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Packages Of Bees & Nucs
Please read the following first before scrolling down to order bees.
Individual Package Bees go on sale on January 1 each year online only at honeybeesonline.com. Last year the single packages sold out in about 1 month, so don't delay! If you are looking for complete packages (hives, equipment, and bees) check out our Hive Kits.
Going on our 15th year providing bees in Central Illinois, our bees spend time in Wisconsin, where they are then taken to Florida to build up fast enough to come back to Illinois by late April. (Did you know? All package bees in the US start out in the south.) Our queens in the packages are from renown David Miska. Gentle bees, Italian strain, work well in our climate. 3 lbs with queen in the new "Bee Bus" packaging.
The pick up date is traditionally one of the the last Saturdays in April. Bees are available at our Training Center for you to pick up beginning at 9:00 a.m. to around 4:00 p.m. (This is the only day for pick up and there is no shipping of packages). This date is subject to change (it has changed in the past so be prepared!). Leave yourself time around the end of the month because of these date changes, we won't be able to work around travel, vacations or other issues you may have. While we do everything we can to alert you to any date changes, it is ultimately your responsibility to know when the pick up date is. (Did you know? You can check the website beginning April 1 for all updates and/or any changes.
Pick up will be at our Training Center Office located at 14556 N 1020 East Rd in Fairmount IL ( 2 hours south of Chicago, 1/2 hour east of Champaign-Urbana, 1 and 1/2 hours west of Indy). We recommend only customers within a few hours drive to pick up from our location.
After placing your order, look for a special email or postcard from David to tell you more about Package Bee Pick Up Date!! Our installation videos can be seen on You Tube.
Meanwhile, check out our beginning beekeeping workshops - online now! We also recommend reading First Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith Delaplane, Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping by Dewey Caron, Storey's Guide to Beekeeping or Langstroth's Hive and the Honey-Bee by L.L. Langstroth.
Take care of your bees during winter and you will not have to replace them with a new package from year to year. Check out our video on feeding bees our Winter-Bee-Kind feeding system during the winter.
Buying a package is easy. Keeping bees alive is much easier when you take our
Online Ultimate Beekeeping Course.