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Beginning Beekeeping Starter Kit Special

Beekeeping Starter Kit

We are pleased to be able to offer this beginning beekeeping starter kit for only $299. This basic kit contains the bare essentials you need to start beekeeping.

Our Beekeeping Starter Kit includes:

  • Our screened bottom board with a pull-out tray
  • 2 deep brood boxes – assembled and painted
  • 20 wood frames with wax coated plastic foundation
  • Inner cover
  • Top cover
  • Smoker
  • Bee brush
  • Hive tool
  • Cotton jacket with choice of veils

This special is available through March 31st. Only available in store.

2018 Russian Nucs now available for preorder

Russian Nucleus Colony


To Bee or Not To Bee, along with Honeybee Keep, is pleased to be offering Russian Nucs for spring of 2018 delivery.

These Russian nucs, raised by David Coy, Vice President of the Russian Honey Bee Breeder’s Association, have been bred primarily for Varroa mite and Nosema resistance, and honey production. Members of the association follow strict protocols to maintain the genetic purity of these bees including genetic testing.

Nucs are expected to be delivered to To Bee or Not to Bee between mid-April and early May.

Pre-order yours today in our online store!

Our Russian nucs have proven very popular and are sold out!

You can see what other options are available here.


Nucs for sale 2017

Nucs for sale

Nucs now available

We now have nucs for sale via our web store. Nucleus colonies (nucs) can be a better option than a package in Colorado for a couple of reasons. Because nucs typically include a frame of food, they can be a little easier to maintain. Colorado weather in the spring can be unpredictable, and having food in your new colony will help. Nucs also include brood and drawn comb. This can give your colony a head start when compared to a package.

The parent colonies of these nucs spend winter in Colorado until Almond season. After their pollination contract, the beekeeper splits the hives and adds a 2017 Italian queen to the nuc. They are then brought home to Colorado by Lazy Bee Ranch in a climate controlled trailer to help prevent temperature stress on the bees.

Lazy Bee Ranch expects to be delivering these bees to To Bee or Not To Bee in the first half of May. The exact date and time of delivery have yet to be determined. Date and time may change due to the unpredictable nature of Spring on the front-range.

You are responsible for picking up your bees on delivery day or finding somebody to get your bees for you. To Bee or Not To Bee will not hold or care for your bees beyond the scheduled delivery period. You may cancel your order before April 1st for a 20% administrative fee. After April 1st, there are no refunds for canceled orders.

We do not ship bees, so please check the box for in-store pickup when you see it during the checkout process.

Select Jackets on Clearance

Select Beekeeping Jackets are $20 off!

Ventilated Jackets with hooded veils, a steal at the previous price of $99, have been further reduced to $79.

Round veil Jackets regularly $69.95, are now $49.95.

We are unveiling our new clothing line soon and need room on the shelves.

Size selections and quantities are limited to the stock on hand. This offer does not apply to Dadant clothing.

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