Package Bees 2019

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Estimated pickup date TBD: Abnormal weather has delayed this year delivery schedule and we’re currently expecting these packages to arrive a Saturday in May.

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.

Order early and save with early order discounts!
Retail price is $150 but we started with early discounts and the price will increase as we sell out “on-sale” batches. Order early to get the best price.

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 1, 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. The 2019 certification will be received by April 2019. You can download from this link the pdf file of the 2018 inspection. 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

1 review for Package Bees 2019

  1. Becky Eddy
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Becky Eddy (verified owner)

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

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