Pre-orders for bee purchase begins each year November 1st for the following Spring. See below for more details.
Bill's Bees sells only Italian Honey Bees with known gentle genetics that are easy to work with and build up abundantly for pollination and honey production. We sell VSH-Italian Queen Bees from our favorite breeders in Northern California where there are no Africanized Honey Bees. Whether you are a new beekeeper or already an experienced beekeeper, these bees are perfect for you. Our bees are ideal for Backyard Beekeeping in Los Angeles and commercial beekeeping. We thank you for purchasing your bees and queens from Bill's Bees.
Complete Hive (Deep Box)A complete hive is an established nucleus colony and includes a VSH-Italian marked queen, a painted deep hive body, bottom board fastened to the box and lid, plus 5 additional undrawn new frames to fill out the box. These are Italian honey bees with known gentle genetics and are ideal for Backyard Beekeeping in LA. Estimated pick-up date early to mid-May.
Pick-up Location for Complete Hive: Santa Clarita
Nucleus Colony:5 frame Nucs on deep frames includes a VSH-Italian marked queen with known gentle genetics. These are Italian honey bees with known gentle genetics and are ideal for Backyard Beekeeping in Los Angeles. 5 frame Nucs on deep frames. Estimated pick-up date early to mid-May.
Pick-up Location for Nuc Santa Clarita
Package Bees:3 lbs Italian honey bees in a screened cage includes a VSH Italian mated, marked queen in a separate screened queen cage (with attendants). The known gentle genetics of these Italian Honey Bees make them ideal for Backyard Beekeeping in Los Angeles. Packages can be installed in any style hive. The VSH-Italian queen bee is produced and mated in Northern, CA where there are no Africanized genetics ensuring gentle behaving offspring. Estimated pick-up date early to mid-April.
Hive Stand: Heavy Duty steel hive stand with 4 legs that can be placed in cans filled with motor oil, to isolate the hive, if ants are a problem. This stand is also tall enough that skunks can not reach the hive if they are a problem. Can support at least 200 lbs. It is best to locate your hive in the direct sun on a dry, solid surface. Available for PICK UP ONLY!
Pickup dates April - September depending on order.
RESTOCKING CHARGE:There is a $50 restocking fee for packages, nucs, complete hives, and queens not picked up or cancelled orders. Please call or email Bill with your order number if you need to cancel.Orders that have not been picked up, cancelled nor otherwise communicated intent within 24hrs of pick up date will be considered a "no show" and automatically cancels the order which is no longer eligible for refund.
*WE DO NOT SHIP OUR BEES. BEES CAN NOT BE PICKED UP AT FARMERS MARKETS.
Thank you for purchasing your bees from Bill's Bees!