Host a Hive

Without you and your neighbors, we couldn't do this crazy thing we're doing. Hive hosts are the center of the work we do - and our favorite part! Now who are these crazy people that let us put hives in their backyard? They are your neighbors, and they could include you.

A hive host lets us place at least two hives in their backyard, which we tend, and in return receives three pounds of honey and the knowledge that they’re helping save the bees and pollinate their neighborhood.

We are currently seeking hive hosts in the following neighborhoods: Richmond Beach, Ridgecrest, Lake Forest Park, Maple Lead, Phinney Ridge, Greenwood and Broadview. We also partner with businesses and farms outside that area.

Interested in being a hive host? Read the details below and then drop us a line at peter@rainydaybees.com.

Considerations:

  • Do you have space to devote to 2+ hives?  We recommend a minimum of a 4x12 area with very low to no daily pedestrian traffic.  The hives themselves will take up roughly 2x2 feet each, and it is best to give the bees a 10 foot "runway" in front of the hives to reach cruising altitude above people's heads. That being said, there are ways to reduce the space in front of the hive and still get the bees flying above head level if necessary.
  • Does the location get at least partial sun?  In and around Seattle, honey bees like as much heat/sun as they can get, because it allows them to start foraging earlier, and stay out later.  So the more sun, the better.
  • Is the location easily accessible without having to pass through any building, and in all seasons?
  • Are you or any of your family known to be allergic?  Honey bees don’t like to sting, and honey bee allergies are actually relatively rare (localized swelling around the site of a sting is not an allergy, we all get that to varying extents). Still, if you or your family are allergic to honey bees, you’re probably not a good candidate for being a hive host unless you have a very large property where the bees can be placed in a completely unused area.

If you are interested in being a Hive Host, please email us and we’ll get back to you shortly to talk about the possibilities. We ask for all hive hosts to make a 1 year commitment to hosting, with the understanding that circumstances (e.g. allergic reaction, neighbor relations, etc.) may require the removal of the bees from the host site prior to the end of the year.