Your Local Beekeeping Supplier

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, order your bees, and more.

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!

From the Beekeeping Blog

Our Favorite Summer Bloomers

Our Favorite Summer Bloomers

With temperatures in the 70's heading into the start of summer, right now is an opportune time to be considering the plants you want to enjoy in the season ahead, and beyond. Planting when temperatures are cooler is best practice, and lessens the chances of transplant...

Your Bees in June

Your Bees in June

Blackberry season is here! Beekeeping in June is all about ensuring your bees put away enough honey reserves for winter. The honey flow in the Willamette Valley is on, and you should be seeing fresh white wax and a lot of nectar coming into your colonies. At this...

Nucleus Hives Pick-Up Day – Saturday May 25th

Nucleus Hives Pick-Up Day – Saturday May 25th

The pickup 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 preferred, but we realize this may not be ideal!...

Hive Consultation Package

An hour and a half spent working hives with a beekeeping specialist can do wonders to increase your skills and experience! A consult will give beginning and intermediate beekeepers benefits beyond the duration of each session.

We believe our Hive Consultation Package ultimately saves beekeepers money, frustration, and heartache. We are proud to offer this service to our beekeeping community.

Our consultations will help you:
  • Work your bees with greater confidence. You will feel less anxiety about getting into your bees, allowing you to complete necessary tasks on time.
  • Identify diseases more readily, increasing the likelihood you will be able to intervene early.
  • Assess mite infestation levels with more accuracy, greatly improving your colony’s survival chances.
  • Read the brood nest and colony strength with more fluency.
  • Be familiar with the resources available to help you become a better beekeeper.

Beekeeping FAQs

Common questions from beginner beekeepers.

Can bees be kept within Corvallis & Philomath city limits?

Can bees be kept within Corvallis & Philomath city limits?

Yes! There are no local restrictions prohibiting backyard beekeeping, but nuisance laws can apply – so be a good neighbor, communicate with adjacent homeowners, and site and orient your hives to minimize conflicts.

How many hives should you have?

How many hives should you have?

One hive is okay, but we like to see a couple of hives per keeper. One reason is that you can compare their performance against one another to catch problems earlier, and even transfer resources from a robust hive to a weaker one when needed. The state department of agriculture does require you to register if you are keeping more than 5 hives.

What will your honeybees forage?

What will your honeybees forage?

Keep in mind the foraging needs of a colony, and don’t try to keep more than local flower resources can support. Most honeybees will forage within 2-5 miles of their hive so be aware of what blooms are in your local area.

How do you know if bee-friendly plants are in the area?

How do you know if bee-friendly plants are in the area?

While honeybees do have favorite flowers based on shape and pollen, the key is to have blooming plants late spring to early fall when the bees are active. At Shonnard’s, we are always available to assist you in choosing plants that are beneficial to pollinators should you choose to enhance the colony’s foraging options. For plant suggestions, shop online for Plants for Bees.

What other native bees can you support?

What other native bees can you support?

Other pollinating bees in our area that you might find in and around your garden include Mason Bees, Leafcutting Bees, and Bumblebees. Mason bee cocoons are typically available for purchase in early spring, but PLEASE do not set the cocoons out to hatch until temperatures warm and there are more plants in bloom. We also offer native bee nesting and housing supplies at our Garden Center.

Browse Tutorials

Learn directly from our knowledgeable staff on a variety of beekeeping basics and follow us on YouTube to stay informed!

Willamette Valley Native Bees

Building Your First Beehive

Beekeeping Equipment & Tools

Installing Package Bees

Treating Varroa Destructor

Feeding Your Beehives

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