Packages Of Bees & Nucs


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David now offers ONLINE BEEKEEPING COURSES: Basic Beekeeping, Spring Management, Queen Rearing, Advanced Beekeeping and Getting Your Bees Through 

Individual Package Bees go on sale on January 1 each year online only at 

Going on our 16th 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 website office for you to pick up beginning at 9:00 a.m. to around 2:00 p.m.CT (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 website offices 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.

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. 

Click here to order your packages of bees now!



    Available In late May - June FOR PICK UP ONLY Near FAIRMOUNT IL. WE WILL CALL OR EMAIL YOU TO RESERVE A TIME FOR PICK UP WITH YOU.   There is an amount of uncertainty when waiting to pick up packages or nucs.  Sometimes you get a call at what...
  •  3# Italian bees w/queen. Sales begin 1/1/23

    3# Italian bees w/queen. Sales begin 1/1/23

      What's the pick up date? Read below to find out:  NOTE: If you can not agree to our policy below, please purchase bees from another company that can help serve your individual needs better than we can. *Please do not order bees from us...