3 lb. Package Honey Bees with Carniolan Queen


3 lb. Package Honey Bees with Carniolan 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 3 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.

Carniolan honey bee package bees are from a supplier in California who has over 25 years of experience in package bees and queen breeding. The package bees are brought to us with great care in a special made climate control truck that will keep the bees at the correct temperature, and bring in the right amount of fresh air. This will make sure that your bees are healthy and strong. 3 pound packages of honey bees come with a mated, unmarked young Carniolan Queen. Your package will include a mixture of nurse bees, forager bees, guard bees and drones. The queen bee will be in a queen cage hanging within the package of bees. 

Please note: Keep package bees in a cool, protected area with plenty of ventilation and out of the sun during the transport to your bee hive location. Keeping honey bees in a tightly enclosed location without sufficient air flow can seriously overheat them, which will result in a lot of dead bees, or ruin a queen's laying ability!

Carniolan bees build up their population early in the spring, and they are able to maintain high populations all summer because the queen lays a lot of eggs. This strong workforce will result in excellent honey production. Carniolan bees easily adapt to most climates, they overwinter well and they have good resistance to Varroa mites. They produce minimum propolis and keep a clean hive. Carniolan bees also have an excellent sense of direction, and tend to drift between hives less than other types of bees.

Package bees are for 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, but we will accept any unused cages from our customers. Please ask us if you would like to return your cage.

At Lappe's Bee Supply we work hard to supply you with the best bees, beekeeping equipment and supplies, and beekeeping knowledge that we can, to help you out along the path to becoming a successful and happy beekeeper! Please see here for handy instructions on how to install your package of honey bees into your bee hive.



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3-lb Carnolians

We purchased (4) 3-lb packages this year, and they are doing really well! Within 3 weeks they filled all 10 medium frames, and were almost busting at the seams. We took two frames for a split, and then added a second medium box a few days later. All four colonies are thriving. The queens are all showing beautiful laying patterns. The colonies are all calm and easy to work with. Thanks Kim and the gang at Lappe!
Posted by Kelly Schloss, Jun 13th 2019

carnolian package bees

these bees are great when received and doing well
Posted by ROBERT SPOONER, May 28th 2019

Package Bees

Pick up location was easy to find and well organized. These packages were every bit of 3 pounds and had very few dead bees in the cages. Well worth the 2 hour one way drive for me.
Posted by Zach Dunham, May 27th 2019

Package bees

Always more then happy with package bees I pick up .very few dead and always in fantastic condition.
Posted by Dave, May 24th 2019

Quick n Easy

Lappe’s is easy to find and well organized pickup. Must show your ID. Loved their little store . Bees were buzzing and healthy. Great experience. thank you.
Posted by Candace Eades, Apr 28th 2019