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PACKAGE BEES and NUCS - Pick up only, Hudson Valley, New York

We have multiple options.
March Packages - We provide our queens for late March bulk bees from Georgia hauled by Erich Kress to Livingston, NY. For those contact Erich at (518) 567-4123.

2018 pricelist for our bees:
2 lb Package (best installed on drawn comb) - $110
3 lb Package - $150
5 frame Langstroth nuc (brood, food, bees and their own queen on mix of small-cell and natural comb in a plastic nuc box) - $225
5 comb top bar nuc (our unique dimensions) in travel box - $200
5 comb top bar nuc in our 3 ft box - $250
Pick up is in mid-May in the Hudson Valley. No shipping. Email to reserve.


Anarchy Apiaries provides cold-hardy, survivor stock queen bees raised in both Florida and New York. Shipping and pickups start in February. We bring northern, mite and disease-resistant breeder queens south to provide these alternative genetics to beekeepers any time of year.
We keep around 14 families of diverse lineages (survivor mutts). We are promoting Russian-type stock for winter hardiness, pollen hoarding, and disease resistance. We also run VSH Carniolans, Buckfast, and on request, we can provide Italian-type stock that maintains bigger clusters, responds quickly to stimulus and likes longer broodrearing seasons. Our FL queens are certified-European by FDACS. We graft from 2+ year old queens from 6 different families each week and generally provide multiple families in each queen order. We provide the breeder numbers on the queen cages, and we appreciate feedback on their performance. Queens are caught at three weeks after cell placement, with their own capped brood present. All bees are treatment-free since 2005 and will continue to be so. We have seen the good, the bad, and the bugly.

1 queen $40 plus $24 USPS express shipping.
2-14 queens $35 each, plus shipping. Attendants are shipped inside the cages. Remove attendants before introduction if you are sure you won’t lose the queen.
15-29 queens $33 each, plus shipping UPS, 1 or 2 day, price varies, with cover bees in battery boxes.
30-49 queens $30 each.
50+ queens $28 each.
Pickups - $30 each, minimum 2. Pickups are in Broward County, FL, February-April, and Columbia County or Essex County, NY, April-August.

Marking is available upon request for $2 per queen.
A limited number of second year (yellow dot), NY raised queens are available for potential queen-raising purposes. $100 each.

Email is preferred: Texting is also a viable option, 406-396-8357, and preferred over voice messages.
Please order as soon as you know your shipping date (a Tuesday or Wednesday) to reserve. If we do not respond within a week, likely nothing is available at that time. Once your order is confirmed by us via email/text, we will next contact you at least 3 days before your shipping date, with payment due then via credit/debit card/PayPal online or by mailed check/money order.
We prefer that these queens not be used in emergency situations- fixing hives with laying workers or "hopelessly" queenless and broodless situations. Even if the queen is accepted, the workers won't live long enough to establish a new broodnest. Instead, we recommend making back-up nucs during peak season. Make one or more nucs per large hive, feed them VERY well, and use them to requeen or support them to get through winter.
We recommend splitting a hive 6 weeks (2 brood cycles) after its last brood break- that is, 6 weeks after installing a package or swarm or 6 weeks after the hive requeens itself by swarming, superceding, or splitting.
In our vision of a viable beekeeping world, all beekeepers raise their own local queens during swarm season by whatever means- catching swarms, using swarm cells, natural emergency cells, or grafting. It’s not about whether you treat your bees or not; it’s about if you are making bees every year or buying bees every year. If you are good enough at making bees, then you can start experimenting with minimizing the support system. It’s taking the challenge of beekeeping to the next level and the next generation. We hope to provide some genetic lines that will further your hives towards resilience. Bees have taught me to have faith in the adaptability of nature and that everything will basically bee ok.

Bees on into it.
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