Latest information on package bees and nucs for the 2020 season

Great news, we now have our dates for package bees for spring 2020. 

Before we get excited and place our orders, I need you to read this page in its entirety. After you understand how this whole thing works, then you can order your bees and feel confidant about what to expect when they are ready for pickup here in Hampton.

This may seem self explanatory but a package of bees is just that; It is a wooden and wire screen box that contains about 10,000 worker bees, a few drones, a mated queen in her introduction cage, and a can of syrup that is intended to feed the bees during transport. Nothing else is included, the hive and all of its components will need to be purchased separately. ( see our page about available hives and components) 

The package bees that we sell are from Italian stock, raised in Claxton Georgia by Wilbanks Apiaries, the foremost supplier of packages for four generations. These bees are rushed to Connecticut in 18 hours and you will achieve your best results if you install them on the evening that they arrive. Keep in mind that honeybees are living breathing animals and they need to be treated as such. Weather conditions in Georgia may delay shipment and you need to be flexible regarding the pickup date. If you are unable or unwilling to be so, then I suggest that you do not take up beekeeping. We always post the latest information about when the bees are expected on this page. On the day that the bees arrive, (usually on Friday) we stay open till 7:00 PM and then the following day, (usually Saturday) till noon. Here is where I draw a hard line, If the bees are not picked up, or satisfactory arrangements made by noon on the second day, you will forfeit the bees and I will not refund money for no shows.

To order package bees, send me an email stating the quantity that you require to  I will reply with the appropriate form for the load that I am currently booking. We have two loads scheduled and may add more if needed. If you have any questions, call me 860-428-1731. I usually ignore text messages and messenger so you have been warned.

First load, expected April 10th.  Filled, no additional orders

Second load, expected May1st. Still open for orders.

Package bees with unmarked queens are $137.00 including sales tax

Package bees with marked queens are $142.00 including sales tax

Package bees            

Five Frame Nucs

 Now lets talk about 5 frame nucleus colonies, or “nucs” as they are commonly called. Each spring, from over 300 of our colonies, I select the three that have wintered in the best condition here in Southern New England. The queens from these special colonies are then used to provide larvae that will become new queens. We add these developing queens to three frames of worker larvae (or brood as we call it) and one full comb of honey and pollen as a food reserve. These components, along with one more empty combs are placed into a special hive where the young queen will hatch out, mate and then begin laying eggs that will become an expanding population of worker bees in their new home. This process usually takes from 3-4 weeks and only after I have verified the health and quality of the queen and her offspring will I release this nuc to its new owner. Because we put so much care into raising these bees, they will not be ready until late May at the earliest. We will not release them until they are ready to our satisfaction. If you are in a hurry to get bees, consider ordering a 3lb package of bees that will arrive earlier. Like the packages, we fill nuc orders in the sequence that they were placed.

When your nucs are ready for pickup, we will email you with dates to come get them. Because these nucs usually have robust populations, we do not allow them to be transferred into regular nuc boxes and anyone who shows up with them will be turned away.  Instead we require you to bring one story of your hive and we transfer them into your hive for transport home. When I notify you of the impending pick up, I also include a detailed list of what to bring and if you need some or all of the components, we offer them for sale. We try to make this as easy as possible but the potential for stress or death to the bees forces us to be very strict about how you move them.

This year we are charging $180.00 for our nucs and you can request them by sending an email to


   Need equipment? Check out our equipment page for beehive prices and availability.

MapQuest link for directions to A&Z Apiaries in Hampton CT is here     My address is 143 South Brook Rd, Hampton CT. Be careful, sometimes older GPS software will put you in Scotland, 5 miles from here. 

 Directions?   We are located at 143 South Brook RD, Hampton CT 06247.

If you have any questions you can always call me at 860-428-1731.

Contact us; or call ,  860-428-1731.

Adam Fuller, A&Z Apiaries, 143 South Brook Rd, Hampton CT. 06247