PRE ORDER FOR SPRING 2021
***IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ TO AVOID ANY CONFUSION***
DUE TO RECENT DELAYS IN POSTAGE ALL QUEEN BEES WILL NOW HAVE TO BE POSTED WITH GUARANTEED NEXT DAY DELIVERY, TO AVOID ANY DELAYS IN TRANSIT. AS SOON AS THINGS ARE BACK TO NORMAL WE WILL START POSTING QUEENS WITH ROYAL MAIL FIRST CLASS SIGNED FOR.
PLEASE PLACE QUEEN ORDERS SEPARATELY FROM ALL OTHER PRODUCTS.
***BE SURE TO READ ALL QUEEN BEE PRODUCT INFORMATION BEFORE ORDERING OR CONTACTING BY EMAIL***
ROYAL MAIL FIRST CLASS SIGNED FOR & SPECIAL DELIVERY GUARANTEED BY 1:00 PM (BY 9:00 PM DURING COVID-19 LOCK DOWN) – DISPATCHED MONDAY – THURSDAY.
SATURDAY DELIVERY GUARANTEED BY 1:00 PM (BY 9:00 PM DURING COVID-19 LOCK DOWN) – DISPATCHED FRIDAY ONLY.
FOR SATURDAY DELIVERY, ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BEFORE 9:00 am FRIDAY WITH SATURDAY DELIVERY SELECTED AT THE CHECKOUT.
NO QUEENS DISPATCHED ON SATURDAY.
OUR QUEEN BEES
We import Buckfast and Carniolan queen bees for use in our nucs and for sale separately. We also use imported queens in our own production stocks as they work equally as well as our British bred queen bees and are more readily available due to earlier and better breeding conditions on the continent. All of the imported queen bees come from a trusted European breeder and arrive in the UK accompanied with a health certificate.
We use imported breeding stock to produce British queen bees for sale and for use in our own production colonies. We breed from Buckfast mothers which we favor at Honeyfields Bee Farm because of their gentle nature, good honey production and their ability to make it through the sometimes harsh English winter. Our queen producer, developed his queen rearing skills working on a large commercial operation in Australia helping to maintain over 3000 queen mating nucs. The operation he worked for, was at the time, one of the main suppliers of queen bees and package bees to the U.S for the almond pollination.
We have queen bees for sale from Mid April (weather permitting) through the spring and summer until the end of September.
WHAT DOES A QUEEN BEE DO?
There is only one queen in a colony which may consist of up to 60,000 worker bees. After the queen has been mated with several drone bees she will be able to lay eggs for up to 3-5 years, this is her main purpose and she is the mother of the hive. During the spring and summer the queen bee could be laying up to 2000 eggs per day. As the queen gets older her ability to lay as many eggs reduces. A colony runs at its highest capacity when a young queen bee is present. The queen bee constantly emits pheromones to let the worker bees know that she is still with them and all is ok. Pheromones are linked to the personality of a hive. Beekeepers can replace the old queen bee with a younger one which will help to control the behaviour, temperament and work rate of a colony.