Package Bee Information - Please read thoroughly before purchase.
3 lb package of bees with mated queen. Italian. Limited Quantity. PICK UP AT OUR TRAINING CENTER IN FAIRMOUNT IL ONLY (we are 25 miles east of Champaign-Urbana, 2 and1/2 hours south of Chicago, 1 and 1/2 hours west of Indianapolis). We do not ship bees. Pick up tentatively last weekend in April, 2017.
Within a week after your purchase of your packages, you will receive a letter via email with detailed information. Please provide a valid email when purchasing your bees and read your email. Check your spam folder if you do not receive your email after a week.
Pick up is tentatively set for Sat., April 29. ** THIS DATE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE**. While we will do everything to keep you informed of changes to the pick up date, it is your responsibility to put the dates on your calendar and to check before coming to pick up your bees to be sure they are in and ready to go. Beginning April 1, we keep our phone lines and website updated with current information on dates--both of these can be accessed 24 hours a day. This is the only weekend bees will be available for pick up.
Our guarantee is that you will receive 3 lbs of honey bees with a live, mated queen. After you leave our location, we can no longer control the care of the bees, therefore it is your responsibility to keep them as healthy and happy as we have. We can not guarantee your queen's acceptance by the hive. Absconding does happen in 5 - 10% of all package bees in the US. We give several suggestions on how to reduce absconding when installing packages in our beekeeping classes.
We suggest getting all your equipment and hives PRIOR to bee pick up day. We would appreciate it so much if you would purchases your hives from us--that's what keeps us in business and being able to supply bees. Getting your hives prior to bees arriving allows you to understand the equipment, try out that smoker, prepare your hive location, to load your feeders, and spray your frames with sugar water. You can order your hives online to be shipped to your location, or give us a call to place an order for pick up. 217-427-2678. We suggest you do this no later than March 20.
We also highly suggest a beekeeping class or join our mentorship program. Because we depend so much on honeybees in our ecological systems today, and because the bees now deal with issues that were not problems up to 20 years ago, it's important that you know what you're doing, how to inspect hives, deal with pests and diseases, proper feeding, and winter maintenance.
Please watch for the email letter and read it thoroughly to understand all policies. Pick up will be at our training center located at our office at 14556 N 1020 East Rd., Fairmount IL 61841. Please follow these directions (some GPS units do not work for our location). From I-74, take the Oakwood Exit 206. Go south into town, to first stop sign in Catlin. Go straight a few miles south of Oakwood to the next 2-way stop sign (Catlin-Homer Rd). Turn left onto Catlin-Homer Rd., going down two country roads to 1020 East. Turn left, go down another 1/4 mile until you see our sign.
Cancellation and refund with 10% restock/resell fee up to April 1, 2016. No cancellations or refunds after April 1, 2016.