OHB Italian Queens

These queens are currently unavailable until April 1, 2017. Please see Big Island Queens for queens that are available for immediate shipment.

Prices effective April 1, 2017 and 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

    • OHB Queen shipments start approximately first week of April, weather permitting.
    • 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
    • We do offer JZBZ cages. For special requests, please call customer service at (877) 865-0298.
    • Prices do not include shipping.
    • We utilize overnight shipping from California which is the fastest shipping method and least amount of stress on the bees.
    • We ship via UPS Next Day Air, UNINSURED. The risk is minimal, however queens shipped via UPS are the SOLE RESPONSIBILITY of the purchaser. Replacement is at the discretion of OHB.
    • We do not Ship OHB Queens through the US Postal Service. If you would like delivery through the US Postal Service, please see Big Island Queens.

    OHB Italian Queens

    Italian queens form the backbone of OHB. We choose our breeder queens based on the hive's performance in honey production, gentleness, brood-rearing viability, and overall ability to overwinter healthy and heavy. In addition, OHB has worked with the "Tech Transfer Team," developed by world-renowned entomologist Marla Spivak, since before its official launch in an effort to identify and maintain desirable traits in our current stock. We've infused the "Minnesota Hygienic" and the "VSH" traits into our Italian stock, in an effort to enhance disease and mite resistance or tolerance.

    Italian traits:

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