In the world of beekeeping, a small box capable of holding a few pounds of bees and a food source such as a syrup can is called a “package”. The use of packages to transport bees has a long history dating back to the 1880’s. The main transportation method was by railroad with the bees, then transferred to the local post office for delivery. Commercial transportation and the post office are still used today although the most common method is for an individual to pick up a large number of packages for bee clubs and/or individuals. More and more clubs are buying direct from the suppliers.
Package prices can range from $65 to $120 dollars each depending on the source, quantities ordered, and type of queen. Price breaks can occur at 100, 300, and 500 packages. These prices are for three pound packages. Two, three, and four pound packages are most common available.