Package Bees - 3 LB - Oregon
Package Bees - 3 LB
Each package includes its own young mated queen and a food source to help them survive. We guarantee the condition of the bees up to the point of pick up. Beyond that, we have no way of controlling what the bees do. We will, however, do our best to help you get your colony up and running should something happens
We offer different options with these packages: A marked package includes a queen who has been marked with this year's color (Red). Select to have your package of bees treated with Oxalic Acid as 100% of the mites are exposed and susceptible to the treatment. A perfect opportunity! We also offer Queen Variety! These Packages are available with either an Italian or Carniolan queen. However, WE CANNOT guarantee the queen variety. Please indicate your preference for Italian or Carniolan when ordering by selecting from the selection menu.
The pick-up dates for Packagess are listed below for reference. These dates are subject to change. If there is a change, we will give you as much notice as possible. Since Package Bees will NOT BE SHIPPED, they do not qualify towards the $150 Free Shipping Limit.
Pick-Up Schedule for OR Package Bees
First Pick up: April 3rd, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m PST
Second Pick up: April 7th, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m PST
**Bees must be paid in full in advance.
Colony behavior can vary significantly from hive to hive. Further, bee behavior can change by selective breeding within the race. Keep in mind that bee traits you see described on websites and in beekeeping books are often citing the traits of the original stock(from Italy, or Slovenia, for example) but these European (old world) bees have been selectively bred in North America(new world) for specific traits since they were first introduced here from Europe. They might deviate in behavior from the old world stock.
The Italian bee is generally described as gentle and productive. We handle thousands of colonies, and we find this to be true. We consider the Italian bee to be great for suburban beekeeping because of its gentle characteristics combined with good honey productivity. The New World Carniolan bee is thought to do well in colder, more mountainous climates. But, in our experience, the New World Carniolan tends to be quicker to defend its hive, so is perhaps less well suited to backyard beekeeping where you have close neighbors. Carniolans also tend to maintain a smaller cluster during the winter, and are late to build up brood in the spring--great traits for mountain foothill bee survival. However, the increase is quick when it happens, which can lead to unexpected swarming early in the season.