To start your beehive, you need to know where to buy bees.
Backyard beekeeping is a fun hobby with great rewards like honey and beeswax. With all the right beekeeping supplies, you’ll be well on your way to creating the apiary of your dreams. One of the last things you’ll need? Bees! If you’re new to beekeeping, you may not know where to buy bees. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help.
What to Know Before You Buy Bees
There are plenty of options when it comes to buying bees. Wherever you choose to buy bees from, it’s important that you order them early. You’ll want to order them in the winter so you have a colony lined up for April or May, when you can start with a new hive.
You need to know about the members of your bee colony. When you buy bees, there should be worker bees, drones and a queen bee. The queen is typically marked so you can tell her apart from the workers and drones.
Some beekeepers use wild bees for their beehives. There are pros and cons to using wild bees. While a swarm of wild bees is free, they also have weak genetics and carry bee diseases. On the other hand, they can also be used to grow your hive and they’re free. We recommend purchasing bees from a trusted source when you’re starting your hive.
Your Local Blain’s Farm & Fleet*
Not only can you buy all your beekeeping supplies but you can also buy bees at select Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Each package of bees contains approximately 10,000 bees and one marked queen bee. There will be instructions provided. To order live bees, you can call 1-800-210-2370 or choose one of our select locations for pickup. Stores that will have bees available for order and pickup are:
- Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
- Janesville, Wisconsin
- La Crosse, Wisconsin
- Woodstock, Illinois
- Morton, Illinois
- Dubuque, Iowa
*Note: Bees are sold seasonally at select Blain’s Farm & Fleet stores. Check back next year for updated dates and locations for bee pickup.
Bees can be ordered from Saturday, January 21 through Tuesday, February 28, 2017 and will be available for pickup on Saturday, April 29, 2017. In addition to live bees, you can also buy beehives, beekeeping clothing, beekeeping books and more. To learn more about starting a hive of your own, visit our Beekeeping blog.