Carniolan Package Bees


Carniolan package bees with mated and laying Carniolan queen, 3 pound package.  For pickup at our Minooka, IL apiary – no shipping.  Anticipated 2024 pickup dates are selectable below. These dates will depend on weather and availability. An email will be sent out about a week prior to the pickup date to confirm the date as well as to provide pickup day details.

Still available – purchase 5 frame NUCS here – Click for Bee NUCS

Carniolan Package Bees Options

    A marked queen makes it easier to locate / identify her amongst the other bees in your colony

  • * required field

Product total

Options total

Grand total

SKU: MB-3LBPKG-C Category:

Carniolan package bees for sale with mated and laying Carniolan queen, 3 pound package.  For pickup at our Minooka, IL apiary.

Carniolan bees are favored among beekeepers for several reasons, not the least being its ability to defend itself successfully against insect pests while at the same time being extremely gentle in its behavior toward beekeepers. These bees are particularly adept at adjusting worker population to nectar availability. It relies on these rapid adjustments of population levels to rapidly expand worker bee populations after nectar becomes available in the spring, and, again, to rapidly cut off brood production when nectar ceases to be available in quantity. Carniolan bees meet periods of high nectar with high worker populations and consequently stores large quantities of honey and pollen during those periods. They are resistant to some diseases and parasites that can debilitate hives of other subspecies.


Carniolan package bees strengths

  • Considered to be gentle and non-aggressive
  • Carniolan bees are for sale in early spring and summer
  • Can be kept in populated areas
  • Sense of orientation considered better than the Italian honey bee
  • Less drifting of bees from one hive to a neighboring hive
  • When compared to the Italian honey bee, they are not as prone to rob honey
  • Able to overwinter in smaller numbers of winter bees
  • Honey stores are conserved
  • Able to quickly adapt to changes in the environment
  • Better for areas with long winters
  • Fast rhythm of brood production and then brood rearing reduction when available forage decreases
  • Low use of propolis
  • Resistant to brood diseases
  • For areas with strong spring nectar flow and early pollination
  • Carniolan honey bees forage earlier in the morning and later in the evening, and on cool, wet days
  • Workers live up to 12% longer than other breeds

Carniolan package bees weaknesses

  • More prone to swarming if overcrowded
  • Low ability to thrive in hot summer weather
  • Strength of broodnest more dependent on availability of pollen
  • Unless marked the Carniolan dark queen is difficult to find


Weight 128 oz
Dimensions 16 × 6 × 9 in