How to Breed Bees in Minecraft

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Bees are the latest addition to Minecraft, added with 1.15. They make many changes to the game, with the main one being their production of Honey inside of Beehives. You can get both Honeycomb and Honey Bottles.

Each Beehive can house up to 3 Bees. Once you craft a new Hive, Bee’s wont naturally spawn to it. Instead, you’ll either need to bring some from the wild, or breed your own.

We’re going to show you how you can breed more Bees below. For more Minecraft Guides and Best-of content, make sure to check out our dedicated area here.

How to Breed Bees

To breed Bees in Minecraft, you will need to have 2 Adult Bees ready, and it doesn’t matter if they belong to you or not. All you have to do to breed them is give them a flower each. They will enter ‘Love Mode’ and breed, making a Baby Bee instantly.

Breeding two Bees using flowers

Baby Bees aren’t loyal to the player, instead they act like any other Bee in-game, and will work at the nearest available Hive. They take 20 minutes to fully grow, with this being sped up by feeding a baby flowers.

How to Craft a New Hive

Now that you have extra Bees, they need a Hive to work at. You can craft a new Bee Hive using 3 Honeycomb and 6 Wooden Planks. Place the 3 Honeycomb in the middle slots, then surround it with Planks in the top and bottom slots.

Crafting Recipe for a Hive using Honeycomb

Honeycomb can only be obtained by using Shears on an existing Hive in-game. Bee Nests are identical to Hives, but spawn naturally, so you’ll have to find one in a Plains Biome and use Shears on it. 

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How to Make Bees Follow You

Bees will automatically work at any available Hive that’s close by. However if you need to take the Bees to the Hive, you’ll need to take them there. There are two ways of doing this.

Similar to other Minecraft Mobs like Sheep, Pigs and Cows, Bees will follow you if you are holding a certain item. In this case, it’s flowers. Hold onto any flower in your hot-bar and any Bees close-by will start following you.

Alternatively, you can place Bees on Leads, which can be crafted using 4 Strings and 1 Slimeball. It’s best to put any Bees on a lead that don’t have a Hive to work at, otherwise they might fly away.

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Phillip Anderson
Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!