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2020 Package Bee Orders

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2020

package beesWillBees does not sell package bees. We are making this information about others who do sell package bees available to you as a convenience. All orders, payments, and questions must be directed to the sellers themselves. Sellers will be added at their request. Last updated 21-Jan-2020.

A few general notes about package bees: Unless otherwise specified, they usually come from California, through Wisconsin. They are usually Italian. Cages typically become your property and there is no deposit or refund for their return. Delivery dates can vary from mid March to late May. Work with your seller regarding notification and pickup windows. Because bees are livestock, once you take possession, they are yours and any failure to thrive or loss is usually your responsibility.

Dave Meyer, WillBees Member – Minooka, IL

  • 3 pound package bees with mated and laying Italian queen @ $120, queen marking available @ $5 (multiple pickup days in : March, April and May)
  • 5 frame nucs with mated and laying marked Italian queen, 2-3 frame brood, 2 frames honey/pollen @ $165
  • Queens from local survivor stock available spring, summer and fall from our queen mating yard in Minooka (all queens are marked) @ $35
  • Several races of package, nuc and queens available including Italian, Carniolan, Russian and Saskatraz – contact me for details.
  • We are a Mann Lake Authorized Dealer – contact us to locally purchase beekeeping supplies at our Minooka showroom
  • Contact me dave@meyerbees.com or 815-521-9116 or www.meyerbees.com

Andy Koning, WillBees Member - Homer Glen, IL

  • 3 pound package w/queen $135
  • Specify Italian, Carniolan, or Buckfast from California
  • Extra queens $35 each
  • Pickup at Will County Farm Bureau or in Homer Glen mid April.
    koninghp@aol.com or 815-485-4211 to order by April 17 (* extended *)
  • Bees are still on schedule, as of Mar 23.

Chris Saad, Honey Trails LLC – Wayne, IL

  • 2 lb ($112-122) or 3 lb ($130-140) packages, each with a mated queen
  • Offering packages from Georgia, in addition to northern California
  • All orders are for pick-up at the Honey Trails Home only in Wayne, IL
  • More details and order form at MyHoneyTrails.com
  • Contact Chris at 630-292-3953

Jim Blough, WillBees Member - Oswego, IL

  • 3 pound package w/marked queen Choice of Carniolan, or Italian queen $145 from California
  • 5 Frame Nucs $160.00 Early May to Mid May from California
  • 4 Frame Nucs $150.00 Early May to Mid May with Pol-Line Queens
  • Pickup at Will County Farm Bureau, Grundy Farm Bureau or Oswego
  • Target date mid to end of April
  • jbloughus@gmail.com or 815-419-8445 to order or if you have any questions

Smith Talbot Apiaries - Naperville, IL

  • 5 Frame Nucs $140.00 Early May to Mid May.
  • Pick up Naperville
  • Call for details 708-602-6764

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