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Taking orders for April & May Pick Up Dates
Complete Hives, Nucs, Queens, Supplies & Classes

Spring 2023 Honey Bee Colonies
April 8th through May 6th dates currently available

Location: San Antonio, Texas Metro - Somerset Area 78069
By placing an order from The Bee Place, you are acknowledging and agreeing to the process and terms of the Ordering Agreement. Download and Print our Bee Health Certificate

Please Note: Some beekeeping supplies may be limited at this time due to COVID-19 related supply interruptions. Please know that anything ordered from our beekeeping supply pages are subject to back-order and ALL ORDERS are local pick up only - Shipping is not available from our location at this time.

Honey Bees For Sale - Local Pickup Only - No Shipping
     The honey bees we offer are of a gentle nature and top quality genetics. Depending on the season and what we have in stock, we typically offer options from a starter nucleus ("nuc") to full colonies in 10 frame hives. Please note: 8 frame equipment is available by request. We also provide the basic information and instructions needed to get started in beekeeping.

Please Note: Beekeeping Supplies and Bees are Local Pickup and by Appointment Only
- We are a bee farm and have our bees at multiple locations. We do not have a store front for "walk in shopping", therefore all equipment and bee pickups are on scheduled pickup dates by appointment only. Thanks for understanding.

Download and Print our Bee Health Certificate here (PDF format)

Honey Bees - Purchase format options:
     At this time, we are offering Italian & Texan bees in Langstroth Style bee hives, Hive Sets with Bees or a Nuc of Bees ready to install in your hive. We do not offer packages of bees or delivery.
Our standard Apiary Starter Kit comes with Bees, Hive and Basic Tools. (protective gear separate)
Please visit the Beekeeping Supplies section to order the protective gear and supplies of your choice.
Also available, the "Beekeeping Basics" group classes - discounted with purchase of bees.
Visit the Bee Pick Up Day FAQs page for hive sizes and transport information

The Somerset area pickup location will normally be at our main branch which is about a half hour southwest of downtown San Antonio. We typically offer a Beekeeping Basics group class the day of pickup at our main location.

Apiary Starter Kits
Nuc of bees
installed in a traditional Hive including the basic Tools

This is our most popular starter setup. Each kit comes with the following items needed to start your apiary.

  • Standard: A Nuc of Italian (by default) Bees with Mated Queen, Complete Assembled Bee Hive, Internal 1.5 Gallon Pro Feeder, Hive Tool, Smoker and a Seat in the Basic Beekeeping Class.
  • Optional:
    • Beekeeping Basics Group Class - Extra Seats sold separately
    • Personal Protective Gear is sold separately

Order Apiary Starter Kits here

Starter Colony Hive Sets
Nuc of bees
installed in a traditional Langstroth style Bee Hive with Deep Frames - feeders optional

  These are the industry standard bee hive sets with the bees already installed in a deep hive body with a deluxe top and screened bottom board which will be secured and ready for transport. These are offered in 3 different formats with a Nuc of Italian or Texan bees installed. The following formats all come with 5 frames of bees and 3 blank frames giving the bees growing room. 1.5 Gallon Feeders are included with all hive sets.

Select from 3 Complete Hive format options, Single Deep, Deep w/Med Super, or Double Deep Set

Nuc of Bees - Nucleus Colony
5 - Frames of bees contained in a ProNuc Transport Tote 
     A very popular starter option. The bees come contained in a sturdy transport box with a sealed lid and ventilation safe for travel inside a vehicle. These will need to be installed into a deep hive body, typically best within a day or two. Select the available pickup date and the Italian or Texan bee options. All of our Nucs come with a young mated and proven laying queen bee, brood (eggs and larvae in multiple stages) with nurse / house bees, pollen, nectar, and honey with worker / field bees and a little space to grow.

Select from the Nuc of Bees, 5 frames of Italian or Texan bees.

Queen Bees
VSH - Mated Queen Bees - No Shipping Local Pick Up Only
     When starting out keeping bees, the most gentle bees are recommended. Italian bees are the most common, but not the only gentle bees around. The Italian lines are very popular. These and our Texan bees all consistently produce better than average honey yields and winter well in our area. Queens come in a cage with attendants on the outside. Unless otherwise noted, the Queen Bees are not marked or clipped.

Queens - More Information & Place Order Here

The sample images are for display only and are not the actual bees for sale. Click here Full Size for larger images.

Photos of Our Bees

The Spring is the most common time of the year for starting new colonies and making spits that produce additional hives of honeybee. We're seeing a late Spring bloom this year in many areas.


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We double check all hives and nucs prior to marking them ready for pick up and rarely have issues, but we are human and prone to mistakes and bees are live animals and prone to change from one day to the next. Therefore we have the following policy and will replace or exchange a colony if we are notified of an issue right away. Waiting more than a week to report an issue is not considered right away.
Cancellation, Refund and Return Policy:
     Honey bees are livestock, therefore they are subject to conditions and other factors that effect their health such as; diseases, pesticides, temperatures, etc. and since we have no control over the conditions the bees are subjected to once they leave our property, we can not be responsible for incidents or accidents after they leave our possession. For these reasons, under normal conditions, we recommended hive inspections before loading and leaving our property and signing off on the order received documents.
    However, with COVID-19 safety concerns, we will honor and respect and waive the pick up day inspections and ask that you please report any issues within 48 hours of receiving your bees. For anyone that has a long way to travel, we would prefer to go through the hives before you leave so in the event of an issue, we can correct it prior to leaving with your order.
     Since we must make all necessary arrangements and commitments to secure everything needed to fill orders, from equipment to reserving bees to securing queens from preferred out of state breeders, etc., we have the following cancellation policy:

Cancellation of Orders: All cancellations for refunds must be requested in writing within seven (7) days from the time the order is placed. A 10% processing fee will be applied to all cancellation requests filled after the seventh day of the order and will be processed as time permits.

Returns for Supplies and Gear: If there is any issue with any equipment, supplies or gear, please let us know within seven (7) days of the receipt of the product and we will arrange for an exchange. All requests for a refund filled after this time are subject to a 10% restocking fee.

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