Lappe's Bee Supply
Wondering where to buy strong, healthy Carniolan package honey bees for bee keeping? Lappe's Bee Supply and Honey Farm LLC is now taking orders for 3 pound packages of bees with Carniolan queens that will be available for pick up in mid April 2020. 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 loer price to begin withand 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 Carniolan queen, and she will be in a queen cage, hanging within the package of bees so the worker bees can get used to her pheromone. Please note: we do not recommend having the queen's wings clipped and do not offer any wing clipping services. 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 beehives and have it shipped to you ahead of time, please place on a separate order from your package(s).
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.
First and foremost, Carniolan bees are extremely gentle for bee keepers to work. In fact, during the summer months when the honey flow keeps them busy, it will appear as though they could care less that you are in their bee hive. If you do have an aggressive hive, it could be a sign that you have mites; having a higher Varroa mite population can agitate the bees, which will make them more aggressive towards you when you approach their colonies. Carniolan honey bees build up their population early in the spring, and they are able to maintain high populations all summer due to the mated queens laying lots of eggs. This strong workforce will result in excellent honey production, Carniolan bees are excellent pollinators. They are also very adept at adjusting worker population to nectar flows. Carniolans can rapidly expand workers after nectar becomes available in the early spring, but can also cut off brood production when honey flow cuts off. Consequently, Carniolan honey bees are able to have large stores of honey and pollen during the summer, but because of this, they can have a higher tendency to swarm if not kept under careful observation, and each hive can issue several swarms. Another good trait of the Carniolan honey bee is that they get out to forage earlier in the morning, and stay out longer in the evenings. They are also good foragers on cool, wet days, getting out of the hive while some other strains of bees stay in. It is easy to have several Carniolan honeybees colonies in one apiary, since the Carniolan worker bee is less prone to robbing than other strains of bees.
Carniolan bees easily adapt to most climates, and they have good resistance to Varroa mites, wax moths and other honeybee pests; we still recommend treating each spring and each fall against mites, though, since there is no such thing as a honey bee that is totally resistant to the Varroa mite. Carniolan bees produce minimum propolis and keep a clean hive. They also have an excellent sense of direction, and tend to drift between hives less than other types of bees. Carniolan honey bees are able to overwinter successfully in smaller numbers, which means they are better than some other types of bees at conserving food stores, which makes them better in areas that have longer winters. Generally, Carniolan bees are darker in appearance than other types of bees, although they have been known to have "tiger striped" rings on their bodies. Some Carniolan families may have also been crossed with some Italians, either inadvertantly or on purpose, which can result in a lighter colored bee. One downside to the darker color is that the queen herself can be a darker color, which makes her harder to find on the frames in the brood box, since she can tend to blend in with the other bees and the combs. As long as eggs can be seen in the cells of the honeycomb, though, you can be guaranteed and rest assured that she is in there and doing her job.
We sell bee packages to customers all around the Midwest United States, including North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio. Our packages are brought to us from our suppliers in California 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! Our package bee suppliers 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! 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 learn how to keep bees to become a successful and happy beekeeper; keeping bees and raising bees is a fascinating and very rewarding hobby!
Service was great. Was notified when bees were to be in and when they were delayed, was notified promptly again with a new pick up date. Very friendly people and easy to work with. Bees and the queen came in a container I'd never seen or used before. I did not like that I couldn't see inside and was unable to tell how many were dead. I had to keep them in the cage an extra day after picking them up due to the weather and it just made me nervous not being able to see what was going on inside the cage. The queen came in a cage by herself and there was no candy plug. I have never seen this before and wasn't sure what to do. Of course I didn't research it because I didn't see her until I was installing them so I just pulled the plug and hoped she was excepted by the others. But they survived once installed and are doing wonderful, so all is well.
The new plastic packages are pretty cool. The bees are healthy as can be and got right to work as I was putting them in the hive.
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!
these bees are great when received and doing well
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.
Always more then happy with package bees I pick up .very few dead and always in fantastic condition.
Lappe? is easy to find and well organized pickup. Loved their store . Bees were buzzing and healthy. Great experience. thank you.