Oregon and Northern California Honey Producers and Bee Suppliers

Bee-Licious Honey: Portland, Oregon: www.bee-licioushoney.com or 503.867.4596

Deer Creek Apis: Selma, Oregon: www.deercreekapis.com

Diggin' Livin': Cave Junction, Oregon: www.digginlivinnaturalfoodsfarmdeli.com

Davitt Apiaries: Klamath Falls, Oregon: www.davitt.com

Franz Honeybees: Gold Hill, Oregon.  https://www.facebook.com/franz-honeybees

Noah's Bees and Products: Grants Pass, Oregon:  https://www.facebook.com/noahsbees

Chico Honey Company (www.chicohoneyco.com) // Olivarez Bees, (www.OHBEES.com) Orland, California - Queen Bees available year round : 877.865.0298

Simply Bee: Rogue Valley, Oregon: Honey@messagebox.biz

Siskiyou Bees: Jake Kenfield: Talent, Oregon: 541.890.4623

Wild Bee Honey Farm / The Oregon Bee Store, Eagle Point, Oregon: www.oregonbeestore.com

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What equipment do you need to start Beekeeping? 

We advocate using a Langstroth Hive although there are other types of hives.  This type of hive makes it easier to adhere to best practices in beekeeping.  Some of the other types are a Skep, Warre and Topbar Hive.

The easy answer to the question about what you really need to start is that you must have some sort of protective equipment that covers at least your face and head (this is for the very hardy!  We recommend a full bee suit with gloves), a hive tool, gloves, smoker, and a Langstroth Deep hive box with all its component frames, bottom board (preferably a screened bottom board with insert to close it up in winter), an inner cover, telescoping lid, a couple of bricks to keep the lid, some strapping to secure it to the base and a base of some sort.  We recommend using six cinder blocks so it is really up off the ground.

The true answer for what you need to make it through a full year of beekeeping successfully is that you are best off with two hives so that in case one fails, you may be able to rescue the failing hive with stores from the other (if doing so does not put the stronger hive at risk).  Hence, the supplies  (which reflect the needs for hives which are growing and maturing) would include:

8 (8 frame style) Langstroth boxes, two of which are “deeps” and 6 of which are “westerns”
16 “deep” frames
48 “western” style frames
2 exterior telescoping Covers
2 or more inner covers
2 (8 frame style) bottom boards, preferably screened with plastic inserts and “removable doors”
at either end.

2 size adaptors if the bottom board is larger than the boxes.
2 feeder frames
12 concrete cinderblocks
6 bricks or something else that is heavy to keep lids secured
2 entrance reducers
Beekeeper protective suit (s)
Beekeeper style gloves
Beekeeper veil/hat
Hive tool
Smoker fuel (burlap and unprocessed cotton)
Long nosed lighter
Ratchet strap
Fire extinguisher (preferred)
Plastic pail
Metal pail
Duct tape
8 doses of apiguard mitecide or appropriate doses of other mitecide (you may also need other supplies to cope with Small Hive Beetle if it is an issue in your area
50lbs sugar
30 lbs drivert sugar
Quart jar fitted with #8 gauge screen

A white plate
Several commercial wasp traps or homemade wasp traps.
An extra swarm box

Text: First Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith Deplane

You need to have some sort of water feature available in the very near vicinity (15 to 20 feet away from the hives is preferred).

Beehives should be facing east, south east. Once they are placed, if you must move them they can only be moved two inches at a time lest the bees become disoriented.  Alternatively, they can 2 miles away and kept at that location during the next generation of bees.  Any less that that, they will return to their former site looking for their hive.  The point is that one must be sure of the placement site ahead of time.

Honeybees are a valuable part of our agricultural landscape and pollination supports our food network but the general public often does not know what to make of them. It’s advisable to make a sign indicating to the public that they must not poke at the bees or otherwise antagonize them, although generally, honeybees do not seek to harm humans any more than do spiders or flies. Finally, if you live in a city or town, there may be guidelines which you must follow and you should check with your local government about this.

National Management Survey Data from the Bee Informed Partnership

Below:  Bill Catherall, Past President of Portland Urban Beekeepers Association and Dr. Dewey Caron show you How To Do A Mite Count using the Sugar Roll Method:

Oregon Honey Festival, August 18, 2018

Connecting People with Bee Culture and Science Through Taste!

What to plant for Bees

​Check THIS LIST from the Xerces Society to plant for your area/season

-Remember to use native plants whenever possible!

​-Avoid neonicotinoid treated plants!

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Preparing for a Hive Inspection- Courtesy of PerfectBee

Hive Checklist - courtesy of  Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association