3 lb. Package Honey Bees with Italian Hybrid Queen
100 or more: $119
Lappe's Bee Supply and Honey Farm LLC will be taking orders to reserve 3 pound packages of bees that will be available beginning in April 2018. Please be sure to place your order ahead of time in order to get the bees that you need; we will be selling a large amount of packages this spring, but we will not have any additional packages available on our pick up days.
We get our packages of Italian Hybrid honey bees from a supplier in California who has over 25 years of experience in package bees and queen breeding. They are shipped here 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 guarantee that your bees will be the healthiest bees possible, and have the least amount of dead bees. 3 pound packages of honey bees come with a mated, unmarked young Italian Hybrid 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!
If you are looking for which type of bee that you should get for beginning beekeeping, Italian honey bees are the most recommended because they are very gentle, easy to work with and are considered the best all purpose bees. They 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. Italian 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.
Package bees are for pick up only from our location in East Peru Iowa. 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.