Bees For Sale

Ten Over-Wintered Mini-Hives Available in March 2019

The over-wintered mini-hive begins in our apiary as a nucleus hive created in late June and headed by a mid-summer queen from our best stock. Your queen will be young, vigorous and will have successfully overwintered her hive.  


The mini hive has two configurations: one deep frame and one medium frame.


The Deep consists of six frames: two frames of brood and bees, two of food (honey and pollen) and two of drawn comb ready for the queen to expand. 


The Medium consists of eight frames: three to four frames of bees and brood, two to three frames of food (honey and pollen) and one to two frames of drawn comb ready for the queen to expand. 

The best hive for the beginning beekeepers

  • The queens are locally bred by us from our best local stockand have demonstrated their capacity to overwinter in our nasty wet cold climate.

  • The significant risk of a beginning beekeeper losing a spring nucleus colony in its first winter is eliminated.

  • The hive has a full complement of bees with a correct temporal relationship in the ages of the bees and the distribution of their tasks in the hive.  

  • The hive will become a production hive in its first season and given average weather conditions will produce honey in this season

  • The hive has the best chance of surviving the next winter of any hive you can buy.

  • Drawn comb is a very valuable resource and key to getting any hive off to a good start.  Your over-wintered mini hive has 50 percent more drawn comb than the average “nuc”.


How to obtain your over-wintered mini-hive?

  • Contact Deborah Acheson at 1 250 920 6360

  • Send a deposit of $100.00 to hold a spot.  Only ten are offered in any year. The balance of 275 is due March 1st.

  • In March , after the hives have been inspected by the local Provincial Bee Inspector, and when the weather permits, we will invite you to bring your equipment to our apiary and under our supervision you will hive your new mini hive. At this point you have the opportunity to see your Queen. The bees will then have a period of time to adjust to your equipment before being moved. A day or so later your return to collect your bees and under our supervision you secure the hive for transportation. (The evening before we will have closed the bees into the hive!)