2024 - 3 lb. Package Honey Bees with Italian Hybrid (Gentle Breed) Queen

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3 lb. Package Honey Bees with Italian Hybrid (Gentle Breed) Queen

Please note important information regarding shipping package honey bees: Packages are for pick up from us only; we will not ship the packages due to the stress that it will cause them. We will not give our customers a poor quality package of honey bees that will not perform well.

Package bees will be ready for pick up Spring 2024.

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 package(s) 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 abililty.

Wondering where to buy strong, healthy package honey bees? Lappe's Bee Supply and Honey Farm LLC is now taking orders for 3 pound packages of bees with Italian Hybrid queens that will be available for pick up in Spring 2024. Orders need to be placed ahead of time to make sure you get your bees; we normally do not have any additional packages available on our pick up days. Place your orders for live bees as early as possible, as packages can sell out pretty quickly. We do not charge a cage fee, and the package bee price already has sales tax built into it. Some places might show a lower price to begin with and then charge taxes and fees on top of that, but with ours the price you see is the end price that you get charged, with no extra fees! Your package will include a mixture of nurse bees, forager bees, guard bees and drones. The queen will be a mated, unmarked young Italian Hybrid queen, and she will be in a queen cage, hanging within the package of bees. Package bees are for pick up only from our location in East Peru, Iowa. If you are ordering other beekeeping equipment that you would like to pick up at the same time as your package(s), please feel free to place on the same order; however, if you would like to order other equipment and have it shipped to you ahead of time, please place on a separate order from your package(s).

Package Honey Bees Terms & Conditions


Highest Quality Guaranteed

Lappe's Bee Supply promotes successful beekeeping and is dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality of products possible. Our package bees carry a money back guarantee. If you do not agree that we are providing you with a high quality package of honeybees at the time of pickup, you do not have to accept that package, and we will give you a complete refund of the purchase price! The guarantee ends when the you leave with the package(s); anything that happens with the bees after that time is completely the customer's responsibility.


Italian Honey Bees Information

Italian Hygienic Hybrid honey bees are the most recommended for beginning beekeeping, because they are very gentle, easy to work with and are excellent pollinatros. The Italian Hybrid is considered the best all purpose bee. The queens lay a lot of eggs and larva, so they are able to build up their population early in the spring to bring in lots of pollen and nectar. They maintain a strong workforce all summer long by the continued high brood rearing, and as a result, they have an excellent foraging ability and high honey production during the honey flow. Strong beehives are able to resist wax moths and other bee colony pests more efficently. Italian bees are also good at producing comb honey. As with all packages, you will want to feed sugar syrup to them immediately after you place them in the beehive; by doing so, you will increase their beeswax production to get the them to pull the combs on the frames so the queen can start laying quickly. Italian bees easily adapt to most climates, they overwinter well, and they have a very good mite resistance; however, you still need to treat every spring and every fall for mites, since there is no such thing as a completely mite resistant honeybee. They also produce minimum propolis and keep a clean hive with lots of worker bees. Since they do have a good honey production, you will need to keep an eye on the amount of room that they have left in the hive. Once they fill up their brood nest honeycomb in the deep hive body, and no more honey supers are added, they will prepare to swarm. Each hive can issue several swarms. This was how the phrase "keeping bees" was coined!

We sell packaged honeybees to customers all around the Midwest United States, including listings in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio. We bring our packages here 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! We have over 25 years of experience in package bees and queen breeding. We have handy instructions here on how to install your package honey bees into your bee hive. If you are looking for live bee hives, you can't beat our packaged bees! Beekeepingsuppliesonline around East Peru Iowa United States online At Lappe's Bee Supply we work hard to supply you and fill your apiary or apiaries with the best bees and the highest quality beekeeping supplies that we can. It is our goal to help you out along the path to becoming a successful and happy beekeeper! online honeybeesonline around East Peru Iowa United States Looking for where to buy free shipping Italian queen honey bees for sale? We have them here!



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  • 5
    3# pkg with Italian queen

    Posted by Mark Reed on May 07, 2023

    Pickup was easy . First year bee keeper and s far so good hive is growing

  • 5
    3 pound package bees. Italian

    Posted by Nancy Warren on Apr 17, 2023

    Wonderful bees. Doing very well. Gentle!

  • 5
    Package bees

    Posted by Wynne Thomas Bishop on Apr 15, 2023

    Great company to work with. My bees were really healthy, and were exactly as I wanted. Lappes will continue to get my business

  • 5
    Buy these bees!

    Posted by Karl C. Gaiser on Sep 26, 2022

    This was my 2nd year keeping bees. I bought package here and another elsewhere. The bees I bought here are strong and produce a lot of honey. The other hive is just struggling after the 2nd year. These are just good bees.

  • 5
    Package bees with queen

    Posted by Steve Koehn on Apr 17, 2022

    I am a relatively new beekeeper, but I ordered 2 packages of bees from Lappes this year and I was impressed with their quality and care along with their professionalism. Would definitely buy from them again.!

  • 5
    Italian package bees

    Posted by Kate Warstler on May 02, 2021

    First time buying package bees from Lappes. Their bees are great. Fast builders beautiful brood pattern.

  • 5

    Posted by Emmalee Ramirez on May 02, 2021

    Very satisfied with customer service and the bees!

  • 5
    3 lb package Italian hybrid

    Posted by Travis Brant on Apr 27, 2021

    4th year in a row I have purchased bees and have always been of excellent quality

  • 5
    lost no bees at all...

    Posted by e g irelan, irelan farm on Apr 22, 2021

    I was surprised I lost no bees, as being new to the bees, I made some errors, but came out fine in the end....

  • 5
    I'm very satisfied with my 3 lbs packages! If I ever need more I'll be sure to get them from Lappes!!

    Posted by Gary Hines on Apr 22, 2021

    5 stars is good but 10 would be better!!!

  • 5
    bees packages

    Posted by Roberta Lynne Anderson on Apr 19, 2021

    This is the 2nd time I have bought bees from them. They are very professional and answer any questions. Their pickup for packages is awesome..

  • 5
    Italian Bee Packages

    Posted by Richard Holdcroft on May 13, 2020

    Picked up two packages on Saturday, 25 April. I was impressed that the queen cage already had fondant installed which made installation of the queen very easy. Checked the hive on Saturday, 9 May and queens have been very busy.

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