Bees/Nucs

Bee Packages ??? or Package Bees ???

2020 Bee Packages for Sale in Illinois   

  

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.  Bee packages are available on multiple pickup dates mid March through the end of May.

 

Local Packages

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 through August).

Beehives for Sale in Illinois

 

We are now taking orders for 2021 bee packages, nucs and queens.  Call 815-521-9116 or email contact@meyerbees.com to place an order.

 

Italian, Carniolan, Russian and Saskatraz

2021 Package bees are available for pre-order for mid March through end of May!

( invoices will be generated in January and payments are not due until early 2021 )

2021 Nucs are available for pre-order with pickup dates mid April through September

Italian, Carniolan and Russian queens are available mid March and the rest of the season
Saskatraz queens limited supply – call or email for details

>> call us 815-521-9116 or email contact@meyerbees.com to get on the list for 2021 <<

 

click PDF brochure below or visit our SHOP for details

 

Nucs

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.

 

Overwintered Nucs

We still have 2020 overwintered nucs available being kept / maintained at our Minooka IL apiary to be sold as 2021 nucs with the original 2020 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 contact@meyerbees.com for details.