Ordering Bees (2019)
See below for 2019 Options for Ordering Bees! There are local package pick-ups, options for ordering through the mail, and local nuc ordering options! Any questions please reach out to the supplier or feel free to Contact BCBA.
Meadow View Apiaries (local pick-up)
Steve Finke will be supplying package bees again this spring. This will be his 8th year helping beekeepers get started with the interesting hobby of raising honey bees!
They have three pickup dates on the schedule. Go to www.meadowviewbees.com to order direct online.
For more information on packages, prices, nucs, and any other updates please click here.
Worcester Honey Farms (local pick-up)
Nucs for Sale
Vince Aloyo, PhD and Master Beekeeper
For 2019, I will have several kinds of nucs available, each consisting of five medium depth frames of adult bees, including three frames of brood of varied ages (all of which are offspring of your queen), as well as frames of pollen and honey. Types of nucs I plan to have include overwintered nucs with a 2018 queen raised from my local survivor stock, nucs with 2019 purchased Italian queens mated in Florida, nucs with 2019 purchased Carniolan queens from Hawaii and nucs containing 2019 queens raised from my local survivor stock. These different types of nucs will be available at diverse times, starting in March. For more information, go to my web site: http://vincemasterbeekeeper.com/
I am PA licensed (C2018-95, through August 30, 2019) to sell Queens and Nucleus colonies. As part of this program, my queen rearing apiaries are inspected by the PA Department of Agriculture twice a year, typically at the beginning and end of the active beekeeping season. I use no antibiotics in my beekeeping operations.
Shipped Bee Packages
There are a few companies that will ship bees and offer a good and reliable delivery through USPS.
About Packaged Bees
Packages usually consist of
3 pounds of bees in a screened
cage along with a laying queen in
a separate cage. There is also a
can of sugar syrup to provide food
for the bees during transport.
The packages normally come from
a southern state, i.e. Georgia,
Tennessee, etc. They are
transported directly by truck for
pickup or shipment. Package bees
are an economical and effective
means of starting a beehive. You
should order bees as soon as possible in the year to avoid sell outs. Tentative bee package dates are mid-April to the end of May, but are subject to the weather in the spring.
Reminder: Build and paint your hives ahead of getting your bees, as you will need to install the bees in their new home the day you get them. Don’t wait!