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Live bees

Over several years BeeManiacs brought live bees from California and Oregon. As colonies struggle to stay alive and beekeeping became popular, producers of live bees became very focused in quantity and not quality.

BeeManiacs stands behind the quality of the products we source, but in the case of live bees, we felt that we didn’t have any control over the quality of the colonies we were receiving.

For that reason we decided to stop bringing live bees through our store.

We always recommend to source live bees locally, hopefully from a local beekeeper that can breed them locally, from survivor stock (which is not as easy, due to our short season).

If you need a supplier for packages or nucs, we recommend you to contact your local beekeeping association. For BeeManiacs, the local association is the Backyard Beekeepers Association:

If you live far from BeeManiacs, please check with your local association.

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Join the Waitlist for 2022 live bees!

Live bee pre-orders would become available by the end of January or early February and we will have limited quantities. You can start signing up for the waitlist on the live bees for the 2022 season right now.

You can find some information about packages and nucs on each product page and join a waitlist here:

You will be able to enter your email address and the website will send you a notification as soon as the 2022 season live bees become available for pre-order (you can decide if placing the order or not at that time).

Pre-orders will be first-come-first-served.

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Bees Arriving Later This Season

If you have placed an order for live bees with us, you should have received an email update from us. Just in case someone doesn’t see the email, we’re re-posting the information below.

Olivarez Honey Bees, our supplier of live bees for this season, just reported that abnormally cold weather is going to delay queen production this season.

At this point, California colonies are developing about 3 to 4 weeks later than usual. Due to the cold weather, colonies are not producing drones yet.

Producing a high-quality queen requires the presence of many mature drones during mating flights. Since the cold weather has delayed drone production, Olivarez needs to delay queen production, which will push package delivery dates.

As soon as the weather improves in California, Olivarez will be able to provide us with a tentative pick up schedule. At this point, they’re considering a delay of up to 3 to 4 weeks on the original delivery date.

This delay affects all of our live bees pick up dates since we get started by delivering packages and make the nucs and starter hives from those same packages.

Olivarez confirms that this colder weather affects all of their California and Hawaii operations. It’s also affecting all queen producers in California and the USA Southern States. Trying to produce queens earlier would only generate low-quality, poorly mated queens.

Most queen producers will delay queen production until they can make sure the drone population will be good enough for mating queens. 

Cancellation offer (for limited time)

We understand that this delay on the delivery date may not work for all the beekeepers that placed an order with us.

For this reason, we would like to offer you the opportunity to cancel your order for a 100% refund. If you would like to cancel your order, please email us to before March 9, letting us know. We will cancel your order and issue the full refund.

After March 10, order cancelations will follow the original cancellation rules (packages and nucs will have the standard $50 non-refundable fee and starter hives will be non-cancelable).

This means that you have two options:

  1. Contact us to cancel your order before March 9, and we will issue a 100% refund.
  2. Keep your current order which will be delivered on a date to be determined later 

If you want to keep your current order, there’s no action required from you. You don’t need to send us an email to confirm you keep your order (you only need to email us before March 9 if you want to cancel the order). 

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused by this schedule change. Beekeeping depends on the weather and in this case, we’re forced to delay the delivery date until high-quality bees can be produced.