Packaged Bees Available Now for Pre-Order

3 lb. and 4 lb. packages of Italian or Carniolan bees are now available for pre-order!

Package Bee Prices:

3 lb. Italian:  $150

3 lb. Carniolan:  $150

4 lb. Italian:  $170

4 lb. Carniolan:  $170

Traveling with live bees is a risky business. Weather conditions can suddenly change and compromise the health of the bees in route. We want to acknowledge last year’s unfortunate event of the packaged bees being shocked from weather conditions while traveling in which we made a crucial call to cancel the delivery of pre-ordered bees the morning of pick up day. It was truly heartbreaking.

With sincerity, we are very happy to share that our extremely hard-working beekeeper Fred Selby was able to save 120 packages out of the 160! Almost an 80% recovery with 100% of the credit due to Fred.

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 apiary in California. 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.

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

Packages will arrive approx. late April. The exact date is determined by weather and other delivery circumstances. We will send email updates as well as update our website with current information about dates and times for pickup as we know them. Please call if you have any questions or need to discuss pick-up day accommodations.

We are taking orders until close of business Sunday, April 12th.  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, April 12th.

Ready to order?  CLICK HERE

Still have questions?  Call (541) 929-3524 or email bees@shonnards.com