“When California was wild, it was one sweet bee garden throughout its entire length,
north and south, and all the way across from the snowy Sierra to the ocean.”
~John Muir, “The Bee Pastures”
Welcome to the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, founded in 1873, to foster the interest of bee culture and beekeeping within Los Angeles County. Our primary purpose is the care and welfare of the honeybee. Our group membership is composed of commercial and small scale beekeepers, bee hobbyists, and bee enthusiasts. So whether you came upon our site by design or just 'happened' to find us - we're glad you're here! Our club and this website are dedicated to educating our members and the general public. We support honeybee research, and adhering to best management practices for the keeping of bees.
The Latest Buzz:
Pre-Order your Bee Packages and Nucs by December 31, 2015 and save money. It's never too early to order your bees for 2016. Prices will increase January 1st. Bee Packages and Nucs will be available for pick up mid April. PLEASE NOTE: We do NOT ship our bees!
Our Italian Honey Bees are gentle, easy to work with, and build up abundantly for pollination and honey making. If you are just beginning beekeeping, or already an urban beekeeper, these bees are perfect for you. The known gentle genetics of our Italian Honey Bees make them ideal for Backyard Beekeeping in Los Angeles.
2015 has been our best and busiest year ever for Beekeeping Class 101, and the request for bees has increased. Don't be disappointed and come into bee season bee-less! You can order online HERE.
Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association/Bill's Bees
How exciting! 119 newbees (Yikes!) showed up for our first class of the 2015 season! What a gorgeous day to be up on the mountain at Bill’s Bees Bee Farm. Bill and Clyde have hosted and taught the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101 for quite a few years. Once upon a time, there were only a handful of “newbees” interested in becoming beekeepers. Over the past few years, interest in beekeeping and the desire to learn more about these tiny honey bees who are so important to our survival, has grown around the world.
So now you want to be a beekeeper!!! You’ve come to the right place. We offer a great series of classes for both beginners and established beekeepers. We’ll walk you through a season of beekeeping; from where to get your bees, what you’ll need in the way of protective clothing, tools and equipment, how to care for your bees, and when and how to extract honey.
With the joy of beekeeping also comes the responsibility to your bees, your neighbors, and yourself. We teach responsible beekeeping for an urban environment, adhering to best management practices for the bees, the beekeepers, and the general public. Keeping bees can be daunting and there’s a lot to learn. As the beekeeper will tell you, “Ask ten beekeepers a question, and you’ll get eleven answers.” You'll make mistakes, we all do. But you’ve entered a wonderful community whose passion is honey bees. We’re here to help you become the best beekeeper you can be.
In our first class we discussed some of the preliminary planning considerations, tools and equipment, and beekeeping resources. In April you’ll be picking up your bees (hope you’ve got your bee order in, they’re going fast!). Below are some things to consider and plan for before you pick up your bees. In our next blog we’ll share the essential tools and equipment you’ll need before you bring your bees home.
Location, Location, Location:
- A location in the open, preferably with a southern or easterly exposure, for maximum sunshine throughout the day.
- Away from animals and children, not along a foot path, or where there is direct traffic.
- Protected by a barrier (approx. 2 feet from - and facing a hill or wall) from wind, streets, etc. This will also force the bees to fly up and over cars, people, etc., thus causing them to be less of a nuisance and helping them to stay alive.
- Ease of access (you don’t want to be lifting heavy supers of honey up and down stairs or across rocky fields).
What the bees will need:
- A safe, natural habitat with a source for nectar and pollen. A typical honey bee colony forages more than 80,000 square yards to find plants and flowers with sufficient nectar (honey) the bees' source for energy and pollen (essential in brood rearing) the bees' source of carbohydrates.
- A nearby source of fresh water (within ¼ mile) so they don’t use the neighbor’s swimming pool. This can be a tank or barrel of water with rocks or floating boards or cork for the bees to land on.
- A safe, comfortable, home to live in.
We suggest you buy a couple of good beekeeping books and read them all the way through, twice. Here’s some suggestions:
- Beekeeper’s Handbook
- Keeping Bees in Towns & Cities
- How to Keep Bees & Sell Honey
- Beekeeping for Dummies
Our next class is March 15th at The Valley Hive, where you’ll learn woodworking, how to build bee boxes, frame assembly, and how to prepare your hive for your bees. All future classes will be at Bill's Bees Bee Yard.
We don't send out notices or emails of changes in dates, times, location, or schedule. All the information regarding the classes is posted on the website: Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101 and on the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Facebook page.
We welcome you to the wonderful, exciting world of beekeeping. We are forever grateful for the 'Gift of the Bees!' Join us!
Bill and Clyde
Package Bees and Nucleus Colonies
SAVE TIME - ORDER ONLINE! You can order your bees at: BillsBees.com and Pick-up at our Location: 12640 Little Tujunga Canyon Road, Lakeview Terrace, CA 91342
Package Bees ($100): 3 pounds of bees in a screened cage with an Italian queen with gentle genetics. Available about the 1st Week in April.
Nucleus Colony ($175): 5 Deep Frame or 6 Medium Frame Nucleus Colony. Available about the 1st Week in May.
'Marked' Queens ($5): All our Nucs contain Italian queens with the same genetics as our packages. Queens can be 'marked' for an additional $5. Then, if you observe an unmarked queen you will know if your hive has swarmed.
Complete Hive ($275): A Complete Hive is the Nucleus colony that includes a painted deep hive body, bottom board fastened to the box and lid plus 5 additional undrawn new frames to fill out the box.
We will contact you near the latter part of March for a firm date of pick up for packages and the latter part of April for a pick-up date for nucs.
If you do not wish to order online, you may place your order by contacting us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 312-1691.
The supply of honey bees we have for sale is limited, so we suggest you 'Buy Now' to avoid bee-ing disappointed. Thank you!