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Live Bees

For the beekeeping beginner, or the expert who wants to expand his apiary, Pigeon Mountain Trading Company® has the bees to meet your needs! We offer three-pound packages, nucs, and Queen bees. Our live, Italian bees are only available in the spring and early summer, so be sure to order yours today, as quantities are limited! Please note that all live bee purchases are non-refundable.


Live bees are only shipped using the United States Post Office. Live bees are excluded from free shipping.

Live bees can only be shipped inside the contiguous United States.

Shipping of Live Bees:  Pigeon Mountain Trading Company® can only guarantee that the bees are delivered to the USPS in good condition. We cannot and do not in any way guarantee that USPS will deliver the bees to you in good condition. PMTC is no longer liable for the bees once they are accepted by the carrier; our only liability is to deliver the bees to USPS in good condition. Even though we have a great success rate through USPS, we insure all of our bee packages with the carrier in order to protect our customers. In the event that your bees arrive dead or damaged, refunds will be processed by the carrier, not Pigeon Mountain Trading Company®.

For USPS delivery, normally you will have to pick your bees up from your local post office. Please check your bees before accepting the package and do not accept them if they are in bad condition (more than two inches of dead bees in the bottom of the box). In the case that the bees are delivered to your door and they are in bad condition please take pictures of them to provide evidence for your USPS claim.  You must file a claim immediately with the postmaster directly.

Also, please understand that we ship our live bees using USPS Priority Mail ONLY so they can be insured, not to expedite shipping time. Your bees will still be delivered by ground.  This means that if you are a significant distance from us, such as CA, WA, OR, MT, etc., your bees will take longer than 2-3 days to arrive. The bees have enough sugar syrup in the feeding can provided to last up to 9 days in transit, and again we have a very high success rate using this method.

For NUC Deliveries, we do understand that it is virtually impossible to check the health of a NUC of bees upon pick up at the Post Office. In the case that you get your NUC home and the bees are in bad condition upon opening them, please take pictures for documentation and file your insurance claim with the postmaster directly.

Pick up of bees: If the customer prefers to pick up the bees at our store in LaFayette, GA, the customer accepts full responsibility and liability of the the bees after pick up.  A 50% non-refundable deposit is required on all live bee orders for pick up in our store.  Once you select a shipping date, it cannot be altered without the permission of PMTC.

Swarms: While PMTC hates to see any customer lose a hive to swarming, we cannot replace your hive once it leaves our store, no matter how short a period of time you have had it.

Due to the limited quantity of bees available, all live bee purchases are non-refundable. You may cancel your order, but you will not get your money back. Once you select a shipping date, it cannot be altered without the permission of PMTC.

 

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  1. Package Bees

    Package Bees

    Live bees are excluded from free shipping. Our three-pound package contains approximately 10,000 Italian bees enclosed in a standard wooden cage with a wire screen along both sides to allow for ventilation. The Queen (who is not marked) is placed in a separate cage that is suspended at the top the package. Within the Queen cage are five to seven worker bees to care for the Queen, as well as a sugar-candy plug. A can of sugar water, with a few small holes in the bottom, is also part of the package. There is enough sugar water to last the bees eight days in transit. Package bees may be picked up at our store or shipped USPS. The shipping cost is included in the price and covers shipping, packaging, and insurance coverage. Please select your shipping date/pickup date below. Because of the limited quantity of bees, once you place your order, you will not be able to get your money back. Live bees can only be shipped inside the contiguous United States $140.00 is the price for Store Pick Up. $190.00 is the price to ship USPS. The date you select is the day the bees will ship from our facility, not the date the bees will arrive at your location.
    $140.00
  2. Queens

    Queens

    Every package and nuc you order comes with a Queen bee. Queens can live up to three to five years but may need to be replaced for a variety of reasons. These reasons could include poor performance associated with age, unexpected death, diminished pheromones, decreased egg laying abilities. Let us help you keep your hive strong and productive! Queen bees are available from April through June. They come marked or unmarked, and can be picked up at the store, or shipped UPS. Live bees can only be shipped inside the contiguous United States. We recommend that you select UPS for shipping. When you place your order for a Queen, it will ship as soon as it is available per your order date. We only ship Queens Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We will overnight them on Thursday for Friday delivery. You can pick them up at the store during normal store hours.
    $37.00
  3. Nucs

    Nucs

    NUCS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR THE 2019 SEASON! Jump start your beekeeping with a Nucleus Colony from PMTC! Our nucs are created from larger colonies that have been fully established. Each nuc you order consists of five deep frames that contain eggs, larva, capped brood and honey. The advantage of purchasing a nuc is that it is further along in its development than a package of bees would be. Nucs are packaged snuggly in wooden boxes so the frames don’t bounce around during transit. The Queen is housed in a separate cage with five to seven worker bees to care for her. The box has screened vent holes on each end towards the bottom of the box. The lid also has two, large, screened vent holes as well. Please select delivery date and if you will pick your nuc up from the store, or have it shipped USPS. If you choose delivery, the shipping cost is included in the price, and covers shipping, packaging and insurance coverage. Because of the limited quantity of bees, once you place your order, you will not be able to get your money back. $227.00 is the price for Store Pick Up. $301.00 is the price to ship USPS. The date you select is the week the nuc will ship from our facility, not the date the nuc will arrive at your location. Live bees can only be shipped inside the contiguous United States.
    $227.00
  4. Bulk Quantities of Package Bees

    Bulk Quantities of Package Bees

    For orders of six or more, please call the store for pricing. Bulk orders can't be placed online. 706-638-1491

    $120.00
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