Bee Package

(4 customer reviews)

2019 package season has finished and we were fully sold out.

Pick up at BeeManiacs Store only (you can find the address in this link).

The package includes about 3 lbs of worker bees, one caged queen, and a can of food. The new plastic packages provide more ventilation than previous models, helping the bees regulate temperature during transport.

First come first served. We have limited quantities so once we sell our allocated quantity, we will be out of bees for the rest of the 2019 season (we don’t have an order deadline).

You have three queen race options:

  • Carniolan 
  • Italian 
  • Saskatraz (more information on Saskatraz below)

Please make sure to read BeeManiacs Terms and Conditions.

If you wish to cancel your order, there is a $50 non-refundable fee per package. Orders are non-cancelable after April 15, 2019.


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We bring these packages from Olivarez Honey Bees in California, using our own BEE-BUS to provide the bees with a comfortable trip. Olivarez apiaries get certified every year by the Department of Food and Agriculture. You can download the 2019 Apiary Certification in this link. For more information about Olivarez Honey Bees, suppliers of these packages, you can visit their website:

The queens will be marked at no extra charge (in the case of bad weather during queen production, we may have to provide unmarked queens).

Carniolan and Italian queens have been available for many years and well known by all beekeepers. Since 2018 we have added a third option to help Inland Northwest beekeepers bring more diversity to their colonies: Saskatraz.

Saskatraz hybrids are produced in Northern California (Orland area) exclusively by Olivarez Honey Bees using Saskatraz breeder queens constructed in Saskatchewan, Canada by Meadow Ridge Enterprises (Breeder and CEO, Albert J. Robertson). A detailed review of the Saskatraz project (established in 2005) including breeding methods, published research articles, powerpoint presentations and information on individual breeding families, including Saskatraz hybrids can be found at

Saskatraz breeder queens are selected for honey production, wintering ability, temperament, tracheal mite resistance, varroa tolerance/resistance and brood diseases. The Saskatraz breeding program uses recurrent natural selection to select for varroa tolerance in productive colonies with good economic traits.

Saskatraz hybrids are being produced in Northern California using virgin queens from diverse families of Saskatraz breeder queens and open mating them with unrelated drone populations in the Orland area. These queens produce colonies with genetically diverse workers. This diversity results in increased vigor and analyses of hybrid queens in Canada is showing fast spring build up and increases in honey production. Attention to fall stores for wintering and in the spring is necessary.

Use of Saskatraz hybrid stock in your apiaries should provide drone populations which will increase the frequency of alleles for honey production and varroa tolerance, as well as other economic traits. This is because drones from the hybrids carry the genetics of their mother, the breeder queen.

Saskatraz breeder queen traits:

  • Excellent honey production
  • Good wintering ability
  • Selected for increased varroa tolerance and resistance to brood diseases
  • Show increased hygienic behavior

Resellers, some out of state buyers, and some “eligible apiarists” may qualify for tax-exempt package purchases. For more information follow this link: or contact us at

4 reviews for Bee Package

  1. Becky Eddy

    Becky Eddy (verified owner)

    my bees i purchased last year made it!!!!

  2. Omar Altayar

    Omar Altayar (verified owner)

    First time bee hobbyist, this place is top notch.
    Excellent staff willing to answer any questions
    and just willing to help. I drove 200+ miles from Moses Lake, Wa. and I will definitely do business again with them.
    Thank you BeeManiacs. You are #1 example of how a businesses should act.

  3. Wendy Bachman

    Wendy Bachman (verified owner)

    These Saskatraz package bees are my first hive. I could not express enough how vigorous, gentle, and fast they are at setting up shop in their new hive. I purchased a nuc of a different strain from another place, and under the same exact conditions, the Saskatraz have exceeded my other hive in rearing brood and drawing out new comb. BeeManiacs is an excellent place for those of us who need more guidance, and they care a lot about the health of the bees they offer. A++++ customer service!

  4. Kathy Haugland

    Kathy Haugland (verified owner)

    I purchased a package and have been so happy with them. It was cold and rainy the day I got them and was worried about them. Got them in the hive and they have settled into their new yard. The queen is very active and the hive is going great!

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