Package Bee Information - Please read thoroughly before purchase.
PICK UP ONLY- WE DO NOT SHIP Packages. Tentative pick up date is April 25, 2020 from 9 am - 4pm CT.
3 lb package of bees with mated queen. PICK UP AT OUR TRAINING CENTER IN FAIRMOUNT IL ONLY ON Estimated to be: 4/26/20 (we are 30 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. Bees must be picked up on April 25th, no exceptions, provided date does not change. No cancellations after April 1, but we can help resell your package (minus a 10% restock fee).
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 guarantee or 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, (when all the bees leave), 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. Many beekeepers fail their first year from making preventable mistakes.
David has a beekeeping mentorship program that puts you in touch with David's personal cell phone, email or text. You can call, email or text David when you think something isn't right with your bees. Click here for more information.
Get 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 (woodenware without bees)online to be shipped to your location, or give us a call to place an order for pick up prior to April 1. 217-427-2678. Click here for our Beekeeping Hives and Hive kits with bees.
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. Click here to register for our classes.
Pick up will be at our training center located at our office at 14556 N 1020 East Rd., Fairmount IL 61841. Directions: 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.