3 lb. Package Honey Bees with Italian Hybrid Queen


3 lb. Package Honey Bees with Italian Hybrid Queen

1-10: $125

11-49: $123

50-99: $121

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.


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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