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!

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 the bees and pollinate their neighborhood.

2018 Neighborhoods include: Broadview, Pinehurst, Victory Heights, Richmond Highlands and Ridgecrest. We are currently seeking potential hive hosts in Maple Leaf and Ravenna for 2019. Outside of those neighborhoods but have an acre or more of land and open to hosting a larger apiary? Please contact us.

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 6x12 foot area with very low to no daily pedestrian traffic.  The hives themselves will take up roughly 2x2 feet each (plus a little space for Peter to work), 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 half day 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 severe 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 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.