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Sacramento Area Beekeepers Association   There is a monthly newsletter, and beekeeping classes are offered periodically.  These classes  fill quickly.  The coordinator for classes is Ernie Buda; his contact information is  and  (916) 761-3802. 


U C Davis Bee Lab website for information and “contact us”

Extension Apiculturist  (U C, Davis) is Eric Mussen,  (530) 752-0472.  Note:  Eric Mussen answers his telephone. His job description includes providing beekeeping information.

 Newsletter:  Click on “apiary newsletter” to subscribe. 

Randy Oliver   This is an informative site; he answers e-mails.


American Bee Journal, 51 S. 2nd Street, Hamilton, IL  62341  (217) 847-3324   This magazine is published monthly.

Bee Culture,  The A. I. Root Co., 623 W. Liberty Street, Medina, OH  44256  (800) 289-7668   This journal is published monthly.


Packages of bees (with queens) are available from Ken Smith in Paradise at (530) 872-4483.  Reserve  one 3 lb. package per hive NOW; pick it up when your hive is ready.  When ordering bee packages, early reservations are important. Each source has its own deadline; many are already booked by March.


Beekeeping Supplies –        Note:   Buy select grade (knot free) hive bodies and supers.

 Dadant & Sons,  15 C Valley Ct., Chico, CA  95973 (from Esplanade, turn right a little north of  Shasta School),  (530) 893-0921  (You can save shipping fees by picking up your own supplies.)

Mann Lake,  1250 Harter Ave., Woodland, CA   (866) 880-7678

Glory Bee Foods,  120 N Seneca Rd., Eugene, OR 97402  (mostly crafts)  (800) 456-7923


Beekeeping Books -- 

Anything written by Richard Taylor.  Most of his books are out of print but may be located on internet sites such as   

“First Lessons in Beekeeping,” Dadant & Sons, Hamilton, IL  (revised in 1997)

“Natural Beekeeping” by Ross Conrad.  ( 

“The Backyard Beekeeper” by Kim Flottum, Quarry Books, Gloucester, MA, published in 2005

“The Hive and the Honeybee,”  Dadant & Sons, Hamilton, IL, 1997  (textbook style)

“ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture,” The A. I. Root Co., Medina, OH, 1990  (textbook style)



Related information--

Xerces Society (  (native pollinators) Click:  pollinator-conservation  (530) 510-0976

Butte County Resource Conservation District (, (530) 534-0112, ext. 122

Cooperative Extension Butte County – Master Gardeners Program,  (530) 538-7201  (M--Th 1--3 pm)

California Native Plant Society ( Mount Lassen Chapter, Woody Elliott, 530-342-6053

California Invasive Plant Council  ( 1442-A Walnut St., #142, Berkeley, CA  94709

Edible Shasta Butte (, (530) 345-9509  (publication features local foods)

Apitherapy (  (Yes, bee venom can be therapeutic.)

The Middle Mountain Foundation. They are dedicated to preserving the Sutter Buttes and hold  regularly scheduled interpretive hikes and programs. (



The prices listed below are from Dadant's 2010 Catalog.  All honey produced from the following list of equipment will have to be squeezed (messy) or extracted from combs with an extractor.   There is no information given here for production of comb honey.


Bee Housing:

The boxes in which bees are housed are commonly called hive bodies or supers, which are available in three sizes: deep (9 5/8') used by commercial and many hobby beekeepers, medium or Illinois (6 5/8') and shallow (5 11/16”), which are used for honey harvesting. A common practice is to use two deep hive bodies for the bees' housing and to add shallow supers for the honey crop. 

    Because a deep hive body, full of bees and honey, may weigh 100 pounds or more, and when filled with honey alone weighs 80 pounds, the use of medium depth hive bodies is becoming increasingly popular.  Two or three medium-sized boxes are used for bees to raise young (brood) and store food, with additional medium supers added for the honey crop.  This has the advantage that all equipment is the same size, and components can be interchanged freely.

Recently, smaller eight frame hives, called garden hives, have been manufactured.  Check Dadant's catalog for styles and prices.  

A hive body is started with ten wooden frames, which have foundation secured in them. Foundation consists of starter pieces of beeswax, which is commercially available.  This foundation wax is drawn out by the bees to form honeycomb, where young bees (brood) develop and honey and pollen are stored.


Basic housing costs: 

One medium box with frames and beeswax foundation, $27.85.  Five complete medium boxes, $118.75.  One deep hive body with frames and beeswax foundation, $35.50. One shallow super with beeswax foundation and frames, $26.25.  Screened bottom board, $14.50.  Inner cover, $8.25.  Telescoping outer cover, $14.00.


Honeybees -- A starting package of three pounds of bees with a queen sells for about $50.00


Beekeeper Supplies including construction materials:

Hat and veil, $22.90.  Smoker, $28.95.  Hive tool, $7.25.  Frame eyelets, $5.75.  Frame wire (700 feet), $4.25.  Spur embedder, $5.45.  Bee brush, $3.85.


Total price for five medium boxes, beekeeper supplies, and one 3 pound package of bees is $247.15.


A hive stand can consist of two cinder blocks –Be sure to use a good quality wood glue


Bees in schools---Lee Edwards, 283 Red Tape Rd., Cherokee, CA  95965-9115  (530) 534-0400