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2018 Reservations Now Open!

We sell out every year, and this year won’t be an exception: reserve your packages now!

Packaged honeybee colonies are now available for reservation. There will be a Delta pick-up and a Victoria pick-up option. We recommend reading all of the below before proceeding with your reservation.

2018 Package Options

[Last Updated: January 17th, 2018.]

Please note: at this time in the year all packaged honeybee delivery plans & costs are approximated, and subject to change. We do not receive exact details until closer to the dates of expected delivery. We’ll update information here as we receive updates; after you reserve you will automatically receive updates from us via email as we receive more specific details. Exact delivery dates are are never guaranteed due to the nature of livestock production and international transport.

For the 2018 spring season, we are presently expecting two deliveries:

All packages are available for pick-up only. We DO NOT ship packages.

Early March: Light Valley Packages (Chile)

Light Valley is a new supplier for us. They run a very tight operation. Last year was our first year offering their packages. Overall, we were happy with their performance, with many customers reported they performed very well on honey production and contended well against wasps. We will learn more about what to expect from them year-to-year and look forward to hearing your feedback!


They are a hybrid Carniolan, so you will see some of the same traits in these queens as you do in the Aratakis, in particular they should perform similarly in overwintering ability and honey production. Light Valley has their own in-house breeding program, so you typically get very similar traits through all queens. Light Valley packages come delivered in  box style packaging. Installation can be easy with these, and we will provide you with instructions on how to do so.


Please note that the early March shipment delivery date is approximate and changes in delivery time are possible due to the nature of livestock production and international transport.

All packages are available for pick-up only. We DO NOT ship packages.

Early April: Arataki Packages (New Zealand)

We have been supplying Arataki packages from the beginning here at Urban Bee Supplies. Previously all of our package shipments were Arataki, however supply is now limited, and we actually expected after last year we would not be able to supply them in 2018. Fortunately, it looks like we at least have one shipment this year! This will be good news for customers who have come to expect year-after-year the same results from Arataki: predictably gentle, productive and easy-to-manage bees.


These packages are unique and easy to use because they come in a tube, which in our experience is a bit easier to install than the box style.


These bees are Carniolins, and perform well in our BC climate. While some package suppliers purchase bees and queens from a Co-op of beekeepers, Arataki makes all their own packages & queens in-house.  So you know what your getting, an Arataki born and bred queen, not a queen from someone just giving it a try.


These packages do cost more than others out there, but there is a reason for that.  Give them a try and you’ll see. If you want a gentle bee that is amazing at producing honey, then this is where you want your bees from. Last year we were told it may be Arataki’s last year producing, and we are very pleased to have at least another year with them! Give them a try while we know they are still available.


Please note that the early April shipment delivery date is approximate and changes in delivery time are possible due to the nature of livestock production and international transport.

All packages are available for pick-up only. We DO NOT ship packages.

Installing a package of Arataki honey bees: Video #2

Installing a package of Arataki honey bees: Video #1

Pictured above: Arataki packages arrive in a tube style package. Very easy to install.


Pictured below: Two pictures of results sent to us by customers from the 2011 summer. Amazing!

Pictured above: an example of what a typical box-style package looks like.

Pricing

Please note package payments include a $30 non-refundable deposit per package. If you cancel your order, we refund the full amount paid minus the $30 deposit paid per package. Please see our Terms & Conditions for more details.


Disclaimer: Pricing is subject to change without notice. Our prices are set based on our most recent estimate from our supplier. If you purchase a package now and the price goes up you won’t owe the difference and got a good deal; however, if prices go down we will refund the difference in cash when you pick-up your bees. Ordering early guarantees you the lowest price!

Pricing for Light Valley Packages (1 kg bees/package):












Light Valley package pricing (Ladner):

1-9 QTY: $250 each

10-19 QTY: $247 each***

20-49 QTY: $245 each***

50-99 QTY: $242 each***

100+ QTY: $236 each***

Light Valley package pricing (Victoria):

1-9 QTY: $255 each

10-19 QTY: $252 each***

20-49 QTY: $250 each***

50-99 QTY: $247 each***

100+ QTY: $241 each***



Pricing for Arataki Packages (1 kg bees/package):











Arataki package pricing (Ladner):

1-9 QTY: $270 each

10-19 QTY: $267 each***

20-49 QTY: $265 each***

50-99 QTY: $262 each***

100+ QTY: $256 each***

Arataki package pricing (Victoria):

1-9 QTY: $275 each

10-19 QTY: $272 each***

20-49 QTY: $270 each***

50-99 QTY: $267 each***

100+ QTY: $261 each***



***Please contact us at 604-364-1993 or at sales@urbanbeesupplies.ca if ordering 10 or more packages. Discounted rates are only available for payment via e-transfer, mailed cheque, or in store with cash or debit. Payments via credit card or our online store will always be subject to the full price.***

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