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Honey Bees For Sale:

Packages, Nucs, Queens & Mason Bees


We will be offering honeybee packages, nucleus colonies, honeybee queens and mason bees for the 2018 season. Please read below for more details!

Honeybee Package Reservations Open on January 24th: come back then to reserve yours!

Note to New Beekeepers

We highly recommend taking a beginner beekeeping course before getting started with beekeeping. While honeybee colonies show a great deal of self-sufficiency, beekeepers do have an essential role in keeping honeybee colonies healthy, prosperous and producing lots of honey! The key ingredients to success in beekeeping is love for AND knowledge of the bees. If you are interested in taking a course with us, please click here to view our current course options. As our season gets going we will begin opening up more course options.


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Honeybee Packaged Colonies - March/April

Chilean Light Valley Packages & New Zealand Arataki Packages

Click here for more details and to reserve your packages!


Honeybee packaged colonies come as 1 kg of honeybees with a queen, in either a vented box or tube. Honeybee colonies are shipped in during March & April. Packages arrive ready for installation into hive equipment right away. This is a great option for customers who want to start their colonies early, and build them up as much as possible in their first year.


They are very easy to handle and safe to transport after pick-up.


This year we will have Light Valley packages from Chile for a second year in a row, available for pick-up in approximately early March. We are also fortunate to have Arataki packages from New Zealand available again, which will be available for pick-up in approximately early April!


Please note: we do NOT ship package colonies.


Click here for more details and to reserve your packages!


Honeybee Nucleus Colonies (Nucs) - May/June

Nuc Colony options to be announced later in Spring.

Honeybee nucleus colonies (or ‘nucs’ as they are often called) come in 4- or 5-frame nuc boxes. These nuc boxes come with a couple frames of brood (baby bees developing in wax cells) and a couple frames of food. These frames are covered in honeybees and include a queen.


Nucs are very easy to introduce to your hive equipment: you simply move the frames with bees over into your box, easy peasy!


We typically have nucs available in May and sometimes in June. Presently they are not available to reserve, but we do have a notification list going. Please contact sales@urbanbeesupplies.ca or 604-364-1993 to put your name down and we will email you with details when they become available! Price will be determined at a later date, as it can change significantly each season.


Please note: we do NOT ship nucleus colonies.



Honeybee Queens


We bring in honeybee queens throughout the year. They come caged with attendants.


Honeybee queens are usually used for introduction to queenless colonies, or for quickly making splits.


We have limited availability in March/April, and increasing availability afterwards. We typically start having local queens regularly available in late May or early June.


If you are interested in getting queens in the spring we encourage you to contact us at sales@urbanbeesupplies.ca or 604-364-1993 and we will add you to our notification list.


We DO ship queens. They are shipped Express at additional cost. Please contact us for details.


Mason Bees


We bring in mason bees for every spring. They are a great option for backyard pollination, as they are excellent local pollinators and require virtually no upkeep.


Mason bee are sold while they are in their cocoons, and can then be introduced to mason bee houses for the spring. They will be available in February.


For full details for both cocoons and mason bee houses for sale, please click here.

Above: mason bee cocoons come in small vials.

Reminder to Register Your Bee Yards!

Please remember that you are required to register the location of your honeybee hives to the BC Ministry of Agriculture. Registration of your hives allows for the Apiculture department to easily notify you in such cases as disease or pest outbreaks in your area, which may allow you to act effectively to prevent issues. The apiculture department acts primarily as a service to beekeepers, and we would highly recommend registration for this reason even if their was no legal requirement. Mason bees do not need to be, and should not be, registered.


You can find the Apiculture department site here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/animals-and-crops/animal-production/bees


You can find the online Apiary registration form here:

https://forms.gov.bc.ca/industry/beekeeper-apiary-registration/

We will be uploading a FAQs section soon regarding the various bee colony options. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact us at sales@urbanbeesupplies.ca or 604-364-1993. We look forward to speaking with you!