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Live Carniolan Honey Bees, 3 lb. Package

SKU # 129279199
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Important Information
  • The cost of shipping is included in the price.
  • Live bees are sold in package quantities of 3 pounds (approximately 10,000 to 12,000 bees).
  • Live bees are expected to ship sometime between mid-April and mid-May.
  • The live bees will ship via UPS overnight to the address you provide.
  • TSC store delivery is not available.
  • You must be home on the day of delivery to receive the bees.
  • There will be no refunds for refusals
  • Please review disclaimer below.
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The subspecies A. m. carnica, from middle Europe, also has been a favored bee stock in the U.S. for several reasons. First, their explosive spring buildup enables this race to grow rapidly in population and take advantage of blooms that occur much earlier in the spring, compared to other stocks. Second, they are extremely docile and can be worked with little smoke and protective clothing. Third, they are much less prone to robbing other colonies of honey, lowering disease transmission among colonies. Finally, they are very good builders of wax combs, which can be used for products ranging from candles, to soaps, to cosmetics.

Because of their rapid buildup, however, Carniolan bees tend to have a high propensity to swarm (their effort to relieve overcrowding) and, therefore, may leave the beekeeper with a very poor honey crop. This stock requires continued vigilance to prevent the loss of swarms.


  • Does well in colder temperatures
  • Tendency to swarm in early spring
  • Less prone to rob other colonies of honey
  • Docile on the comb
  • Known for sense of direction
  • Able to adjust brood building when needed
  • High numbers of bees going into Spring
  • This package of Carniolan bees will include a cage, hard candy, queen, and 3 pounds of bees ( approximately 10, 000 - 12,000 bees).
  • These bees are sourced from Harvest Lane Honey.
  • Use these bees in new hives, or replace existing hives with them.
  • These are live bees, and are sensitive to the environment. Bees need to be installed within 24 hours of receipt - weather permitting. Bees need to be protected from direct wind, sunlight, heat or extreme cold while in their cage. Packages will have some death of bees due to the life cycle of the bees. 1%-10% is acceptable.
As a bee keeper, whether new or experienced, you may find yourself with questions or maybe you just want to connect with other bee keepers in your area. One of the best resources you have available to you on a local level will be your state's Beekeepers Association. Find yours below and reach out and join the bee community.
Click Here For Beekeepers Association Information

DISCLAIMER: All payments for queens and bee packages are NON REFUNDABLE once shipped. You may cancel at any point until you receive a shipment confirmation email. These are live insects and must ship next day air for delivery. When purchasing a mail order package you assume FULL responsibility. We offer no guarantee--implied, oral or written for any of package bees or queens. We are NOT responsible for package bees or queens left at the delivery location (customer assumes FULL responsibility). These are live insects and cannot withstand being exposed in their cages in the elements.

Note: Shipment is expected sometime between mid-April and mid-May depending on where your order is in the order queue. Timeline is subject to change dependent upon weather conditions. The quantity of bees is limited. They are only available while supplies last.

Specification Description
Number of Pieces: 1
Package Height: 11 in.
Package Length: 17 in.
Package Weight: 7 lb.
Package Width: 7 in.
Product Type: Live Bees
Brand: Harvest Lane Honey
Manufacturer Part Number BEESCA-101
Live Carniolan Honey Bees, 3 lb. Package is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 28.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great packaging. Arrived in 24 hours. I wanted to see if Carnolians were heartier than the Italians in NY. The package arrived quickly. There was slightly more loss than I typically experience with pick ups ( about 20%), but the colony seems to be doing well.
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very bad idea All of my bees arrived dead. This was a great idea that was very poorly executed. And a total waste of everyone's time, money and bees.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bees arrived dead Every bee in the package was dead upon arrival. Giving 2 stars because was refunded my money. Was not able to get more bees because they were already sold out for season.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from arrived healthy and are doing great The hive seems to be thriving. Within a week we had many frames with comb and the girls seemed very active.
Date published: 2018-05-23
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Is the Queen marked

Asked by: mooreworld
No she will not be marked
Answered by: QUEEN BEE
Date published: 2018-02-22

what origin of these B's Italian German

Asked by: Dee37
All our bees come from California
Answered by: QUEEN BEE
Date published: 2018-03-19

Does this include the queen?

Asked by: Phiil
Yes each package contains one queen.
Answered by: QUEEN BEE
Date published: 2018-02-01

I asked a question below about the Queen , it was in fact not answered..... Is the Queen Marked? The answer provided below makes it sound like someone is answering that knows nothing about bees.......of course She is in a cage....

Asked by: mooreworld
Thank you for your question. No the queen is not marked.
Answered by: QUEEN BEE
Date published: 2018-02-14

We are considering getting bees but have a few questions beforehand. We have chickens nearby potential hive location will these bees view them as a predator or intruder? Also which species do you recommend for a first time be keeper? 

Asked by: Brysons Dad
You will just need to make sure the hive is blocked off so the chickens can't get in the hive. They coexist very well. I would reccomend Italians for first time bee keepers.
Answered by: QUEEN BEE
Date published: 2018-02-06
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