Honey Bee Queens (sold out, waiting for spring!)
We're watching the weather, and will begin raising new Seattle area queens as soon as temperatures are likely to make mating possible.
We will have a limited number of California queens in May, primarily for our own use, but we might be able to sell a couple. If you find yourself in need of a queen, email us.
Our honey bee queens are produced from our most productive, mite resistant, and gentle hives from the previous years, with preference being given to queen mothers who have survived multiple winters. All queens are open mated in the Seattle area, so color, productivity, mite resistance, and temperament of specific daughter queens will vary.
Our queens are maintained in mating nucs until they are sold or introduced into a new hive. Keeping them laying in nucleus hives ensures that your queen's pheromones are strong when she is introduced into a new colony, increasing her acceptance rate.
Queens are generally available from June through early September, weather dependent. Please email email us for availability at any other times.
- Pickup in Shoreline. Special arrangements can be made for pickup in Carnation or Monroe. We do not ship bees.
- Be sure to enter your preferred contact information during checkout so that we can schedule your pickup!
- Queens will be provided in JZ-BZ queen cages with candy, and can be introduced into the hive in their cage, allowing the bees to chew them out.
- Because we prefer to keep queens in nucs rather than banked, we have very limited numbers of queens in the city. Same day pickups, if desired, are most likely to be possible on Tuesdays and Fridays. Email us or call Peter (206-519-8505) for same day availability on other days, if needed.