OHB Italian Queens

OHB queens are available from April 1st until Sept 30th. Please see Big Island Queens for shipments after Sept 30th.

Pricing and availability effective April 1st thru Sept 30th and subject to change without notice.

  • 1-10 = $35.00 (Ships in 3-hole cage, marking included at no charge)
  • 11-20 = $35.00 (Ships in California mini cage, marking fees apply*)
  • 21+ = Phone orders only

Shipping charges will be applied to each order regardless of requested ship date. Please call us at (877) 865-0298 for larger quantities or custom cages.

*If marking is selected for quantities of 11 or more, a fee of $1.50 per queen will be applied. 

      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