About Alder Creek Honey
Providing the Corvallis and local area with raw honey, products of the hive, swarm removal and commercial crop pollination services for the smaller farmers fields and orchards in the Willamette Valley. We are small and we like it that way, so we can provide personal custom products and services.
Honey & Hive Products
We offer a wide variety of honey flavors and colors, along with an assortment of lip balms in tubes and tins. We can also provide you with custom bottled honey for gifts or weddings.Read More
Honey Bee Swarms
Collecting swarms and relocating them to our apiary is a free service we offer. If you locate a honey bee swarm, give us a call right away. Thanks for saving the honeybees!Read More
Commercial Crop Pollination
Whether you need 4 hives, 24 hives or more, contact us for your commercial crop pollinating needs in the Willamette Valley. We will provide you with quality hives at a fair price.Read More
Another year begins…
We are currently getting ready to take some of our hives to California to give them a jump start again this year. Last year was a huge success, our hive came back boiling over with bees. We were able to do multiple splits of our hives, by adding queens that picked up while in CA on the return trip home.
Right now we are feeding our bees extra sugar blocks and protein patties. They also have been doing a little bit of flying on the warmer days and bringing in pollen. Great to see, even though it is still January!
The blackberry flow is on! The bees are VERY active bringing in the nectar and dehydrating it down in the comb. Should be a very good your for honey production from the berries. Fortunately my hives were ready for it. Amazing how fast they can fill a box with honey.
Added some hives to a crimson/red clover mix this morning. What a beautiful crop! Bees were all over the clover, hopefully there will be some great honey coming from it.
We’ve just placed hives in an apple orchard. Amazing how early the trees are blooming. As soon as we opened the hives they were flying and getting oriented. After placing other hives I went back to photograph these 3 hives. The air was a constant buzz of bees flying!!
Hopefully the nice weather holds so the apple blossoms and newly set fruit don’t get hit by a late season freeze.
First Honey Bee Swarm of 2015
Picked up my first swarm on Tuesday the 17th in Albany. This was from an oak tree hive that I got 5 swarms from last year. This year I will be trapping the hive out of the tree because the owner says it disturbs people walking down the sidewalk in front of his house. Better to trap it out then have it exterminated.
The weather has been wonderful for the bees! It also has brought the fruit trees on early. We received a call and asked to move hives into a small orchard helping their trees get pollinated since there were not pollinators in the area. Plums are blooming now with apples and cherries to follow. Hopefully my hives get the job done again this year.
If you need pollination for your orchards or crops, give us a call.
Just got back from a trip to California where I dropped off 6 hives. Made for a long trip, left Friday evening at 10:45 pm, arrived about 7:00 am. Unloaded, fed the bees, talked to the landowner for a bit, ate breakfast in Chico and headed straight back. Got home at 6:00 pm on Saturday.
My bee partner and I take our bees to CA currently to help them get a jump start on building up for the summer season. After a couple months we bring them back and split the hives into multiple hives with new queens. We are hoping for another great year down there since last year was a great success. The plan is to turn the 6 hives into at least 18 hives, possibly 24 since we added an extra brood box to give the queen more room to lay eggs in. We’ll see!!!
The hives are not in the almond orchards, they are in the foothills over looking almonds and citrus orchards. There is also plenty of manzanita blooming which the bees love. Last year they filled our feeders with comb and honey, so it will be interesting to see what we return to in April. I’ll post again with more pictures when we pick them up.
Christmas – Corvallis Honey
We wanted to thank all those who purchased our Corvallis honey to give as gifts! It’s a honor to be selected as a source for your gifts. We hope that you select us again next year. Have a great 2015!!!