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Buying Bees & Queens

Package Bees & Nucleus Hives (Nucs)

If you are offering packages, nucs, or queens this year and you would like to be included on this page please contact
Please note:  The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild does not make any endorsements and is not responsible for any part of your transaction with the vendor.  Listings are here for your convenience.  Do your homework and let the buyer beware.

Here are a few folks who are selling bees locally for 2014:

  1. Bill Mondjack and Steve Finke are selling 3 lb. packages of Italian honey bees and extra queens for delivery on (or about) Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers apiary.  Each package has a queen and enough bees (about 10 kg) to start a complete new colony.  We have a fixed quantity reserved for us so it's first-come, first served on orders that are received with payment.  See the order form for the details on how to order. 

  2. Worcester Honey Farms Spring Packages - Available for Pickup Saturday, April 5, 2014* or Saturday, April 19*, 2013 (* Actual date depends on weather.) Order your packages now!  At 2:00 P.M. on the day of pickup, see a demonstration on installing package bees. Conveniently located in the exact center of Montgomery County  Package includes 3-pound workers with Italian queen. For questions, ordering information, or status of bee deliveries, see Email:

Pick up in Wilkes-Barre, PA  Dates:
April 5th, 2014
April 19th, 2014
April 26th, 2014

4.  Keeney & Ziegler Apiaries, Bethel PA  - Breeder of Norther Queens Available May 15 to Sept. 1
Package Bees and Nucs in season.  Contact Dennis Keeney 717-933-8565 or 717-432-5088

5.  Spring and Summer 5-Frame Nucs available for pickup in Lewistown, PA.  Call Aaron for availability and pricing:  800-736-6205

6.  Bjorn Apiaries in Lewisberry, PA.  Spring packages in April; Northern stock queens and Nucs in season.  phone 717-938-0444

7.  Bees-N-Trees, Hummelstown, PA - Package bees from Georgia call 717-329-3216

8.  J&J Apiaries, Tunkhannock, PA (Poconos) - Four frame nucs   570-836-4108

2013 (Not confirmed for 2014 but worth calling if you can't reach any of the above)

  1. Warren Graham:  Nucs and queens from local Northern Survivor Stock ($125), Queens ($25). Call Warren  at 610-565-2032

  2. Dan Borkoski: Queens produced from VSH/Carniolan stock mated with local survivors - $25 with pickup in Kennett Square. Five-frame nucs are also seasonally available in deeps and mediums. Dan Borkoski may be reached at 443-854-6533 or

  3. Pete Bell:  New Castle, DE selling 5-frame nucs and queens bred in Delaware.  Available late spring/early summer but reserve now.  443-350-6926.

  4. Don Carns:  Millersburg, PA selling 5-frame nucs and queens bred in upstate Pennsylvania.  Available late spring/early summer but reserve now.  Must specify deep or medium frames in advance; must bring your own box to carry them home.  717-692-4468.

  5. Vincent Aloyo: Blue Bell, PA selling 5-frame medium nucs. Carniolan/hybrid queen from Koehnon & Sons. Expected availability: first weekend of May 2013. $125 + $6 deposit on white corrugated nuc box. Email to reserve.

Small Cell Bees

  • If you are interested in purchasing small-cell bees, you may contact the Seaborns of Wolf Creek Apiaries in Tennessee. They sell and ship both packages and nucs. More information can be found at:

  • If you'd like more general information on small-cell or natural-cell bees, look here.


  • Jeff Eckel is selling Philadelphia-raised queens bred from cold-hardy overwintered survivor stock. Contact him at or 215-350-7846 for availability and pricing.

  • For more on queens click here.

Please note:  The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild does not make any endorsements and is not responsible for any part of your transaction with the vendor.  Listings are here for your convenience.  Do your homework and let the buyer beware.

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