Package Bee Information - Please read thoroughly before purchase.
PICK UP ONLY- WE DO NOT SHIP Packages. Tentative pick up date is XXXXXX from 9 am - 4pm CT.
There is a degree of uncertainty when it comes to picking up bees and nucs because dates can fluctuate because of the volatile springs in the north or mechanical issues. If you are not able to work around this nature of farming, we suggest getting your bees, nucs and queens from a company that is local to you. We do not recommend getting our bees unless you live within a 2 to 2 & 1/2 hour drive of our farm.
3 lb package of bees with mated queen. PICK UP AT OUR TRAINING CENTER IN FAIRMOUNT IL ONLY ON Estimated to be: XXXXX (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 XXXX, 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. Have your equipment purchased, set up and ready to go before you bring bees home. We are an online store and happy to help you with all your equipment needs prior to package bee pick up weekend. While we have a small shop in the Training Center in Fairmount, IL, it is not our online store, and you will need to purchase all major equipment and hives prior to package bee pick up day.
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.