100 Years Tradition
Continuing with a 100+ year old family tradition, our aim is to support honeybees and wild bees as well as improve their environment. We advocate ’natural’ beekeeping using bee-friendly, bee-appropriate methods.
Our apiary was founded in the USA by Pedro and Bee Ferreira in keeping a 100+ year old family tradition dating back to Peter’s paternal grandfather in his ancestral roots of Portugal.
Our main apiary is located in Waterbury, Connecticut between the Naugatuck Valley mountain range and the beautiful Litchfield Hills. We also have hives in other locations including Naugatuck, Watertown and Danbury Connecticut. This highly productive and fertile region offers a dynamic interplay between beekeeping and agriculture. Our colonies consist mainly of Carniolan, Italian and Buckfast Honey Bees. We are small producers of natural raw honey straight from the hive and are dedicated to lecturing and teaching all about beekeeping and our pollinators.
Natural raw honey contains enzymes that are beneficial to your health and just tastes better compared to the imported honey usually found at the supermarket. Our bees make their honey from a variety of seasonal flowers including wildflowers. The honey is spun from the honeycomb and lightly strained to remove the wax bits while preserving the beneficial enzymes and small pollen particles that help individuals that suffer from local allergies.
Continuing with a 100 year old family tradition, the Honey Shack & Ferreira Apiary aim is to support honeybees and wild bees as well as improve their environment. We keep honeybees to promote bee health and welfare rather than maximize honey production. Supporting bees can be achieved in several ways. These range from simply being more bee-aware in your garden, planting bee friendly plants and not using pesticides and poisons through to providing habitat and housing for bees by leaving areas of ground undisturbed, putting up ‘bee-hotels’ or maintaining a beehive. We offer classes and lectures at different venues, to learn about bees and their nature with thought and discussion about how best to care for them. We encourage attendance at lectures and apiary meetings to learn about, and see, bees in a way that is less likely in non-intrusive husbandry. The approach we have adopted is one of education about bees and their nature, with thought and discussion on how best to care for them, rather than training in a particular husbandry and hive type. Members use a range of hives including vertical and horizontal top bar hives and framed hives.
Pedro Ferreira, is a third generation beekeeper, currently finishing is Master-Beekeeper certification at the prestigious Cornell University in Ithaca New York. Pedro’s love for nature and beekeeping shows in the way he teaches and handles he’s bees and how calm they are around him, students and visitors. “I first became interested in bees as a child in Portugal where, every spring, my grandfather took me on long hikes along his farm-lands in Souselas (PT) to visit his apiaries.”
HONEY BEE SWARM REMOVAL
Bee swarm removal is not something for the unequipped to try themselves, but that does not mean you have to call in the pest control company or the bee exterminator! It’s possible to have bees removed humanely and most times even free of charge – as beekeepers we do not charge for this service! A bee swarm is a fascinating sight, although it may unnerve some people! A dense cloud of bees whirling into the air – even on a warm sunny day, can cause panic. However, the first point to note is that a bee swarm is NOT looking to attack you.
The bees are merely looking for a new place to make a home. In doing so, a honey bee swarm may rest in a particular place whilst scout bees go off to find a suitable place to make a permanent nest. Please respect the bees! Keep children and pets away. Don’t spray or throw things at them! Give us a call at (203) 721-2277 and we will help you the best we can to remove them from your property!
HIVE SETUP & MAINTENANCE
Our hive set-up and maintenance services usually start in the spring when we install a colony of honey bees in a wooden hive at your site. Then, during the summer months, we check on the colony every two weeks to make sure it is healthy and functioning well. Around the first of August, we harvest any excess honey the bees have produced and begin preparing the bees for the winter. After the killing frost in the fall we winterize the hives to help keep them alive during the cold winter months. If you are interested in having a colony on your site, contact us to schedule and perform an initial site assessment and introductory visit. During this visit we will check to make sure your site is conducive to supporting honey bees. Don’t assume your site is not good for bees without checking with us!
A big part of our mission is to support those interested in learning beekeeping and our service provides an opportunity for you to see what is involved in caring for honey bees. It is our goal to “give back” to the honey bee and we are using this service as a means of helping us accomplish this goal. We would be honored if you choose to join us in our efforts.
Taking a beekeeping class is essential for today’s beekeeper. Be well informed before you start keeping bees by enrolling in one of our beekeeping classes.
Our classes for 2018 are already filling up, however we continue to add more classes to our schedule to accommodate the growing interest in beekeeping.
NUC’s & QUEENS
One of the most common ways of starting a new hive is to buy a ‘Package Of Bees’ from a bee supply company. On the east coast of the US, most packages are produced by companies in the State of Georgia or California. Above is a three pound package of Honey Bees as it arrives from a bee supplier. There are about 10,000 bees inside plus a Queen Bee in a small screened cage in the center out of sight. She is accompanied by two or three worker bees who attend to her every need during the period of shipment. There is also a large can of sugar syrup in the center of this mass of bees. This can is upside down with numerous pinholes punched in the lid to provide food for their journey to their new bee hive. A small wooden cover is nailed over an opening on the top of the box to provide access to its contents, the Queen Bee cage, the thousands of worker bees in the clump that you see and the can of sugar syrup. To purchase bee packages please click the Buy Now button. You do not need a Paypal account. Simply select to pay with debit or credit card. Once you make the purchase please print the purchase confirmation page as your receipt.
3Lbs Italian Bee Packages from Georgia – $125 (cash or check)3Lbs Italian Bee Packages from Georgia – $129 (Paypal or Credit Card) Please make checks payable to:
22 Devonwood Dr.
Waterbury CT 06708
We raise premium quality bees (NUC’s). We breed our bees to be robust and healthy, as well as excellent pollinators and phenomenal honey producers.
The term “nuc” is short for nucleus colony. Nucs, or nucleus colonies, are small honey bee colonies created from larger colonies. The term refers both to the smaller size box and the colony of honeybees within it. The name is derived from the fact that a nuc hive is centered on a queen, the nucleus of the honey bee colony.
All our NUC’s are raised locally from local Connecticut overwintered bees and queens.
During the 2018 season we will have Italian and Buckfast NUCs available. Please contact us for more information and/or reserve your NUC.
For the service of extracting, leave us 1/3 of the honey by weight
Minimum of two 8 or 10 frame supers, please.
$3.00 per frame (mediums or shallows), $4.00 per frame (deeps)- take your honey home in buckets or we will fill jars for you
Minimum charge $48.00
Other Extracting Needs:
We stock honey gates so you can bottle your own honey easily ($12.95)
We stock 5 gallon food-safe buckets with lids (buckets $9.95, lids $3.00)
We stock 12 and 16 fluid ounce jars with lids – $1.35 each
We will fill our jars with your honey – $2.00 each, filled
We will cut comb from unwired thin foundation supers and put it into 4″ square boxes for $2 per box.
We will buy your bulk honey for the market rate per pound – please call or stop by for the price this week, as it fluctuates with market demand
Ask about selling us frozen pollen from your apiary. We carry an excellent pollen collector for 10-frame hives.*We cannot process honey crystallized in the comb.)
We Sell Local, All Natural Honey!
The Honey Shack & Ferreira Apiary is an urban apiary located in Waterbury, CT. It is a peaceful oasis surrounded by gardens of colorful flowers and herbs. Our honey is pure, raw honey and remains unprocessed from hive to bottle, perfectly maintaining all of the enzymes, amino acids, pollens, vitamins, and trace minerals naturally found in raw honey. Our honey is rich in flavor, containing many benefits and is produced by our own bees in the Naugatuck Valley and Litchfield Hills fields. The honey is then gently and responsibly harvested at our own facility without cooking, pasteurizing, filtering, or adding to the natural goodness found in raw honey.
We never use force filtering, which requires excessive heat and removes the benefits of the natural pollen honey contains. Our honey is naturally fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free and gluten free. Full of pollen and propolis, lightly filtered honey has natural anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties, and will help boost your immune system and bring good health! Our honey tastes really good and is really good for you!
All our products are made in the good ‘ole USA!
What Is Bee Stock?
Honey bees, like all other living things, vary among themselves in traits such as temperament, disease resistance, and productivity. The environment has a large effect on differences among bee colonies (for example, plants in different areas yield different honey crops), but the genetic makeup of a colony can also impact the characteristics that define a particular group.
Beekeepers have long known that different genetic stocks have distinctive characteristics, so they have utilized different strains to suit their particular purpose, whether it be pollination, a honey crop, or bee production.
We carry a wide range of the tools you will need for your regular hive upkeep and collection of honey. We feature several bee smokers that will fit your specific needs.Take a look through our beekeeping tools and bee hive smokers to make your beekeeping life easier.
Beekeeping Jackets, Suits & Gloves
It is very important to create a safe environment for you and your bees. Using the proper protective gear when interacting with your beehive can be the difference between remaining safe or ending up stung. Our beekeeping suits and jackets will keep you safe and protected at all times. We feature several different veil designs including the fencing veil and the round veil design. Our bee jackets and suits allow full head and face protection while allowing great ventilation and visibility. Our heavy duty beekeeping suits and jackets come in several different sizes including youth sizes for children.
Protect yourself with gloves and beekeeper hats that are proven to keep you safe. Comfortable to wear, our beekeeping hats and gloves prevent you from getting stung and allow you to effectively manage your beehives.