You may find bees, beehives, and bee nests in the open. Nests are randomly generated blocks housing bees, and beehives are the version you can craft. You may wonder how to get bees in a beehive in Minecraft, though.
Bees are one of the newest mobs in the game, so players don’t know all the answers yet. Also, they are unique. Contrary to other animals, you can’t tame them, and they are not hostile unless you attack.
Most importantly, bees work in bee nests and beehives, but taking bees to the beehive may be more difficult.
Our guide will help you through the process. Additionally, we’ll provide you with the essential information you need to understand bees.
How Do Bees Work in Minecraft?
Bees are part of Minecraft’s apiculture system, and their use is producing honey, which you can use to make Honey Bottles. Honey bottles heal six hearts.
Bee nests spawn in oak and birch trees in specific biomes. Exploring these areas is the best chance of finding wild bees.
These bee nests fill up with honey and bees over time. By the way, to collect honey from a bee nest, you must right-click it (or the equivalent action on a controller) while holding a glass bottle.
You may also right-click it with sheers to collect honey. Regardless of what you do, you’d need to “pacify” the bees first. Otherwise, they will sting you and you will end up dying.
Collecting honey is easy enough. However, moving these bees to a location you choose can be difficult.
First, you need to build a beehive where they can live. Then, you can bring the bees to your hive or move the whole nest near your bee farm.
And once you put them in the hive, they will keep producing honey. Then, you can gather honey and combine it with glass bottles to create healing potions.
That said, luring bees to the hive has very specific steps -some of these are so specific that it’s funny.
How to Get Bees in Beehives in Minecraft?
First of all, here are all the materials you need to lure back the bees to your camp:
- Stacks of flowers
- Fences or trapdoors
- Stacks of glass (optional)
- Shears tool
- A campfire and a torch to lid the campfire
- A carpet (optional)
Here, we will cover various steps to take bees to your beehive. We’re guiding you with a beginner tutorial, but feel free to skip to whichever part you need.
Find Bee Nest
The first part of the process is finding wild bees in Minecraft. That depends on your exploration because spawns in the game are random.
Still, bee nests are the only place where you’d find bees. We recommend you primarily search for oaks and birch trees in Plains and Sunflower Plains.
Also, they can spawn in Flower Forest, Meadow, Birch Forest, and any other biome with Birch and Oak trees.
To find the bee nests faster, you can pick any flower from these biomes and then place the flower on the ground. Bees flock to flowers if they are close by, so if you manage to lure them to a flower, it means there’s a nest close to you.
Pacifying the bees is not strictly necessary, but we thought it is best to teach you the same. It will make the process of taking the bees back home easier and also allow you to gather honey freely.
There’re two ways to pacify the bees and avoid their anger. The best way is to place a lit campfire (or just fire) beneath the hive.
The fire can be around five blocks from the hive, and no obstructions must be blocking the smoke.
The smoke will pacify the bees, but because the fire may damage the bees, you should put a carpet atop the campfire. The rug won’t block the smoke, and the smoke is all you need.
The second method of pacifying bees is putting a trapdoor on the hive. You’d want to follow this method on Bedrock Edition, as carpets will block the smoke on Bedrock.
For Bedrock Edition, there’s an alternative method. You can dig a hole beneath the beehive, put the lit campfire in the hole, and fence the campfire, so the bees don’t get close.
Luring bees requires any type of flowers (including wither rose and 2-block flowers), leads, and a fence post.
If you decide to do it with leads, you must put a trapdoor on the hive and then put leads between the bees and the fence post. Make sure all of the bees are connected to the fence post before you proceed.
By now, you should have the following:
- All bees connected to each other with a lead
- A fence on the bee nest
- The lead is secured on the fence
- A campfire beneath the beehive
- Trap-drops around the campfire, so the bees don’t burn themselves
Next, you should close all of the areas with blocks of glass. We’re doing this because we want to breed the bees.
Trapping the bees is optional; its purpose is to force them to stay around you. However, another way to do it is by holding a flower in your hand, which makes them follow or remain around you.
After you secure the area around the bees, start placing flowers in the ground. The bees will eat the flowers and breed. Soon, you’ll see a baby bee.
Now, you wait for a couple of minutes. The bees will go back to work and produce honey and honeycombs. Honeycombs are essential for the process.
We trapped and pacified the bees. Now, we can loot honeycomb from the bee nests without bees attacking you or dying. To gather honeycombs from bee nests, you can use the Shears tool.
Then, to craft the beehive, place the three honeycombs in the middle brackets, and six oak plants in the top and bottom brackets.
Now, because the bees are trapped, you can take your time to build a beehive or a bee farm, like so:
But if you need to break anything to exit the bees’ enclosure, make sure to place close it back.
Take Bees to Beehive
Finally, let’s lure the bees back to the beehive. So, go back to the trapped bees and put all of the bees on a lead. You can walk over to your beehive and trap them in a new enclosure.
By the way, you can build a bee farm with glass as well. Also, put flowers all over the place, a door, and as many beehives as you’d want. You can leave the bees there, and they will happily produce honey for you.
To wrap everything up, you can break the original nest because bees sometimes may fly back home.
Alternative Method: Use Flowers
The alternative method is using flowers, which is much easier. Start by picking up a flower and finding a bee. The bee will follow you if you’re holding a flower in your hand.
You can put the flowers on the action bat and then use the flowers against the bees. That will make bees breed and produce a baby, and the baby bee will follow you.
After the bees breed, they will follow you or remain nearby. What you can do is keep feeding them flowers so they keep multiplying. It will take a few minutes to produce about a dozen bees for your beehive.
They will follow you or remain nearby if you’re holding a flower. You can keep feeding them flowers, so they keep breeding. It will take a few minutes to produce about a dozen bees for your beehive.
So, you must do a craft and place the beehive. It means you must gather the beehive materials either way, which is why we recommended the first method.
Also, you can lure the bees back to your base or the bee farm you built and close the door behind you.
Alternative Method: Silk Touch Enchantment
There’s an alternative method. If you have the Silk Touch enchantment on a tool, you can break the nest with the tool. If you do this, you can loot a nest full of bees, and the bees won’t be angry.
So, you can use the nest again near your beehive and breed them with flowers. Then, the new bees will automatically go to your hive.