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Queen Bees

North Carolina-raised queen bees for sale

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Carniolan or Italian Queens


Includes complimentary marking on every queen

How often should I re-queen my hive?

Queens are generally good for 1 or 2 years. We recommend to re-queen your colony every year to maintain a productive hive, prevent swarming, and increase resistance to disease.

NC Queen Bees

Fricks Apiaries has been producing queen bees from local stock in Orange County, NC since 2004. Fricks Apiaries selects for honey bee stocks that thrive in North Carolina and show resistance to pests and diseases, including varroa. Our queen bees are productive and well-tempered. 

How are our queens different?

  • We take pride in only selling proven queens - we inspect for laying pattern and brood to ensure your queen is well mated before offering them for sale

  • Queens are raised from colonies maintained in NC so they are adapted to the local climate

  • Our colonies are well cared for and not stressed due to migration or intensive pollination demands, which translates to healthier queens

Our hives are inspected annually by the NC Dept of Agriculture and we maintain an active permit to sell bees.


Queens are typically available from April through September and can be mailed (Overnight ONLY, shipping cost applies), or picked up at our farm in Chapel Hill, NC by appointment.

To place your order, call or email us today.

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