3lb Bee Package – Astor Apiaries
3lb Bee Package
3lb Bee Package

3lb Bee Package

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2024 Packages are SOLD OUT. If you are looking for bees, please see our Nucleus Colonies and Queen Bees.

Pre-orders for 2025 Packages will begin 12/1/2024.

Our 3-lb packages of Italian honey bees are the perfect way to start your hives.

Each package contains 3 pounds of honey bees (approximately 10,000-12,000 bees) and a mated queen bee in her own small cage. You can use package bees to start a hive from scratch or boost the population of an overwintered hive.

Please read all info below before making your purchase. By purchasing a package of bees, you agree to the terms below.


Pick-Up Information

  • NYC Location: The Honey House at Astor Apiaries, Astoria, Queens
  • Long Island Location: Long Island Welcome Center in Dix Hills
  • 2025 Pick-up Dates: To be announced (please check back for updates)

Ordering Process

  • Local Pick-up Only: We do not offer shipping. Select "Pick up" at checkout to avoid shipping charges.
  • Contact Information: Provide your email, phone number, and address during checkout to ensure we can communicate any updates or changes.
  • Separate Orders: For purchases other than bee packages (like honey), please place a separate order.

Weather and Pick-Up Notice

Beekeeping depends heavily on weather conditions. The pick-up date is subject to change based on weather and other uncontrollable factors. We commit to keeping all customers informed of any changes. Please ensure your availability is flexible around the pick-up period.


You are required to install your bees within 24-48 hours of pick-up. Ensure your beekeeping equipment is prepared in advance.

Cancellation and Refunds

  • Refund Policy: Purchases are non-refundable unless we fail to fulfill your order due to reasons within our control. Weather-related delays or your inability to pick up the bees do not qualify for refunds.
  • Package Transfer: If you are unable to pick up your package, you may arrange for someone else to do so. Contact us immediately to update the new customer’s details.


Upon pick-up, packages are inspected by our Master Beekeeper. If you discover the queen is deceased when setting up your hive, document this with a photo and contact us promptly. Installation guidance is available, and we encourage you to reach out if you require assistance.

Delivery Services

  • Fees: Standard House Call fee applies ($120/hr, 1-hour minimum). Travel outside New York City is billed at $60/hr.
  • Scheduling: Delivery starts the week following the pick-up date. Slots are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact us early if you require this service.

For further assistance, please use our Contact Form or email us directly at hello@astorapiaries.com.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Patrycja Zbrzezny
Amazing supplier!

Nick and his team at Astor Apiaries is very knowledgeable, helpful and passionate about beekeeping. His communication before picking up the packages and after is amazing and shows his knowledge base about beekeeping practices. I am excited to start two hives with our packages and know they have been in good hands before coming to me.

Pat Mccarty
Bees! Two packages

Payment made. Delivery/pick up not yet scheduled. Stars awarded a bit prematurely, but with high expectations….

Mary Ann Livingston
Can’t Wait

I will be receiving my first package soon. Nick was a pleasure to deal with. Thank you.

Jodi Nass

The best bee keeper around!!

Katherine Clad
Wonderful guide for the start of your bee journey

Nick was very approachable, knowledgable, and eager to help. The bees arrived in great shape and with detailed instructions, and so far my hive is thriving! Excited to begin this journey, and so glad I have Astor Apiaries in my corner.

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