About Our Beekeeping Department


Our beekeeping department is devoted to supporting bees and their keepers.  We cater to beginning and experienced beekeepers as well as people interested in supporting honeybees and native bees in their own gardens and in their communities.  We provide high quality beekeeping equipment in addition to expert hive services, instruction, and support.  Your success at beekeeping is our number one priority!  We are pleased to offer a storefront where you can shop for beekeeping equipment and bee-loved plants in one location.  Try on bee suits, look at our display hives, and more.  Our store is open 7 days a week, so stop by any day to get what you need.

At Shonnard’s,  we specialize not only in beekeeping gear, but bee-loved plants as well.  We are always available to assist you in choosing plants that are beneficial to pollinators.  Stop by to see what is currently in bloom.

Fred Selby
–   Department Manager; Beekeeping Specialist

Fred Selby II runs the bee department. He finds beekeeping fascinating as it grabs the spirit and soul. The ability to help local beekeepers and ease their minds about problems they may be having is what makes this position special to him. Honored to be at Shonnard’s, Fred is more than happy to help with all of your beekeeping questions.

A second generation beekeeper from Chico, California, Fred managed his father’s commercial apiary for the past 15 years including 6,000 hives and raising over 30,000 queens, as well as producing roughly 200 55-gallon barrels of alfalfa honey in Wyoming each summer. Fred served in the United States Marine Corps for four years and earned a bachelor’s degree in media arts from California State University, Chico, before joining his father’s apiary business.