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We are the #1 shipper of Italian package bees on the east coast and in the mid-west.  You can choose from #3 Italian package bees or 5 frame nucs.  Our nucs have new frames and newly drawn out combed foundation.  We ship bees on a weekly schedule from mid-March 2018 to early May 2018.  We know and understand the logistics of shipping honey bees.  For those close by, we also offer "in-store" pick-up of your orders.

Our apiaries are located in the beautiful mountain region of Northeast Georgia.

Our bee hives are managed by natural organic methods and we are licensed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

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 2018 Bee Season

BIG Tuesday Bee SALE

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ITALIAN BEE PACKAGES 

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3 lbs. ITALIAN Bee Package

Our package bees are grown in Georgia. The package bees includes a screen box, sugar water container, approx. 3 lbs. of bees which include nurse bees, forager bees, guard bees, and drone bees. The queen bee will be in a queen cage. The queen bee is a mated queen.  

Sale Price: $99.00 - $105.00
 

 Shipping Dates
 Shipping will be added to your order at check-out. Ship Dates are subject to change due to unexpected weather conditions. Ship dates are when the bee packages are scheduled to leave our local Post Office.

March 19, 2018

March 21, 2018

March 26, 2018

April 4, 2018

April 9, 2018

April 16, 2018

April 18, 2018 

April 23, 2018

April 30, 2018

May 7, 2018

May 9, 2018

 

Store Pick-up Only Dates

Ship Dates are subject to change due to unexpected weather conditions.  We typically will have the packages here at our store around 8pm. 

March 17, 2018

March 20, 2018

March 24, 2018

April 3, 2018

April 7, 2018

April 14, 2018

April 17, 2018 

April 21, 2018

April 28, 2018

May 5, 2018

May 8, 2018 

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ITALIAN BEE NUCS
 

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Italian Bee Nuc

  Grown in Georgia.   The nuc "take home" box is included in your purchase!  We only sell 9 5/8" "Deep" frames.   All orders are “first come, first serve basis”.  Pick-up date is subject to weather conditions.

Sale Price: $150.00

Local pick-up only.

April 7, 2018

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To place bee orders, please see our "Shop" page

We ship to 31 states: AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IN, IA, IL, KY, LA, MA, ME, MI, MD, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT and WV.

 

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ITALIAN QUEENS

We will ship via USPS Priority Mail.  Maximum postage charge for 10 queens is $50.00.  If the amount exceeds $50.00 you will be refunded the over charge within 24 hours.  All queens are insured through USPS package insurance.  If you want to have next day or two day delivery the flat charge is $50.00 and you must call in this order.  Only order online for standard shipping.

We offer new open mated Italian Queen Bees.

We offer new open mated Italian Queen Bees.

 

Italian Queen Bee

Our queens are open mated and are 3 weeks to 6 weeks old.  The queen will be shipped in a wooden queen cage with a few worker bees. 

Sale Price $30.00

Ship Dates

March 27, 2018

April 3, 2018

April 10, 2018

April 17, 2018

April 24, 2018

May 1, 2018

May 8, 2018

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FIRST YEAR STARTER HIVE KITS

These starter hives will get the average beekeeper through your first year of beekeeping.  We offer a 10 Frame and 8 Frame kits.

8 Frame - First Year Hive Kit

 1st Year Hive

This Beginners kit is all, most beginning hives, will need in their first year.  The kit includes: Solid bottom board, entrance reducer, deep super, (2) medium supers, inner cover, outer cover, (8) deep frames, (8) deep plastic wax coated foundation, (16) medium frames, (16) medium plastic wax coated foundation.

This kit comes unassembled but we do offer it assembled for a small fee. 

Sale Price: $197.00

To order visit our Hive Ware page.

We will ship this within (1) business day.

10 Frame - First Year Hive Kit

 1st Year Hive

This Beginners kit is all, most beginning hives, will need in their first year.  The kit includes: Solid bottom board, entrance reducer, deep super, (2) medium supers, inner cover, outer cover, (8) deep frames, (10) deep plastic wax coated foundation, (20) medium frames, (20) medium plastic wax coated foundation.

This kit comes unassembled but we can assemble it for a small fee. 

Sale Price: $215.00

We will ship this within (1) business day.

We accept the following credit cards 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED BEE QUESTIONS

What do I get when I purchase a Nuc of bees?

First, our Nucs are grown here in one of our five apiaries.  They are more accustom to cooler temperatures.  Second, because we grow our own nucs you will have a “laying” queen that has been laying for approximately four to six weeks. 

The Nuc will have three different types of brood.
Bee Stage one – eggs present
Bee Stage two – larva
Bee Stage three - capped brood

You will also have five new frames and new foundation with your nuc purchase.  We do not sell old frames and foundation that has years of contaminants in our nucs.  You will have a great organic start with our nucs!

Why are your bee nucs better than others?

First, your nuc has been monitored over a period of four weeks.  Specifically, the queen has been quality controlled, we track your nuc from day one and understand how the queen bee performs, honey flow, and colony temperament. 

When you pick-up your nuc, it will be in a special wax corrugated box.  The box is specially designed so the frames do not move as you are taking your nuc home.  This is very important because frames that move can and will pinch the queen and thus making the queen a non-performer in brood production. 

Ship dates and pick-up dates

Our ship dates and pick-up dates are estimated dates which are subject to weather conditions.  We are subject to the weather like all farmers.  There are times that we will have your order ready a week earlier or a week later.  We ask for your patience should weather condition require us to delay your shipment.  We do strive to deliver a top quality product to our customers.

What should I expect in honey production for the first year?

The first year should be seen as a “hive building year” and allow the bee colony to grow.  In most circumstances, the new bee hive will produce one super of honey but this honey should be left on the hive during the winter months.  Any excess supers can be harvested.

Stand-by Orders

We will take “Stand-by” orders on packages or nucs on each date scheduled.  We offer this service to help our customers who are late in placing their order for a given ship date or pickup date.  There are times that the hives out produce our shipments or a scheduled customer order, decides to delay a shipment.  This allows us to fill additional orders but is not a guarantee that your order will be filled.  This is subject to the bees!

We will collect all the standard order information.  We will not charge your credit card until we know the bees are available for shipment.  Normally, this is the day the bees are packaged.  If we fill your Stand-by order your credit card will be debited and a USPS tracking number will be sent via e-mail to you.   

When a customer selects a specific Stand-by date and the order is not filled, the customer Stand-by order will be cancelled.   

To place a Stand-by Order, simply ask Julie or Ray if there are any available Stand-by Orders available for a specific date.

Why do you have a restricted shipping area?

We strive to have a thriving package of bees delivered to you.  We use USPS in shipping our bees.  We have found that the quality of bees is sacrificed when bees are shipped outside of our selected ship area.

We only ship to: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia.

How long can I keep the packaged bees in the shipping box?

For the best results, it is good to pick-up your package the day they have been boxed.  This is normally after 6 pm.  The longer the bees stay in the screen box, the more stress they have and thus more dead bees.  You should install the package of bees within 12 hours of picking up the package to reduce the stress of the bees.

How long can I keep the bees in a nuc shipping box?

The nuc box is very functional and it is recommended that you move the frames from the shipping box within 3 days. 

Please note that you will want to place the nuc next to the hive where they will be placed.  The nuc entrance should be opened after the nuc has set for one hour.  This will allow the bees to be more settled from being moved to your property.

Do you ship bee packages and Nucs of bees?

We ship 3 lbs. bee package to 22 states.  We ship Italian and Carniolan 3lbs. packages.  All shipments are FOB. 

All shipments will be insured through the USPS via Surface Mail.  The buyer is responsible for any insurance claims.  We recommend that you inspect your bee package prior to signing the receipt ticket.  If there is a claim, you should file the claim immediately with the USPS.

We do not ship nuc boxes.

We are more than happy to work with large orders for associations where one person comes and picks up the order.  We strive to have 100% customer satisfaction!

Temperature and handling can and will cause stress to your bees.

Can I inspect my nuc order prior to pick-up?

Yes, most certainly!  Please let us know and we can have your order ready for inspection the evening before pick-up.  This will allow you to see the queen productivity and the strength of the colony.  The bees will be flying in and out of the colony!   We normally close up the entrance in the night hours to ensure all bees have made it back into the hive.

Please note that if you inspect a nuc on the day of pick-up, you will lose bees as they fly out during the inspection process.

Refund Policy

We work very hard in scheduling our bee orders and purchasing the necessary materials to produce the high quality bees for your order.     

We do not take deposits due to the time it takes to call back customers, valid credit cards, and phone numbers no longer in service.  We will offer refunds prior to February 1, 2016.  After February 1, 2016, any cancelled orders will forfeit their payment on cancelled orders. 

Testimonials from our customers

Our bees arrived in good shape today!  Thanks!  Sarah S.

Bees arrived safely today and will be in their new homes this afternoon.  Thank you for your excellent service!  T Mayfield

Thank you.  I picked up the packages from the Post Office sorting facility and the bees have been installed.  I'm excited to get a new hive started.  Thank you for great service.  Katherine M

Two packages of bees arrived in excellent condition.  Very few deaths.  Thanks for everything!  Sarah B.

Bees arrived this morning.  Looked good and still had feed left.  Thank you for the great transaction.  I will call if & when I need more.  W.B. Miller

I'm very pleased with my honey bee's.  Thanks ever so much!   Preston S.

I wanted to let you both know that the two nucs we got two weeks ago are doing great and building up nicely.  I was very impressed with how well you packaged them.  It was a pleasure to meet you.  M. Ramey

I would like to say thank you for the honeybees.  I got them in the mail the other day and installed them right away.  It was awesome for the first time installing bees with my grandma.  I did it in shorts and a tee shirt and did not get stung once.  I just wanted to say thank you and I already have orders next year and I know the first place I'm going to call for them is Mountain Sweet Honey Company!     J. Chester

I truly appreciate your help!  I hope the "girls" and of course the Drones enjoy their new home here in PA.  J. Kevech

Bees arrived in good condition.  Now in hives.  Thanks for all the great communication.  B. Basso

Thank you.  I picked up the package from the Post Office sorting facility and the bees have been installed.  I'm excited to get a new hive started.  Thank you for your great service!    K. Montgomery

We are very happy with the minimum loss shipment to Carlsbad, NM.  We will be in contact next Spring to see if shipments are still possible to our area.  We are already talking about the Carniolan bee package before this order and counting on ordering them from you next year.  R. Richmond

Two packages of bees arrived in excellent condition today - installed already!  Very few deaths.  The USPS was great about it!  S.L. Smith

I ordered two packages of bees and had them finally arrive at my Post Office.  To my surprise the majority of the bees made it safe and sound!  If you have any extras for your next delivery date, please, please, please contact me as I am wanting more!  Thank you so much Ray for a great experience!  Sgt. V. Combs

 

What states do you ship to?

Due to the science and health of bees, we have to weigh the logistics of getting our bees from our dock to your front door.  We do service select states to ensure a high quality package of bees to our customers.  These are the states we serve: 

Alabama, Arkansas, Conneticutt, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois (southern), Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Michigan (southern), New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.