PACKAGES BEES 2019

Alaska Honey Bee Package Bees 2019

4 lb. Package bees & Queens for beekeeping in Alaska.

Early Bird Price $195.00 until January 2019

Starting September, 01, 2018 until January, 01, 2019 I am accepting pre-orders for package bees. Price currently for spring 2019 pre-orders is $195.00 Per 4lb. package bee, extra queens $40.00. Please email me your order to get in on this current early price, prices will go up starting January 2019. Prices are the same as last season, but you have to act before January 2019 to get in on this early price.

Please read all of this page so you do not have any surprises about policy.

Placing an order

For documentation please email your package bee order, also I use email to create a time line for orders to be fair to all.
Email orders to klm@gci.net

I need the following information to book an order;

1. Name
2. Area for pick up / General location
3. How many Package bees desired / also add extra queens if desired
4. Strains desired
5. Phone numbers
6. If you do not have email you can phone your order to me, but I really do prefer email orders. 907-242-0588
7. How you prefer to pay, keeping in mind the $8.00 per package charge for credit card, and paypal payments.

2019 Pricing!

  • One – 4lb. package bee with one queen each, price is $231.50
  • The price for one package bee will remain constant, the price for 2 up to 9 will graduate up in price as described below.
  • two up to nine 4lb. Package Bees, price is $210.00
  • Starting February 15th. price for 2 up to 9 package bees will go up 5% to $220.5
  • Starting March 15th. price for 2 up to 9 package bees will go up 5% to $231.50
  • 10 to 25 – 4lb. package bees; call or email for Quote.
  • Over 25 – 4lb. package bees; call or email for Quote.
  • Extra queens available. $40.00

I have expanded my apportionment for package bees this 2019 spring, and will have more packages than I did last year.

I have talked to my supplier, and have begun the process of increasing the number of package bees to be available for my customers.  A number of beekeepers have pre-ordered their packages for this coming spring to avoid the stress of potentially missing out.

I am the longest running supplier of Package bees in the state of Alaska, dating back to 1993, 25 years without a break. I may even be the largest supplier, I weigh around 200 lbs. Supplying bees longer than any other supplier in Alaska. I offer four-pound packages of honeybees, which I import from Central California.

“Although you may find cheaper bees if you shop around, you will not find better bees.” I know, that is a goofy statement!! That is because all the bees coming into Alaska, for the most part, come from the same area of Northern California. So how can you get better bees from only one supplier. All suppliers bees are ruffly the same in quality. The queens are what really make the difference as to how well a package bee preforms. In my opinion, the best strategy is, if you have the luxury, buy your bees from more than one supplier to buffer any concerns of time delays, and poor performing queens. If you do want cheaper bees check out my competitors by CLICKING HERE. You may find cheaper queens, but you will not find better queens just anywhere. It is the queens that really make the difference.

This season I am only providing 4 pound package bees. Email, or call for bulk pricing on ten, or more.

2019 Pricing!

  • One – 4lb. package bee with one queen each, price is $231.50
  • The price for one package bee will remain constant, the price for 2 up to 9 will graduate up in price as described below.
  • two up to nine 4lb. Package Bees, price is $210.00
  • Starting February 15th. price for 2 up to 9 package bees will go up 5% to $220.5
  • Starting March 15th. price for 2 up to 9 package bees will go up 5% to $231.50
  • 10 to 25 – 4lb. package bees; call or email for Quote.
  • Over 25 – 4lb. package bees; call or email for Quote.
  • Extra queens available. $40.00

I sell package bees of selected genetics, that are hybrid genetics, with queen Daughters that can, and will be any color hue. Do not buy bees from me if you are stuck on bees being one color. Real bees can be any color, only Man selects for color in an artificial way. Read more at bottom of page, and also about Queen replacement policy.
I prefer folks to place an order by email for documentation at klm@gci.net, unless you have no email service, you can call me to order.

Orders accepted up to, and at times beyond, delivery dates. Please feel free to place an order, or change an order at any time. Dates for bees to arrive will be April in Spring.

It gets more difficult to make changes the closer arrival gets. If you are unable to pick up your bees at arrival, when you get a phone call, to pick them up, you would need to have someone arranged to pick them up for you ahead of time. This is where you call on a beekeeper friend to help out, just like in the old days. If you do not have a beekeeper friend you really must get out sometime, and meet some. Please be sure to read further for information concerning your area. I may add an additional distribution date if order numbers mandate it.

Strains Available

1. – Alaska Honey Bee (AHB) Currently Available for 2017 Season. Breeders are from a colonies that have been surviving winters in Alaska, untreated (ZERO anything). This years AHB Breeder Mothers are from Nathan Broumley’s Apiaries here in South-Central Alaska. Nathan is a small cell Treatment Free Beekeeper. Breeder Daughters mated in California. Since mating is done in California with multiple drone’s, progeny will be hybrids. Russian Base line Genetics. Substitute queens incase of mating failures will be either IRS, or Carniolan.

2. – Improved Russian Stock (IRS) Breeders From the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Breeder Daughters mated in California. Since mating is done in California with multiple drone progeny will be hybrids. Russian, Caucasian Base Genetics. Substitute queens incase of mating failures will be either AHB, or Carniolan.

3. – Troy Hall Queen Daughters (THQD) New source honey bees for Alaska from New Hampshire. Troy Hall was mentored by Kirk Webster, and started his queen breeding operation with stock from Kirk W.. From Treatment Free Apiary. Breeder Daughters mated in California. The breeders are of Russian Base Genetics from Vermont Beekeeper Troy Hall’s Stock.

4. – New World Carniolan (NWC) First Cousin to the Russian, always a great choice for Alaska’s cooler conditions. They winter really good.

5. – Italian – I do not consider Italian honey bees to be suitable for Alaska conditions, Always good brooding, comb builders, and honey producers. Not known to winter well in northern locations. Must have a five package bee Minimum to order Italians.

Read more on strains, click hear.

2019 Pricing!

  • One – 4lb. package bee with one queen each, price is $231.50
  • The price for one package bee will remain constant, the price for 2 up to 9 will graduate up in price as described below.
  • two up to nine 4lb. Package Bees, price is $210.00
  • Starting February 15th. price for 2 up to 9 package bees will go up 5% to $220.5
  • Starting March 15th. price for 2 up to 9 package bees will go up 5% to $231.50
  • 10 to 25 – 4lb. package bees; call or email for Quote.
  • Over 25 – 4lb. package bees; call or email for Quote.
  • Extra queens available. $40.00

No hidden fees, or gas charge to outlying areas where I personally deliver, there may be a gas charge on the Kenai Peninsula.

Placing an order

For documentation please email your package bee order, also I use email to create a time line for orders to be fair to all.
Email orders to klm@gci.net

I need the following information to book an order;

1. Name
2. Area for pick up / General location
3. How many Package bees desired / also add extra queens if desired
4. Strains desired
5. Phone numbers
6. If you do not have email you can phone your order to me, but I really do prefer email orders. 907-242-0588
7. How you prefer to pay, keeping in mind the $8.00 per package charge for credit card, and Paypal payments.

Making Payment

Please prepay by mid March. Payment is not to be made to pick up cooperators or at any pick up location. Please USPS mail me a check payment, or I can receive payment using credit card, or Paypal. Inform me when you email your order, and I will invoice you for according to the type payment you prefer.

Credit Card and paypal payments will have a $8.00 service charge added to each package bee ordered.

when emailing order inform me what payment method you prefer, so I can invoice you Squareup, or paypal if you want.

Don’t forget I add $8.00 per package bee for credit charges.
When placing an order please inform me if you want to make payment using these two methods by credit card, or paypal, so I can add the service charge to your total.

Please make payment when paying by check, or money order out to Keith Malone, or “Alaska Honey Bee”.

Package bee distribution dates for 2019, tentative.

Pay attention to dates designated to areas.

Areas to be distributed are;

1st shipment date Yet to be determined in early April. Remember dates are tentative. Areas to be transported to are Talkeetna, Fairbanks, North Pole, Delta Junction, and Anchorage. Northern area delivery is subject to a 24 hour delay for travel time.

2nd shipment date Yet to be determined in early April. Remember dates are tentative. Kenai Peninsula, and Mat-Su Valley areas will be included in this shipment. Sarah Souders will transport to the Peninsula and hand out in that area.

3rd shipment date Yet to be determined in early April. Remember dates are tentative. 1. Anchorage, 2. Eagle River, and 3. Mat-Su Valley areas will be included in this shipment. Beekeepers not located in the areas designated for this shipment must arrange to pick up their bees in one of the three afore mentioned areas.

Shipment Dates Subject to change dependent on weather, queen mating conditions in California, and transportation scheduling, any date is tentative. Email updates periodically.

Making Payment

Please prepay by mid March. Payment is not excepted by pick up cooperators, they are instructed not to receive payments for bees. Payment must be made to me, or Alaska Honey Bee prior to pick up. Please USPS mail me a check payment, or when emailing order inform me what payment method you prefer, so I can invoice you Square or paypal if you want.

I can receive payment using credit card, or Paypal.
Credit Card and paypal payments will have a $8.00 service charge added to each package bee ordered.

When placing an order please inform me if you want to make payment using these two methods by credit card or paypal so I can add the service charge to your total, and invoice you.

Please make payment when paying by check, or money order out to me or “Alaska Honey Bee”.

Send Payment to;

Keith Malone
Alaska Honey Bee
P.O. Box 671092
Chugiak, AK 99567

Queen replacement policy.

I have a queen replacement policy that others do not offer. Here it is, I will replace dead, failing, and missing queens from the current package bees sold this current year before the third week in May, or up to three weeks after package bee pick up, free of charge. Why, when other suppliers only give you a week to get replacements. I want you to enjoy, and get a good return on your initial investment in your bees. I really do not care if you accidentally kill your queen, I will replace her for free within the conditions given above. Call me and I will priority mail you a queen usually the next day or the following day. You will receive her usually in three days from mailing if Sunday does not get in the path.
What I will not do is replace a queen that you do not like the color of, since all strains in nature comes in all the color hues of Honey Bees.
In nature queens come in a variable rainbow of colors in the black, brown, and yellow hues. In nature these colors in every strain express them selfs dependent on mostly geographical reasons, Like lowland verses highlands, and latitudinal lines North verses south. In nature the bees sort this out with their mating strategies. In the artificial world of Mankind we have hybrids that are hand selected from nature to bring out unique characteristics that Mankind deems what is good. Color is one, like Italians that come in many hues naturally are deliberately selected for the lighter hues. Some beekeepers think they are pretty.
Since the bees I sell are not pure of any strain, then queens produced may be, and can be, of any color hue honey bees come in. So I will not replace a queen that you do not like the color of. You may not like black bees, yellow bees, or let’s say tiger-striped, but you will be getting what you paid for, a hybrid bee. I sell hybrid bees.
One of the reasons other commercial queen producers put out yellow (Italian), or black Carniolan consistently is because they sort out the colors their customers demand of color. In their large operations do you think they never see opposing queen colors. The public citizen beekeeper only knows they get what they pay for.
If what it is you want is a consistently black, or yellow queen bee then you might want to buy bees from another supplier whose queen producers select for color. New World Carniolans are black, but even they can be a lighter color at times. I sell package bees of selected genetics that are hybrid genetics that can and will be any color hue.

Contact information for Alaska Honey Bee is;

907-242-0588
EMAIL; klm@gci.net

Keith Malone
Alaska Honey Bee
P.O. Box 671092
Chugiak, AK 99567

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