For Texas Landowners

Information about hosting beehives for our landowners in Texas:

TIMELINE:

  • We place bees in either November or March, remove in May

    • November hives come from North Dakota

    • March hives come from California after almond pollination is finished

  • We visit hives every couple weeks to feed, make splits, requeen, etc.

  • The bees are shipped (on semis under net) to North Dakota for the summer

  • Bees can typically be moved out from the location in 24hrs if needed

WHAT’S IN IT FOR THE LANDOWNER?

  • A case of honey and/or barbecue sauce for each location

  • A gift of some sort (sweatshirt, t-shirt, hats, gloves, etc.)

  • Potential tax savings

WILL I GET STUNG?!?

  • Highly unlikely. Honeybees are very non-aggressive compared to hornets and wasps

  • Honeybees will only sting if threatened, i.e. getting caught in your hair/clothing or disturbing their hive

WHAT MAKES A GOOD LOCATION FOR BEES?

  • We need about 20 x 100 feet for 128-256 hives, plus room to turn around a truck and forklift

  • Relatively level and smooth

  • Not wet (we won’t visit if the roads are soft anyway)

  • Great locations: abandoned oil wells, pastures (cows & horses ok), corners of hayfields, etc

  • We need to stay 1.5 - 2 miles from another bee location (bees forage 2 miles in any direction)

You can always contact us at: bees@lambshoneyfarm.com