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Dowdle Family Farms Honey Bee Sales


Dowdle Family Farms is a state inspected apiary and we are approved to sell and ship package bees, queens, and nucs. 


Currently, we are offering nucleus packages of bees for sale in the spring of 2022. We encourage people to pick up their bees as early as possible so that they can acclimate and forage in their own environment. 


We regularly improve the genetics of the queens in our apiaries. Our genetics include gentle italian honeybee lines that contain the the varroa sensitive Hygenic, mite mauler, survivor, and carnolian genetics. We select queens based on health, gentleness, and productivity. 


What We Offer


Nucs - $170

Nucs (or nucleus colonies) are small hives that are already established with a mated, laying queen, brood of various stages, and food reserves that will help them establish and grow quickly. This is a much better option than purchasing a “package of bees” because a package will require a month or to establish well. They will come in a temporary hive structure that should last them for a few days or weeks depending on how developed the nucleus colony is. You will need to transfer them to a hive as soon as possible as they will quickly outgrow the nuc box they come in. You should have this equipment on hand when you pick up the bees.


Nuc in Complete Hive - $400

The nucleus hive bodies contains all the bees and brood at various stages as the Nuc does, but it comes in a 10 frame hive. Most of the frames will be empty, so that the bees can grow quickly from three frames of bees and brood. At least four or five of the frames will include drawn comb. Please note that the equipment that comes with these hives will be used but in good shape. You should expect the equipment to last for several years if you keep it maintained. 


The benefit of of this option is that you do not have to assemble, paint, and order any equipment. You pick up your bee hive with all the equipment you need. We use the best equipment possible for these hives. This hive includes:

-        Telescoping Cover – better protection from weather.

-        Inner cover – for improved ventilation.

-        Screened bottom board with oil tray – reduced pest pressure.

-        Entrance reducer – keeps other bees from robbing the hive. 


Well Established Hives - $525

These hives will be well established with at least 5-6 frames of brood (and likely more), enough food reserves for them to survive two weeks of bad weather, two frames of drawn comb, and two empty frames that need to be drawn. They will need a honey super (or second hive body) added soon. Please note that the equipment that comes with these hives will be used but in good shape. You should expect the equipment to last for several years if you keep it maintained. The bees will have been in these hives for quite some time. 


The benefit of of this option is that you do not have to assemble, paint, and order any equipment. You pick up your bee hive with all the equipment you need. We use the best equipment possible for these hives. This hive includes:

-        Telescoping Cover – better protection from weather.

-        Inner cover – for improved ventilation.

-        Screened bottom board with oil tray – reduced pest pressure.

-        Entrance reducer – keeps other bees from robbing the hive.


Delivery, Setup, and Educational Service - $300

We are offering deliver and setup services for a few customers who purchase our bees. If you are interested in bee keeping but you are a bit intimidated by setting up and looking after the hives by yourself the first time, this is the service for you. This fee is in addition to the purchase of your bees. This service includes bringing the bees to your location, setting up the hive, transferring them to your equipment (if applicable), and spending 30-60 minutes in the hive with you showing you what to look for when you check the bees. You will need basic bee tools to take full advantage of this service. We recommend that you have a bee suit, gloves, smoker, and hive tool so that you can take full advantage of this opportunity. After receiving this service, you should feel confident in your ability to manage your bees properly. 

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