Yesterday, while installing a Package, a beekeeper in Portland felt certain a Small Hive Beetle, SHB, accompanied the mix. Our honey bees have been devastated by the Varroa Mite over the past years, but with the emergence of the small hive beetle we enter into a new era of concern and control. It has slowly […]
is your complete beekeeping outfitter and education center for the the Columbia Gorge. We stock a full line of beekeeping supplies from woodenware, protective clothing, varroa mite treatments and small hive beetle controls as well as 3lb. package bees and five frame medium NUCS.
Are you considering venturing into beekeeping? Let's us help combine your style and purpose with the necessary equipment. Often the new beekeepers loads up on 'stuff' only to find later they should have purchased different a incompatible style. Not only will we align your needs and aspirations but will be there to propel your apiary into success!
It is impossible for a small store, such as BG Bees, to support a storeroom full of our products, but we strive to please. Let us know what you are seeking in the way of beekeeping clothing, protective gear, hive products, or disease or pest control items. We will work with you to find the right one for you bringing it to your doorstep.
How Do We Differ?
We strive to provide more than a store front.
Community education through our Honey Infused Lunches coupled with an Apiary Tour,
Beekeeping Classes from beginner to advanced,
Personalized hive inspections,
and much more.
Honey Bee Fun Facts
- Workers weigh over 121 mg.
- The brain of a worker bee is about a cubic millimeter but has the densest neuropile tissue of any animal.
- A bee gorged with 30 mg of honey can fly 34 miles.
- Bees fly 1.2 to 2.5 miles and a maximum of 6 miles away from the hive.
Bear Cub in our front yard Bears are great creatures, but just not compatible with honeybees. They have a great sense of smell, so the honey your bees spend their life collecting become a quest for the wandering, weary, hungry animal. Bear playing in wading pool As good as honey sounds, it does not compare […]
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Preparing for Spring Management actually begins the moment the honey bee hive is secured for the long winter months. Preparing for winter losses becomes crucial to those in an expansion mode. Possibly preparing a Resource Hive (winter NUC) to repopulate hives that do not survive the arduous winter. Hives not surviving the wintry months often […]
Honey Bee Hive Optimal Winter Conditions Winter for the honey bee hive becomes the ultimate test against the other seasons’ activities coupled with health. Key elements necessary to support a healthy colony (climate regions coldest month 20 ° F) include: The wintering unit must have a good productive queen Worker population that covers 10 – […]
Key to the honey bee health is nutrition! Us humans can weather many diseases if we practice good nutrition. Same goes for the bees. Honey bee nutrition comes from two sources – pollen and nectar. Feed 2:1 sugar syrup (that’s thick!) this time of year. You want them to store it. In spring, we feed […]