Frequently Asked Questions About Package Bees
Can I order package bees shipped directly from OHB?
Backyard beekeepers can purchase packages directly from OHB only on Hobby Day, but you can order our premium package bees through our trusted partners.
What comes in each "package"?
Each package contains 2-3 pounds of bees along with one of our newly mated queens.
Which types of bees do you offer through suppliers?
We raise top-quality Italian and Carniolan bees as well as a new line of bees called Saskatraz, bred for exceptional honey production and resistance/tolerance to mites.
Which kind of bee do you recommend for beginner beekeepers?
We recommend Italian bees for beginners, because they're gentle and easy to manage, and they're terrific pollinators and honey producers. We've bred ours to be great housekeepers, too, helping to keep the hives clean and disease-free.
Are your bees good honey producers?
Yes! We sell honey ourselves, so we breed our bees for top-notch honey production.
How do I install my package bees?
Very carefully! For detailed instructions (and a helpful video), click here.
What if all I need is a fresh queen?
We ship individual queens directly from our mating yards; check out our Queens page for info.
Where can I learn more about beekeeping?
Check out our Tutorials page for installation guides and more. Read (and subscribe to) our blog for the latest buzz in the beekeeping world. And come to our annual Hobby Day in Orland, California, to watch demonstrations, buy packages, and meet the Olivarez team!