2 lb. Package Honey Bees with Italian Hybrid Queen
PLEASE NOTE: Package bees are for pick up only, so although you will get a quote during check out regarding free shipping, we will not ship packages due to the tremendous and unacceptable amount of stress that it adds to the bees - we will not provide our customers with packages that will not perform well!
We do not charge a cage fee, and the package price already has sales tax built into it, so the price you see is the end price that you get charged! Please note: we can not mark the queens that come inside the packages! Please click here to review our Package Bees Terms & Conditions. If you are ordering other equipment and you would like to pick it up along with your packages, you may do so on the same order; however, if you would like to order other equipment and have it shipped to you, please place separate orders.
Wondering where to buy bees? Lappe's Bee Supply and Honey Farm LLC is now taking orders for 2 pound packages of bees that will be available in April 2019. Orders need to be placed ahead of time to make sure you get your bees; we may or may not have any additional packages available on our pick up day. Packages can sell out pretty quickly.
Our packages are brought to us from our supplier in California in a custom designed, climate controlled truck that keeps the bees at just the right temperature with the right amount of fresh air, which guarantees that your bees will be the healthiest bees possible! Our supplier has over 25 years of experience in package bees and queen breeding. 2 pound package of bees comes with a mated, unmarked young Italian Hybrid Queen.
Please note: Package bees need to be transported to your bee hive location in a cool, protected area with plenty of ventilation and out of the sun. If your packages are in a tightly enclosed location without sufficient air flow, they will get seriously overheated, which can kill the bees or ruin your queens laying ability!
Italian Hybrid honey bees are the most recommended for beginning beekeeping, because they are very gentle and easy to work with and are considered the best all purpose bee. The queens lay a lot of eggs, so they are able to build up their population early in the spring and maintain a strong workforce all summer long, and as a result, they have an excellent honey production. Italian bees have a very good mite resistance, they easily adapt to most climates, and they overwinter well. They also produce minimum propolis and keep a clean hive. Your package will include a mixture of nurse bees, forager bees, guard bees and drones. The queen will be in a queen cage within the package of bees.
Package bees are pick up only from our location in East Peru Iowa. We do not charge a cage fee, and we do not require a cage exchange.
We have handy instructions here on how to install your package honey bees into your bee hive. At Lappe's Bee Supply we work hard to supply you with the best bees and beekeeping equipment that we can. It is our goal to help you out along the path to becoming a successful and happy beekeeper!