ITALIAN HONEY BEE

The honey bee did not originate in North America. Because they were brought over by settlers, we now have a variety of honey bee races, such as Italian bees, Carniolan bees, Caucasian bees, German Black bees, and Africanized honey bees.

Italian honey bees are the most popular bee for a beekeeper to have in their hives, and they are known for making great honey.

We specialize in the sale of Italian honey bees and Italian queens. Italian honey bees are docile in nature, so they are a favorite among beekeepers and perfect for new beekeepers.

The Queen

A hive only has one Queen. She is the only one to reproduce and lay eggs. She is easier to spot when comparing her size to the worker bees and drones. A queen honey bee lives much longer than any other bee in the hive. Her lifespan can last up to 3 to 4 years.

It is recommended to check the hive once every couple of weeks to make sure she is alive and thriving. If you can’t find her in the hive, another way to check on the general health of the queen is to check for new eggs, which can usually be spotted at the bottom of the cells.

Another noticeable feature of the queen bee is that her stinger is not barbed and she rarely uses it. A gentle, patient beekeeper should be able to avoid being stung by the queen. Some more experienced beekeepers report never being stung by the queen herself.

Call ahead to check on our queen availability and to place any orders.

Nuc (Nucleus Colonies)

We sell nucs, or nucleus colonies, for those looking to start their beekeeper journey or wish to expand their existing colonies. Nucs are made from larger honey bee colonies. Each nuc we sell has five frames and comes in a shipping box. With your new nuc, you can expect a laying queen, larvae, pollen, and honey.

It’s pretty common for nucs to have larvae inside the cells, and when a queen is not present, the worker bees will make a queen from one of the larvae.

A new queen from another colony can also be introduced, which is why we offer Italian queen bees for our fellow beekeepers.

It’s pretty common for nucs to have larvae inside the cells, and when a queen is not present, the worker bees will make a queen from one of the Egg’s larvae sealed brood.

A new queen from another colony can also be introduced, which is why we offer Italian queen bees for our fellow beekeepers.

Bringing Home Your Nuc

When you get home with your 5 Frame Nucs, place them next to your prepared box.  Remove all frames from your prepared box.  Gently remove each frame of bees and place them in the center of your ten rame box.  You will then add five of your remaining frames to each side of the box.  (ex.  two frames on one side and three frames on the other side).

When your bees are ready for pick up, we will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Nuc orders can be picked up directly from our McCalla, Alabama or Aliceville, Alabama location.

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12830 Hilda Drive, McCalla, AL 3511

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1.800.555.6789

ADDRESS

12830 Hilda Drive,McCalla, AL 3511

WORKING HOURS

9:00am – 6:00pm