Our Bees

Queen rearing - a finished queen cellHoney bees with their locally mated queen.Rainy Day Bees runs a group of self sufficient neighborhood apiaries located in North Seattle and Shoreline.  As such, we produce the vast majority of our own queens and bees throughout the year. We raise bees from queens that are gentle, productive and overwinter successfully in our climate. Queens are raised throughout the Spring and Summer, as soon as the weather is warm enough for successful mating.  Nucleus hives are produced in July and August for overwintering.

Starting in 2017, we plan to offer queens and nucs overwintered in medium frame hives to the public.  In the meantime, mated queens, queen cells and summer nucs may be available on a case by case basis.  Email peter@rainydaybees.com to inquire about availability.