies to starve. Take the opportunity of a sunny day and warmer day temperatures, if you haven't already, to peek inside your hive and see how your bees are doing. By this time, the queen has been steadily increasing her...

Native Mason Bees for Early Crops – Part II

Native Mason Bees for Early Crops – Part II

In part one, we covered what a mason bee is and why they are important. Now let’s dive into what mason bees need (all within an area of only 100 to 200 feet) and how to encourage and manage your own populations. Reproduction Mason bees are cavity-nesting solitary...

Mason Bees for Early Crops – Part I

Mason Bees for Early Crops – Part I

It may seem like a difficult task to create an environment for bees to thrive, but give yourself the time to learn something new today and discover what all you can do to aid in the revival of this very important pollinator – the mason bee. Who are the Mason Bees? A...

Bees in February

Bees in February

Hello beekeeper! Longer day length triggers honey bee queens to increase egg production. Your honey bee colonies have likely been slowly building brood population since Winter Solstice. Ideally, they will reach peak population when blackberries are blooming later in...

Pre-Order 2024 Live Bees

Pre-Order 2024 Live Bees

Time to place your pre-orders for live bees! We are a distributer of live bees for Fred Selby, a 2nd generation beekeeper from Chico, California. Previously the head of the Shonnard’s Nursery Beekeeping Department, Fred now professionally operates his apiary near...

What is a Fresh Nucleus Hive?

What is a Fresh Nucleus Hive?

We are proud to offer nucleus hives created by Fred Selby, a 2nd generation beekeeper. After being head of the Shonnard’s Nursery beekeeping department, Fred now professionally operates his apiary near Brownsville, Oregon. What is a Fresh Nucleus Hive? A fresh nucleus...

Italian or Carniolan?

Italian or Carniolan?

Having trouble deciding whether you want to order Italian or Carniolan bees? Here is a quick run down of the differences: Italian (Apis mellifera liguistica) These bees were brought to the US in the mid-1800s courtesy of Reverend Langstroth, the same person who...

Bee & Pollinator Plants for the Pacific Northwest Garden

Bee & Pollinator Plants for the Pacific Northwest Garden

Some of our favorite plants for pollinators are on display to show you the best seasonal sources for nectar and pollen. Here are some tips for success in planting for honey bees and other pollinators: Choose heirloom varieties - a simple flower design allows easy...

Your Bees in October

Your Bees in October

Hello everyone! Your bees may dip into their stores in the month ahead – especially for protein. Protein patties fed in the fall can greatly bolster the health and vitality of your long-lived winter bees. Continue to feed protein into November. At this time of year...