Ruhl Bee Supply

2014 Package Bees: Italian
Update April 9, 2014: Estimated arrival dates have been set for Package Bees.  The packages will be distributed in two separate groups, Group A and Group B.  Customers have been assigned a Group and a pick up date.  An e-mail notification went out 4/9 with this information.  If you didn't provide an e-mail at time of order (this applies to very few), we will call you with the arrival information.  We encourage everyone to keep checking this page for any changes to the schedule.  GROUP A delivery date: April 23rd.  Group B delivery date: April 30th.  We recommend picking your bees up on the day they come in.  Store hours are extended on the arrival date (8:30 am to 6:30 pm).  We expect to start distributing bees close to 9:00 am.  If not possible to come on first day (Wednesday), bees must be picked up by Thursday or Friday at latest.  Please keep in mind that the longer the bees wait, the higher the attrition rate.    

Update March 24, 2014: We have sold out of Package Bees for this season. Please e-mail us with your name and daytime phone if you would like to be on a waiting list in case we are able to provide more: 
 3 lb packages of Honey Bees including a naturally mated queen. Available with an Italian Queen. Package Bees will be distributed in late April (exact dates TBD).  

2014 Nucleus Hives: Italian or Carniolan
Update April 3, 2014: Nucleus Hive arrival dates have been set. We have sent e-mail notification with your assigned arrival date. Please call if you haven't received an e-mail (503) 657-5399.  Update March 6, 2014: We have completed taking orders for Nuc Hives for this season.  If you would like to be on a waiting list in case we are able to provide more, please e-mail us with your name and daytime phone number at: If you paid a Nuc Hive Deposit earlier in the season and need to finalize your payment, please click here to pay the balance.  Nucleus Hives consist of 4 frames of bees and brood with a young newly mated queen.  New this year: Nucs are available with either an Italian Queen or Carniolan Queen. Nucs will be distributed starting in early April through approximately early May (Pick up date will be assigned to customer, exact dates TBD). 

2014 Queens
Queen bees will be available weekly from approximately late April-early September. Queens are naturally mated.  They come in a 3-hole cage and have attendants and a food supply.  Varieties available to order are Italian  and New World Carniolan.  Both are bred for hygienic behavior.  Marked queens are available for $1.00 extra.  Queens are $33.00. 

About Italian and Carniolan bees:  
Colony behavior can vary significantly from hive to hive. Further, bee behavior can change by selective breeding within the race. Keep in mind that bee traits you see described on websites and in beekeping books are often citing the traits of the original stock (from Italy or Slovenia, for example) but these European (old world) bees have been selectively bred in North America (new world) for specific traits since they were first introduced here from Europe.  So they might deviate in behavior from the old world stock. 

The Italian bee is generally described as gentle and productive.  We handle thousands of colonies, and we find this to be true.  We consider the Italian bee to be great for suburban beekeeping because of its gentle characteristics combined with good honey productivity.  The New World Carniolan bee is thought to do well in colder, more mountainous climates. But, in our experience, the New World Carniolan tends to be quicker to defend its hive, so is perhaps less well suited to backyard beekeeping where you have close neighbors.  Carniolans also tend to maintain a smaller cluster during the winter, and are late to build up brood in the spring--great traits for mountain foothill bee survival.  However, the increase is quick when it happens, which can lead to unexpected swarming early in the season.  
Italian Honeybee on Lavender (Notice the yellow and black striping on the abdomen.)
Carniolan Honeybee on Thyme (Notice the grey and black striping on the abdomen.)
Visit our Gladstone store:
17845 SE 82nd Drive,
Gladstone, Oregon 97027

Or call us: 503-657-5399