Oakley Family Apiaries

Helping Texas Beekeepers Keep Bees Successfully

Beekeeping Classes

Learn how to manage your honeybee colony throughout its yearly cycle. Classes and ongoing support for beginning beekeepers.

Beekeeping Equipment

Beehives and beehive kits, hive components, protective gear & tools, feeders & feeding supplements, pest management supplies.

Buy Bees

We're sold out of pure-bred Russian honey bees, nucs and starter beehive kits for 2021.

We will begin taking orders for the spring of 2022 this November.

Learn to Raise Bees Successfully

Are you interested in starting to raise bees?

Small-scale beekeeping is a fascinating adventure and can be rewarding as well. Yet beekeeping in Texas today is also challenging, particularly since the introduction of the parasitic Varroa mite and Africanized bees into the U.S. in recent decades.

Did you know that most beginning beekeepers stop keeping bees within only 2-3 years? Without adequate training and a proven plan, few beginning beekeepers make the transition from "bee haver" to successful "bee keeper".

Our desire is to help beginning beekeepers learn to raise bees successfully.

We provide training and ongoing support to beekeepers for our beehive management plan. And we provide the bees, equipment and accessories needed to implement this plan.

Comments from Our Students

Thank you for an enjoyable and insightful class.  As experienced beekeepers, my wife and I have had the opportunity to attend and to present several introduction to beekeeping classes.  Your class is different.

You cover the basics, but you look beyond the first few months and talk about how a beekeeper can survive the natural colony loss that occurs in today’s environment.  You teach a system that not only replaces natural losses, but also allows a beekeeper to increase their colonies and make beekeeping profitable or at the very least a breakeven proposition.  The value of what you are doing is to keep new beekeepers from burning out from frustration.

Even though we are in our seventh year as beekeepers and have attended many state and even nation conferences, we came home from your class with renewed enthusiasm and fresh ideas that we can use this year.

You gave us some valuable pearls of wisdom.

– Lolita and Joe from Boerne, Texas

Pure-Bred Russian Bees

We have been working with Russian Bees, and they have proven to have several superior qualities in comparison to the more commonly available Italian Honeybee.

There are certain differences in their grooming and brooding behavior that make Russian Bee colonies considerably more resistant to Varroa mites. Like the Italian Honeybee, they are excellent honey producers.

To work with them requires some differences in management approach. Please call us for more details.

Oakley Family Apiaries

Our family first became involved with beekeeping in 1975, when my Dad became a migratory beekeeper, wintering in Texas and traveling to North Dakota for the honey flow.

Having raised and worked with bees for many years, I have increasingly become focused on building a model for resilient, small-scale apiaries that are suitable for a family homestead or small farm.


Honey Bee Removal and Relocation

Serving Waco, Temple and Belton

Honey bees may take up residence in house walls, eaves, attics, trees or other structures around your home or yard.

If you need bees removed from your home, we can help.

We will locate the hive, carefully and safely remove the bees alive, remove any comb that they've built, and seal the wall or other entrance to prevent bees from re-infesting the enclosure. After that, we will relocate them and get them established at one of our apiaries. This will allow them to safely continue their important work.  Please call for a phone estimate for our bee removal and relocation service.

Please call for a free phone estimate.

For Live Bee Removal

Call (254) 340-4415

Free Phone Estimate

Beekeeping Articles

Beekeeping for Lower Property Taxes

Did you know that keeping just 6 colonies of bees on your 5+ acre plot may qualify your property for an “Ag Exemption,” thus lowering your property taxes?

Open beehive

Our Hive Management Approach

For many years I have been thinking of and developing an approach based on a self-contained bee colony that is sustainable and requires few inputs …

Looking at a frame from the hive

Our Beekeeper Mentoring Program

We are continuing to develop and test our mentoring program, which we make available to students who have completed our initial one-day beekeeper training workshop. Our mentoring program is a…