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Please read the following first before scrolling down to order bees (Jan1, 2020).
Individual Package Bees go on sale on January 1, 2020 online only at honeybeesonline.com. Last year the single packages sold out in about 2 weeks, so don't delay! If you are looking for complete packages (hives, equipment, and bees) check out our Hive Kits.
Going on our 11th 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.
We will email you with the date for pick up, which is traditionally the last Saturday 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!). 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 call us at 217-427-2678 starting April 1 and hear automated daily updates on pick up information and/or changes, or check the homepage of our website!)
Pick up will be at our Training Center 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.
Because we do not manufacture equipment at our Pick Up Location/Training Center location, please purchase all your hives and equipment PRIOR to package bee pick up, either by placing an order online at honeybeesonline.com and having it shipped directly to you, or placing an order with us and arranging a pick up time. (In late winter/early spring we have some weekend hours too!) We have a small store here for any small last minute items you may need on pick up day. (Did you know? Most of our customers sign up for one of our basic beekeeping workshops and pick up their hive and equipment at the same time and receive a pick up discount --just ask cashier!)
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 coming this spring (it is the first in a series of 3 classes that we recommend you take that includes a Day in the Apiary scheduled for summer, and Overwintering Your Bees scheduled in late summer). 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.