2019 Package Bee Pre-orders Available Now!

3 lb. and 4 lb. packages of Italian or Carniolan bees are now available for pre-order.
We are proud to offer packaged bees made by our beekeeping specialist, Fred Selby. Fred is a second generation beekeeper from Chico, California. The bees are from his father’s commercial apiary, where he worked for 15 years before joining us at Shonnard’s. The packages include bulk worker bees and a young, mated, unmarked queen.  The queen is caged, and the bees are fed sugar syrup from a canister inside the package.

2019 Package Bee Prices:
3 lb. Italian:  $145

3 lb. Carniolan:  $145

4 lb. Italian:  $165

4 lb. Carniolan:  $165

A note about packages:  You are purchasing a mated Italian or Carniolan queen.  The bees accompanying her in the package are bulk bees not related to the queen, and can be a mix of Italian or Carniolan individuals.  You will see the true genetics of your queen expressed in your bees after a few brood cycles have been completed and your hive is established.  (For example, don’t be alarmed if light colored bees are in the package with your dark Carniolan queen!)

What are the main differences between Italian and Carniolan bees?  Click here for more information about the two races. 

Bee packages will arrive on Sunday, April 14th. The exact date is determined by weather in California and other delivery circumstances. Please call if you have any questions or need to discuss pick-up day accommodations.

We are taking orders until close of business Sunday, March 31st.  A partial refund will be given as a cancellation fee of $15.00 applies to all bee orders.  Purchase price is non-refundable after Sunday, March 31st.

We will send email updates as well as update our website with current information about dates and times for pickup as we know them.  However, occasionally email messages are mistakenly routed to junk mail folders, or voicemail messages don’t reach the intended recipient. If you haven’t heard from us by the end of March regarding the pick up of your bees, please call the store at 541-929-3524 or check our website for information.

Shonnard’s Nursery
6600 SW Philomath Blvd
Corvallis, OR  97333

Ready to order?  View our package selection here.
Still have questions?  Call (541) 929-3524 or email bees@shonnards.com