Isabee's is now taking reservations for Spring, 2024 starter colonies. You may choose package bees from Georgia or nucleus colonies - either from our main supplier in Tennessee or from a limited number of locally-raised (bi-state) nucleus colonies. You may also choose to have your queens marked. 

You can reserve your colonies by selecting a quantity and making your deposit or purchase in full by credit card using the Place Order link below. You may also mail or drop off a check with minimum 50% deposit to Isabee's by February 15th to reserve your colonies.

Isabee's has been serving the bi-state beekeeping community since 2009. We strive to offer healthy, stress-free starter colonies, available at the optimal time to get a colony established, early April through mid-May.  If you have any questions or need assistance with your reservation, please contact us at sales@isabees.com or by phone at 314-894-8737.

All live bee orders are to be picked up at isabee's retail location in Fenton, MO. Isabee's will email with exact pick up date 5-10 days prior.

Package bees

3 lb. package (approximately 10,000 worker bees with mated Italian queen)


If you reserve early, you may choose either the 1st week of April or the 4th week of April for pick up at Isabee's*

Nucleus Colonies

5 frames with mated italian queen


Expect pick up between April 10th and May 1st. First come first, served*

Local Nucleus Colonies

5 frames with mated queen


Expect pick up between April 3 and May 12. First come, first served*


*Dates are estimates - weather conditions where colonies are bred and raised will determine delivery time. We will provide exact dates 5-10 days prior to delivery.

Fully Refundable Deposit

Demand is often greater than supply, so it's a good idea to reserve starter colonies as soon as possible. If you find in the spring you have better than expected resources with which you can increase your colonies from your own stock, your reservation is 100% refundable.

We will have queens available for those Spring splits and throughout the season. Let us know if you want queens, and when. We will have a selection of Italians - starting in early April; Carniolan, Minnesota Hygienic, and locally-raised, mated queens throughout the season.

Interested in Mated Queens