BIQ Italian Queens

Please call us at (877) 865-0298 to order.

Price from January 1 to March 31 (subject to change without notice):

  • All quantities: $35 (cage type depends on quantity ordered; see below for details)

Price from April 1 to December 31 (subject to change without notice):

  • 1-10 = $30.00 (Ships in 3-hole cage)
  • 11-25 = $28.00 (Ships in mini cage)
  • 26-49 = $27.00 (Ships in mini cage)
  • 50-99 = $26.00 (Ships in mini cage)
  • 100+ = $25.00 (Ships in mini cage)


Queen Ordering Information

  • BIQ ships queens year round, dependent on availability.
  • Examine the contents of your shipment immediately upon delivery.

Shipping Information

  • 3-hole cages ship with attendants in cage with queen.
  • California Mini Cages ship with loose attendants.
  • Prices do not include shipping.
  • We utilize both UPS and USPS 2 - 3 day shipping from Hawaii which is the fastest shipping methods and least amount of stress on the bees.
  • We ship via UPS and USPS, UNINSURED. The risk is minimal, however queens shipped are the SOLE RESPONSIBILITY of the purchaser. Replacement is at the discretion of BIQ.

BIQ Italian Queens

We continue to raise the same excellent stock as we do in California by keeping the same genetic lines through insemination of our breeder queens. BIQ has collaborated through the years with Joe Latshaw, Tom Glenn, and Sue Coeby for the inseminating of our Italian breeder queens. We choose our breeder queens based on the hive's performance in honey production, gentleness, brood rearing viability, resistance to mites and other diseases, and overall ability to overwinter healthy and heavy.

Italian traits:

  • Gentle and easy to manage (a good "beginner bee")
  • Prolific brood producers
  • Highly hygienic
  • Good comb builders
  • Excellent foragers
  • Excellent honey producers