Pre-Order 2023 Live Bees

We are proud to offer our community the chance to discover the incredibly rewarding hobby, and responsibility, of beekeeping. We are a distributer of live bees for 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.

Live Bee Packages – What to Expect

A 3 lb. package of bees includes a mated, unmarked queen, roughly 10,000 bees, and a can of sugar water.

Packages will arrive approximately mid-April; the exact date is determined by weather and other delivery circumstances. We will notify you of exact pick-up times as the date approaches. Please call if you have any questions or need to discuss pick-up day accommodations.

We will be taking package bee orders until Sunday, March 26th. A cancellation fee of $25.00 applies to all bee orders.  The purchase price is non-refundable after Sunday, March 26th.

Wondering about installation? You will be given printed installation instructions on pick-up day, but you can always see how it’s done by watching our package bee installation video on YouTube, HERE.

Nucleus Hives – What to Expect

A nucleus hive includes five deep frames (9 1/8″) – 3 frames of brood, 1 frame of pollen & honey, and 1 empty frame that’s drawn out for hive to grow – with a verified mated, unmarked queen. Your nucleus hive will arrive in a bee-tight, high-quality, wax dipped cardboard box with ventilation.  The frames will only fit inside a DEEP HIVE BOX. Instructions regarding the installation of your nucleus hive into a full-sized DEEP hive box will be provided on pick-up day.

Nucleus hives will arrive approximately early May; the exact date is determined by weather and other delivery circumstances. We will notify you of exact pick-up times as the date approaches. Please call if you have any questions or need to discuss pick-up day accommodations.

We will be taking nucleus hive orders until Sunday, April 23rd. A cancellation fee of $25.00 applies to all bee orders. The purchase price is non-refundable after Sunday, April 23rd.

What are the main differences between Italian and Carniolan bees?  Click here for more information about the two races.  Do you have additional questions about ordering bees? Please call us at 541-929-3524 or email bees@shonnards.com