Bee Packages or Package Bees ???
Bee packages are for sale and available in early spring. We head to Georgia for a week or so for each “batch” of packages. During this time we shake the bees for the packages, fill feed cans, catch and mark mated queens and assemble all the bee package pieces. Once everything is ready, we truck all the packages back to Chicago, IL in a climate controlled vehicle. From start to finish, the bees are quickly run through the “package process” to minimize stress and get them to customers quickly.
Once our colonies in the Chicagoland area build up we will begin shaking packages from our own local colonies. We then add a Meyer Bees queen to the packages and you have a package with zero transport stress and bees and queen accustomed to the Chicagoland weather. Contact us to request a local package (availability dependent on the weather and colony build-up times, local packages typically start mid to late-May).
We are now taking orders for 2020 bee packages, nucs and queens. Call 815-521-9116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order.
Italian, Carniolan, Russian and Saskatraz
2020 Packages are SOLD OUT!
NUCS ARE STILL AVAILABLE WITH PICKUP DATES JUNE THROUGH SEPT
Italian queens are available the rest of the season
Russian/Carniolan queens limited supply – call
Saskatraz queens sold out for season
>> call us 815-521-9116 for questions or to get on the list for next year <<
In early spring and throughout the summer, we perform splits on our strongest bee hives across all of our Illinois apiaries to produce 5-frame nucs for sale. The splits are then transported to our main site in Minooka where we add a marked and mated queen. The 5-frame nucs are then built up over several weeks to contain 2-3 frames of brood, 1-2 frames of honey/pollen and a large number of foragers. Once a nuc box is of the correct strength, it is available for customers to pick up. Note – there will typically be some undrawn foundation on the outside frames to allow for colony growth.
We still have 2019 nucs available being overwintered at our Minooka IL apiary to be sold in 2020 with the original 2019 overwintered queens. We let the nucs build up during early spring to make sure there are no issues with supersedure. Call 815-521-9116 or email email@example.com for details.