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Installing a package of Arataki honey bees: Video #2

Installing a package of Arataki honey bees: Video #1

Arataki Packaged Bees

We bring our packaged honey bees into Canada from New Zealand in the early spring.  Our shipment will come at the end of March or the beginning of April only.  This year we only have have very limited quantities available.

These packages are unique and easy to use because they come in a tube.  The ease of installation is top notch, and the quality of the bees is beyond anything we’ve seen before.  

The bees are  the newest line of Arataki's Carniolans and have some improved traits that suit the Canadian climate and apicultural business well.

While some suppliers purchase bees and queens from a Co-op of beekeepers, Arataki makes all their own queens.  So you know what your getting, an Arataki born and bred queen, not a queen from someone just giving it a try.

Our packages do cost slightly 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. Unfortunately this might be our last year offering them as the company might be closing their doors.  They have run a very successful company for years and there is no one in the family to take over the business.  So if you’ve always wanted to try the Arataki brand, this is the year to do so.

Please email us with any question you have, we are happy to answer anything.

These pictures are from customers in the summer of 2011, and I have to say, they are amazing!!!!

If you’d like to purchase a package email us at  

Please note: Packaged bees CANNOT be shipped, they must be picked up from our locations in either Delta or Victoria.

We sell out every year, and this year won’t be an exception, especially with limited qunatities available.  Reserve your 2017 colony by emailing

Light Valley Chilean Packaged Bees

Light Valley is a new company to us, they run a very tight operation with incredibly strict breeding operations.  They offer a hybrid Carniolan as well, so you will see a lot of the same traits in these queens as you do in the Aratakis. Like Arataki, they also have their own gentics that their working from so you get the same traits threw 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.

What makes our packages different from others??

Packaged Bee Disclaimer:

When Packages arrive you will have up to 3 days to pick them up, we cannot hold them any longer.  The sooner they are installed the better.  Purchasers assume responsibility of the livestock once it leaves our shop.  We ensure that the bees are in good health and fed until they are picked up.  Once picked up the purchaser assumes all responsibility of their well being. Urban Bee Supplies is not held liable once they’re handed over to the new owner.

If you have issues with queens please notify us, depending on the issues and circumstances queens might be replaced.  This is at the discretion of our bee broker and not through Urban Bee Supplies.

Please note, that if your queen in dead in the package it is usually because there is already a queen in the package.

We have 3 brands of packaged bees available this year. Delivery is slated for the end of February/beginning of March, with more deliveries at the end of March beginning of April.

Call or email us at / 604-364-1993

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Light Valley Chilean Packages -SOLD OUT-

This year we are extremely excited to be working with Light Valley Bee company out of Chile.  Their pricing is lower than Arataki’s which is a great option for many beekeepers.  

There is a $25 non refundable deposit included on each package. Pricing is as follows:

1-19 pkgs- $235

Discounted Rates: Payable by Cash, Cheque, Debit or e-transfers only

20-49 pkgs- $231

50-99 pkgs- $229

100+ pkgs- $226

To pay for packages in the 1-19pkg quantity, you can do so here on our website.  If you want to get a discounted rate you will need to arrange payment via Cash, Cheque, debit or e-transfer.  Please read the disclaimer at the bottom of the page prior to purchasing bees. 

Arataki New Zealand Packages: Early April Delivery -SOLD OUT-

Again we will offer Arataki Packages, however they are coming with a heavy price increase over last year.  These will be available in one shipment only, and that will be at the end of March/ beginning of April.  The delivery date will not be released until sometime in March.  Quantities are very limited. There is a $25 non-refundable deposit included on each package.

Pricing is as follows:

1-19 pkgs- $265

Discounted Rates: Payable by Cash, Cheque, Debit or e-transfers only

20-50 pkgs- $262

Contact us at or by calling 604-364-1993

LOCALLY Produced Packages: Mid April Delivery

We are very excited to offer LOCAL PACKAGED BEES THIS YEAR!!  That’s right, locally produced packaged bees.  These packages will be made with local worker bees, and have an introduced Chilean Queen.  The benefits of this is that the packages don’t go through a stressful flight, they are packaged here in B.C. Then you get them the next day.  Happy bees, happy hives!  Get them while you can, these are the first on the market in B.C.

There is a $25 non refundable deposit included on each package. Available mid April Pricing is as follows:

Online or Credit Card Purchases: 1-19 pkgs- $242

Cash, Cheque Debit, E-transfer Purchases: 1-19 pkgs- $235

Discounted Rates: Payable by Cash, Cheque, Debit or e-transfers only

20-49 pkgs- $231

50-99 pkgs- $229

100+ pkgs- $226

Purchase Bees HERE

Packages, Nucs, Queens & Mason Bees

Delivery of Packaged Bees will be at the end of March or beginning of April.  We will contact you as soon as we have the delivery date.  Packages must be picked up in person from our Delta location.  We cannot ship bees.  Your purchase includes a non-refundable $25 deposit. This is our early season pricing.  

Arataki Packaged Bees-SOLD OUT


Delivery of our Local Packaged bees will during the 2-3rd week of April.  These packages have local bees and imported Chilean Queens.  These packages are far superior to imported packages as the bees don’t go through the stress of a long flight to Canada.  A date has yet to be determined for delivery, we will update you as soon as we hear from the producer. Packages must be picked up from our Delta location within 3 days of delivery. We cannot ship bees.  Your purchase includes a non-refundable $25 deposit.

Please note that we are able to accept e-transfer or mailed cheque payments for $235 per package. We can also accept cash, debit & cheque in store for $235 per package. Please contact us for more details: email or call 604-364-1993.

Local Packaged Bees


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