What Are Some Sources for Purchasing Packaged Bees and Queens?


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Packages of honey bees and mated queens are available from websites such as HoneyBeesOnline.com, VPQueenBees.com, PackageBeesforSale.com, Gleen-Apiaries.com and MikesBeeandHoney.com. Packages typically include enough bees to fill a two- or four-frame hive. Some common types of honey bees include Russian, Cordovan, Italian, Carniolan and Minnesota Hygienic.

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Honey bee and queen packages from these retailers are typically ordered in the late winter or early spring for late spring delivery, and all five websites strongly encourage early orders. Shipping is usually overnight to locations within the United States, but the companies recommend in-person pickup when possible. The companies ship honey bees and queens live in crates with sugar syrup to keep them fed during transit.

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