January 21, 2018
Delivery Dates: April 14th, 21st, & 28th.
We are the largest supplier of bee packages in the state of Alaska. We offer only four-pound packages of honeybees, which we import from central California. We have a long-standing relationship with our supplier, John Foster Apiaries, one of the largest beekeeping operations in California. Our supplier runs about 25,000 of his own hives. John carefully maintains his own breeding program and has always produced high-quality packages and excellent queens. His queen breeding program supplies thousands of queens throughout North America even sending over 20,000 queens last year to Canada.
We believe that although you may find cheaper bees if you shop around, you will not find better bees.
As we have done in the past, we will be making multiple trips during April to accompany each shipment of bees from our supplier’s operation to the distribution points here in Alaska. This is by far the least stressful way to transport packages of bees. Our transport times are typically two days: bees are placed into packages on Thursday and are at our Alaska distribution points on Saturday. We make the journey from Sacramento using trailers that are modified specifically for transporting packages of bees. Temperature monitors, ventilated floorboards, air circulation fans and air conditioning are all part of our system for insuring the least amount of stress to the package of bees that you will get. At the airfreight terminal we configure packages on our own custom built transport pallets in such a manner that there is ample air circulation around the bees. Our bees fly on dedicated space to avoid the potential of having air circulation and overheating issues that occur on many commercial cargo/passenger planes.
We pride ourselves in having the most organized, the most communicative, the most personalized bee delivery system in the state.
Because of the way we transport our bees and because we stand behind our products, we have always guaranteed our queens to be alive, healthy, and fertile. Packages are imported with a certificate of health and personally guaranteed to be in good shape. As always, we plan for the event that something can go wrong and bring up extra packages in our shipments in case any of the packages has trouble while en-route. A replacement package is often readily available at that very moment. Occasionally a package will arrive with a dead queen (3 year average is less than 1%). We have replacement queens available during shipment weeks as well as into summer.
Our packages come with a marked single queen bee. Some beekeepers prefer double-queen packages. Double-queens are more complicated to manage but have an accelerated rate of population growth, often leading to a larger crop at the end of the season.
Package demand continues in both the commercial as well as the hobby beekeeping markets. Our queen costs have also gone up. This increased the cost of our packages by $10 over last year's price. If you are from the Interior or from the Peninsula our transportation costs have decreased per package because we are hauling larger numbers of packages to those areas.
If this is the first time you are ordering bees through us---Welcome!
Here is some information for bee delivery day and how we get your bees to you: How We Distribute the Bees
Packages of bees that arrive on April 14th will be for the Anchorage and Valley areas.
Packages of bees that arrive on April 21st will be primarily for Anchorage, the Valley and Interior Alaska. There is a $5/package charge for the Interior to cover the costs of transportation.
Packages of bees that arrive on April 28th will be primarily for Anchorage, the Valley and the Kenai Peninsula. There is a $4/package charge for Soldotna, and $5/package charge for Homer to cover the costs of transportation.
This is a single Italian queen bee. We usually carry a supply of queens at Big Lake. If you are also ordering packages, consider selecting double-queen packages as queens typically transport better this way. Note that a package normally contains a single queen.
This is a single Carniolan queen bee. We usually carry a supply of queens at Big Lake. If you are also ordering packages, consider selecting double-queen packages as queens typically transport better this way. Note that a package normally contains a single queen.
This is a single Foster Buckfast queen bee. We usually carry a supply of queens at Big Lake. If you are also ordering packages, consider selecting double-queen packages as queens typically transport better this way. Note that a package normally contains a single queen.