Live Italian Honeybees, 3 lb. with Queen - PRE-ORDER
WHAT’S INCLUDED: Each Package includes Cage, Temporary Feed, Queen and 3 pounds of bees (approximately 10,000 – 12,000).
ABOUT THE BEES: We are proud to note that our Italian line has been influenced over the years by queens purchased from breeders Art Banta, Homer Park, Lloyd Penner and John Tollett. We have identified the best traits bred into their queens and added them to ours. We choose our breeder queens based on hive's performance in honey production, gentleness, brood rearing viability and overall ability to overwinter healthy and heavy. We have taken special care of our Italians and they are the best of the best.
Spring Build Up = Normal
Swarming Tendency = Normal
Honey Production = Normal
Gentleness = In the Spring a Little More Assertive
Mites = Normal
Wintering in Cold Temps = Smaller colonies going into winter, meaning less food consumption
Good First Year Beekeeper = Yes
Want to know more about these bees? Check out our blog here.
SHIPPING: YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO ACCEPT SHIPMENT as it is not safe to leave bees unattended. Bees are ONLY shipped directly to you via UPS Overnight Express. Shipping charges are included in the price, so you pay no additional shipping at checkout.
The tentative shipment/arrival will be in April or May and is dependent on the weather. You will be notified approximately two weeks prior to shipment and then again when bees are shipping.
DISCLAIMER: Bees are non-refundable. Chicken Outfitter will NOT refund any package bees. Customer assumes full responsibility for package bees.
Package bees will need to be installed within 24 hours. Keep in a cool dark room prior to installing.
Please do not transport your bees in a secondary container (i.e. plastic container). Package Bees need air flow. Do not place your bees in direct sunlight or in direct wind.
There are approximately 10,000-12,000 bees per individual 3 lb. box. Harvest Lane Honey has supplied you with more than 3 lbs. of bees as there is expected shrinkage (death loss) of 1-2%. This shrinkage is common and to be expected. You will also receive a young Mated Queen. We offer no guarantee-implied, oral or written for any of our Bees or Queens. If for some reason your Queen Bee arrives deceased, please contact Chicken Outfitter within 24 hours of receiving package. Proof of the deceased Queen Bee must be provided (picture) in order for a new Queen Bee to be shipped directly to you.
When are the bees shipping? Bees will ship during the month of April and the first week of May. Harvest Lane Honey will send the shipping schedule to The Chicken Outfitter 2 weeks prior to shipping your bees. The Chicken Outfitter will contact you and let you know the exact shipment date. The planned shipping schedule is to start with southern states first, and then work north.
How many bees are in a 3lb package? 10,000-12,000 bees and 1 mated queen
What is the best time of day to install my bees? Before dusk, as this forces the bees to stay in their hive.
How quickly should I install my bees? Recommended within 24 hours of receiving your package.