How does corporate beekeeping work?
We install a system of 2 or 3 beehives on your property and care for the bees using proven techniques and a regular inspection schedule. We will make sure the bees are healthy and thriving. If we believe the colonies need any treatments or supplemental feeding, it is included.
How much room do the hives need?
The hives require a space roughly 3' X 8'. We can install the hives at ground level or on a rooftop.
How often do beekeepers visit my hives?
In the spring, the honeybee colonies are expanding rapidly and need extra attention. During this time we will visit the hives weekly, as necessary, to monitor growth and health. As summer progresses the hives will need less attention and you can expect a visit every two weeks or so. During winter we may visit the hives monthly on warm days.
When do you install the beehives?
We typically start new hives in spring - in Colorado, April and May are prime months and we can install any time after then. It is possible to move established hives until weather turns cold in fall, but there is not always availability at that time, so to be sure you can get your beehives please plan to order early in the year.
Are my bees guaranteed to survive?
We do everything possible to help the bees thrive and survive winter, however it is still possible for a colony to become exposed to pesticides or diseases that we are not able to compensate for. In these rare case we fully guarantee the honeybee colonies and will replace them as soon as possible.
What do I do if I think something is wrong?
We are available 24/7 and have an emergency number to call if you see anything out of the ordinary and feel we should be informed. If anything is wrong we are available to come out at any time.
What kinds of programming do you offer?
We offer several kinds of experiences, from hive tours to employee presentations to company picnics. Please see our complete description of our Services here.
How do I schedule hive inspections and hive tours?
We will reach out proactively at least 24 hours in advance of a hive inspection. For hive tours with your employees, we will let you know at least one week in advance so that employees have enough time to sign up. We can have up to 6 people per hive tour. If you want to schedule an event for us to present to your employees, please provide us with at least 2 weeks' notice.
Will anyone get stung?
Statistically, it is no more likely that anyone will get stung if you have hives on your property than not. Please see a discussion of this topic here.