3 lb package bees with an Italian queen. These packages are strong, low/or no mite, healthy bees.
I recommend putting them on at least a frame or two of drawn comb, and they need to be in contact with feed. I use frame feeders, a jar over the frames in contact with them will work too. You can start them on 100% foundation, but would not recommend it for a 1st or 2nd year beekeeper unless you have a mentor to help you. We have nucs for sale and that would be a safer bet!
Packages will be shaken here in Maryland are ready for pick up by 4pm Saturday afternoon. Queens will be grafted from our overwintered stock and mated here in Maryland!