Buying Bees through the Mail

How Can I Buy Bees Through The Mail?


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About buying bees through the mail...


You can buy bees through the mail?

How does this work? 

What is a 3# package? 

Will the package come with a queen? 

Is a 3# package what I need to start a new hive?



Yes to all that!!!

A 3# package of bees ships in a screened/ventilated box.

It will look much like the one in the picture. The package will contain roughly 3 pounds of bees. That's approximately 10,000 honeybees, enough to get a brand new hive off to a good start. The package will also contain a food source, and a queen bee. The queen bee will be contained in a small cage to keep her separate from the bees in the package while they travel. There will also be several "attendant bees" in the cage with her.

How do I get the bees into my hive?

In this video we will walk you  step-by-step through the process of hiving your bees into a top bar hive.  Here's a link to our step-by-step installation process, too.

How are bees shipped through the mail?

Gold Star Honeybees are shipped USPS Priority Mail. They will only ship via ground transportation because the USPS prohibits air transportation.  Each 3# package is insured for the purchase price. They also ship “Hold for pickup” - and the post office will have your phone number. So be ready for a phone call from your post office asking you to come and get your bees!

The USPS has a lot of experience shipping bees.  They average about a 95% success rate in getting the bees to you safely. Even when we ship cross-country. And yes, even when they are in transit across the weekend.

How do I know when to order my bees to be shipped?

Bee hives need to be started at about the same time as the bees' food sources begin to bloom in your area. So choose a date that's close to or just after the average last frost date in your area.  Not sure when the average last frost date is where you live? Visit the Farmer's Almanac website to learn more.

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