Get Started Beekeeping
We discovered our love of bees after buying our first colony and keeping it in our backyard. We are big supporters of the backyard beekeeping movement and love to help newbees get started in this adventure. From getting your first bees to helping you navigate problems with your hive(s), we offer our services to Tampa Bay’s Backyard Beekeepers.
5-Frame Nucleus Colony
We believe that purchasing a Nucleus Colony (or, as beekeepers call it, a “Nuc”) is by far the best way of purchasing a colony of bees to begin with. We highly recommend this over purchasing package bees that are notorious for absconding, or catching feral bees which can end up being overly aggressive and ruin your first experience with beekeeping.
The Nucleus Colonies we sell include an established colony of bees with a good, laying queen, at least three frames of brood in various stages, at least one frame of pollen and nectar, and a frame of foundation that the bees are expanding upon.
These Nucleus Colonies are sold in a waxed cardboard Nuc box and are ready to be installed into a full 8 or 10 frame hive body.
Local pick in Saint Petersburg, FL — $175
Delivered (Tampa Bay area only) — $200
We are currently taking pre-orders for a limited amount of 2019 Nucleus Colonies. A $75 deposit is required to reserve each Nucleus Colony. This year, we will be running Gentle Italian Queens in our Nucleus Colonies and will be ready for pickup on April 13th, 2019. Call us at 727.560.4678 to reserve yours before they are all spoken for.
Frame of Brood (Capped or Young Larvae & Eggs)
Sometimes your bee colony may become weak and need a boost. A frame or two of capped brood is what we call a “bee bomb”. In about 10 days, all that capped brood hatches and thousands of young, worker bees are added to your struggling colony, giving it the boost it needs.
Other times, your colony may swarm or the queen dies and they fail to re-queen themselves. In this case, the clock is ticking on your colony and, if you can’t find anyone with a queen to purchase, a frame of young larvae and eggs can come in handy to allow your bees the ability to raise a new queen. We raise most of our brood on deep frames, but can also get medium frames of brood if necessary. For both capped brood or young brood and eggs — $30 each frame (Call for more info 727-560-4678).
Inspection & Consultation
Beekeeping is tricky business. There are a thousand and one things that can an will go wrong with bee colonies from swarming to disease and pests. Sometimes, expert advice is very helpful and can save a failing colony. We offer our experience keeping bees in Saint Petersburg backyards for over a decade to help newer, backyard beekeepers. We will help you inspect your colony and give you consultation — $50/hr (Tampa Bay area only - Call for more info 727-560-4678).
Honey Extractor Rental
Just getting started beekeeping and not quite ready to invest in buying your own honey extractor? We have a Maxant 2 frame hand extractor for rental. This is the perfect extractor for processing honey from 1-3 backyard hives. It holds 2 medium or shallow honey frames at a time - $30 a day (Call for reservation 727-560-4678).