3 lb. Package Honey Bees WITH Italian Hybrid Queen

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3 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 in 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. 

Lappe's Bee Supply and Honey Farm LLC is now taking orders to reserve 3 pound packages of bees that will be available in April 2019. 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 may or may 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 to us by the supplier 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 charge a cage fee, and we do not require a cage exchange. 

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.

Package Honey Bees For Sale

Release Date: First pick up day is filled. Currently filling 2nd pick up day, which is not set yet, but will be early to mid May.


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3 lb pkg italian hybrid bees

Bees were in good shape after pickup and appear to be doing very well after installation in the hive and queen release.
Posted by Ruth Starman, Apr 30th 2018

3lb. package

My bees arrived in great shape. Pick up was busy, but organized and professional. The bees are working away. Would highly recommend.
Posted by Mike Beck, Apr 30th 2018

3lb packages

Pickup was easy. Bees were in great shape. Installed them the same day. 2 days later a blizzard came through. Even with cold weather they are laying great. Nice gentle bees.
Posted by Mark Graf, Apr 20th 2018

Honey Bees

My questions were answered by a courteous and friendly person who took the time to explain some basic information to a new Bee keeper.
Posted by Brett, Sep 29th 2017

My Package is doing great!

I installed my package April 8th in all brand new foundation. I treated them with Apigaurd. I fed them a pollen patty and 1 gal of sugar water with honey b healthy. Next 30 days we had a lot of colder weather but they drew out 3 frames. 60 days later 7 frames fully drawn out and queen is a laying machine! I just put on a second 10 frame deep with new foundation in it June 5th. I will be doing an alcohol test on them for mites. I haven't raised bees since the 1980's but these are my far the most gentle honey bees I've every been around! I'm now sold on the bloodline of these bees for the way they are gentle and have such strong queens.
Posted by jshowalter, Jun 7th 2017

great great

Posted by undefined, Apr 11th 2017

3 LB. package of Bees

This is my first year with bees and my first package could not have gone better. Lot of bees vary few deed ones. Vary happy. Hope the rest of the year goes as well as the first week.
Posted by Gregg Weinberg, Apr 11th 2017

3 lb. package honey bees

I ordered 3 of these and I can't wait for them to come in April! Better get your reservation placed soon, before they are sold out! Thank you Lappe's Bee Supply
Posted by undefined, Jan 27th 2017