Adopting a hive is a great way to host a beehive on your property, even if you know nothing about beekeeping. You'll be able to learn beekeeping skills from an experienced beekeeper, eat honey made in your own back yard, and your garden/neighborhood will reap the rewards of increased pollination. If you don't have a place to put a hive, but are still interested, jump down to our Sponsor-a-Hive program.
How does it work?
It's simple! We'll drop off a hive at your property and then stop by every now and then to maintain it.
At the end of the season (Fall), you'll get fresh honey from your personal backyard hive.
Here are the answers to our most frequently received questions:
How much does it cost?
It will vary depending on your location and whether it is for a business (roof top) or residential, get in touch for a pricing schedule.
How much honey do I get?
The amount of honey produced by a hive depends on a number of factors. A hive is a mini society, and some develop a very industrious culture, whilst others get a little bit lazy. It also depends on the weather and how much food the bees can find nearby to forage on. You can expect to get at least 9 lbs pounds of honey per hive at the end of the season. That's more than enough for your own consumption as well as some gifts for friends.
Do I have to have any beekeeping experience?
Nope, nada! That's what we're here for.
Do I have to be home when you drop off the hive/maintain the hive?
You should be home when the hive is dropped off to help arrange a spot to place the hive. We are happy to conduct hive maintenance visits without you being there, as long as access to the hive is possible. We are equally happy to schedule our visits for when you are home.
Will the hive ever swarm?
The reason we regularly visit the hives is to check on the health of the bees and make sure that they have enough space for their honey and natural population growth. This is how we avoid swarms. A properly managed hive never swarm, but never say never! If you think your hive is swarming, give us a call and we'll be out there in a jiffy.
Will I get stung? What about children/pets?
Honey bees can sting, but they die when they do, so they'll only sting as a last resort. It's unlikely that having a backyard hive will lead to any stings.
What if I'm allergic?
We don't recommend keeping bees if you or someone you live with is allergic. Swelling around the site of a sting is a common reaction of the body, and doesn't necessarily indicate an allergy.
Is it legal to keep a hive in my backyard?
Yes, depending on your city you may need to get a permit though.
What kind of property do I have to have?
Bees take up less space than chickens.
Can I be more involved?
You can sit back, relax and enjoy your scrumptious backyard honey while we do all the work, or you are more than welcome to participate in the maintenance of your hive. Our beekeepers will be happy to educate you on what they are doing to your hive each step of the way. Eventually, you may feel comfortable buying and taking care of your own hive.