This update was posted 5/23/2021 - We are sold out of bees for the 2021 Bee Season.
Sorry if we missed you - check out our Patreon page for our Weekend Intensive top bar hive beekeeping class, and for additional content through the summer.
Please review our Bee Order Policies here. The page will open in a new window. Feel free to print this information - it's important! To complete your order you MUST CHECK THE BOX above confirming that you have read and understood this important information.
Please note: We do all our communication regarding your bee shipment via email - so please double-check to be sure the email address we have for you is correct!
And now... About our beautiful bees for sale:
Gold Star Honeybees are raised treatment-free. What does that mean? It means no chemical treatments.
They are 3-pound packages with naturally mated, unmarked queens. The queen ships in a small cage of her own, inside the package, along with several attendant bees.
They are raised on small-cell foundation, making them ideal for all hive types where the bees will make their own wax. They are just fine any other hive types too.
They are "mutt bees" - a very hardy mix of Russian, Italian, and Carniolan genetics.
They are "four season bees" - acclimated to a climate with four seasons and winter hardy!
They are raised in northern Georgia, Virginia, Maryland and the great state of Tennessee.
They will ship to you from Maryland.
The ship dates are shown as "Week of ..." Typically the bees will get into the mailstream on Tuesday of the ship week. The bees are shipped directly to your local post office from the beeyard via USPS Priority Mail insured. You will receive a tracking number when they start on their journey to you. They will be shipped "Hold for Pickup" - so you will receive a phone call from your post office asking you to "Come and get your bees!"
Wondering what ship dates work for your locale?
Visit the Old Farmer's Almanac here - to choose a date that's close to or just after the average last frost in your area.
Wondering how to get the bees into your hive?
Download your FREE Top Bar Hive Start-Up Handbook here - for step by step instructions for hiving bees in your new top bar hive! Oh, you're more of a YouTube fan? Here's a video!
Are you new to top bar hive beekeeping? Visit Amazon (or your favorite local bookstore) for two great how-to books:
- The Thinking Beekeeper - A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives
- Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping - Next Steps for the Thinking Beekeeper
Become a Patron and settle in for our Weekend Intensive Top Bar Beekeeping Class on Patreon. It's "Soup to Nuts!" on keeping bees in top bar hives.