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.
Tentative 2024 pickup dates are April 13th & 14th. Please read all info below before making your purchase.
We are NOT shipping any bees. Please add your package(s) to your cart. On the cart page, choose "Pick up" so you are not charged for shipping. We will be in touch with you in early April to give you updates as well as details on the specific Pickup instructions. When filling out your contact information during checkout, please include your email, phone number, and address so we can be sure to have a way to reach you.
If you would like to order additional items(honey, etc) from our shop today, please make a separate order for those items so you can choose the appropriate shipping method.
If you get stuck at any time during checkout, please email us at email@example.com. We are here to help. :)
Notice About Weather & Pick-Up
We will be distributing packages in Astoria, Queens at our storefront, The Honey House at Astor Apiaries, tentatively on April 13th & 14th. A Long Island location will also be announced. Beekeeping is always dependent on weather and the pick-up date may be changed due to circumstances beyond our control. All customers will be contacted and updated as we have information. By purchasing a package, you agree to any changes in the pick-up date and understand that this is not a valid reason for a refund. Please DO NOT purchase a package if you have doubts about your schedule flexibility to pick up. The pick-up date may change due to weather, availability, or many other factors outside of our control. We will do our best to update customers as soon as we have firm dates.
You should be prepared to install your bees within 24-48 hours of receiving them. Please make sure your equipment is ready.
This purchase is non-refundable unless we are unable to fulfill your order due to circumstances within our control. If something happens to the packages and we can no longer fulfill them, we will refund the affected orders. Any circumstances not in our control, such as weather, your ability to pick up your bees, etc, are not valid reasons for a refund.
If you cannot pick up your package, please consider asking someone else to pick it up for you or find someone to take over your package. If you do this, please contact us immediately so we can collect the new customer's information and contact them.
If you just cancel, your payment will be forfeited. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please make sure you can collect your bees if you purchase them.
All packages will be visually inspected by our Master Beekeeper and you upon picking up your package. On occasion, a package may have a dead queen. If you find that your queen is dead upon installing your bees into your equipment, take a picture and contact us immediately.
Your hive should be installed within 24-48 hours of receiving them.
We are not responsible for the mishandling or death of the bees after you receive them. You are strongly encouraged to follow our installation instructions completely. We are here to answer questions and help you be successful, so please let us know if you need help.
If you need your packages delivered and/or installed, this will fall under our standard House Call fee of $120/hr, 1-hour minimum. If you are outside New York City, travel time is charged at the rate of $60/hr. Deliveries will be scheduled beginning the week after our pick-up date.
A limited number of delivery slots will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact us ASAP if you are interested.
For all other questions, send a message through our Contact Form or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will be receiving my first package soon. Nick was a pleasure to deal with. Thank you.
The best bee keeper around!!
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.
Pickup of our bee package was quick and seamless. Nick is extremely knowledgeable and took the time to thoroughly answer questions during the pickup. He even had one-sheets printouts on varroa mite control and provided free packages of oxalic acid powder; Nick definitely wants to support all levels of beekeepers and strengthen the NYC beekeeping community! Look forward to buying from Astor Apiaries again in the future!
very easy to order!!