2019 Buckfast Cross Queen from £36 deposit £5
Mated Buckfast cross Queen Bee
We are now taking reservations for 2019 Mated Buckfast Cross Queens. Reserve online with a deposit of £5 per queen. The queens are £36 each, the balance of £31 per queen will be invoiced just before the queens are dispatched along with any delivery costs, see below for delivery options. You can reserve queens here up to w/c 30th April, if you would like to reserve queens for later weeks please email me.
About the Buckfast Bee
The buckfast bee, often referred to as the Brother Adam bee is a cross of many strains of bee. It has a colour variation that is quite unique. The colours can vary from very light to stripy to very dark, this is no doubt as a result of the wide genetic pool used to keep the variability of the buckfast strain. Regardless of their colour, the spring build up and over wintering abilities are the same.
These buckfast crosses come from our breeders in Greece who have breeding for many years to increase resistance to disease and for good qualities. The queens are open mated, they have a boundless capacity for foraging, they are very hygienic bees with good disease resistance. They are very nice to handle with a lower swarming tenancy. As with all hybrid queens the second generations can be quite different depending on what they mate with.
We will have Buckfast cross queens from the early April, weather depending until early August. All our queens are marked, green for 2019. We do not clip wings.
About delivery & Ordering
We have the shipped in weekly dependent on the weather so therefore we usually have a constant supply of mated queens available to send out. Whilst we will do our best to send the queens to week you request we cannot always guarantee this. However we will keep you informed of any delays by email and we also email when the order is dispatched.
Our queens are usually ready towards the end of the week. We can make delivery of Queen using royal mail 1st class post for which there is no extra cost, by royal mail 1st class signed which is £2.90* or by Guaranteed next day delivery which £6.90* or £11 if you want guaranteed on a Saturday (bear in mind that if queens are ready earlier in the week this may not be possible as we don't like to keep the out of the hives for too long). Please select your delivery method as you go through the check out, any additional carriage costs will be applied to the invoice for the balance. Please do note; if you order 4 or more queens to be posted at the same time we will automatically send them via guaranteed next day delivery, at no extra cost, unless you contact us to say otherwise. We do keep proof of posting for all queen orders posted. Please also aware of royal mails insurance polices: 1st class mail is insured up to £20*maximum. 1st class signed for is in insured up to £50* and guaranteed next day up to £500*. Please see our delivery information page for more information regarding the delivery of live bees.
*please note these prices are correct at the time of printing and are subject to change when Royal Mail review their prices which is usually in April.
If you need any further advice about the queens you can contact either myself or Rob. Information about queen introduction can be found here.
Any queen found dead on arrival will be replaced free of charge providing the cage is returned unopened, immediately and we are contacted via email or telephone the same day. A queen will be replaced once only.
Discounts - Bulk orders, I can offer a £1.50 discount on bulk orders of 10 to 19 queens and £2.00 discount on bulk orders of 20 or more queens; these must be taken in one shipment and will be posted by guaranteed next day delivery at no extra cost to you. If you wish to order a quantity of 10 or more queens to be taken over the season I can offer a small discount of 50p per queen on each order. To get these discounts you must email or phone your order through. A deposit will be taken at the time of ordering.
Becky & Rob
You may also consider using a queen introduction cage; this cage fits directly onto a comb with brood and increases the acceptance rate of the queens.
We request that all buyers of bees and queens register their colonies with Beebase the National Bee Unit website. It is designed for beekeepers and also supports Defra, WAG and Scotland's Bee Health Programmes along with the Healthy Bees Plan, all of which help to protect and sustain our valuable national bee stocks. There are no costs involved with registering with Beebase, instead it gives you, the beekeeper, the security to know that should a bee health problem arise in your area, your local bee inspector will notify you about it, and if necessary come and inspect your colonies, free of charge.
By buying your bees and queens from us you are giving us permission to pass your details on the NBU if they request this information from us. If you don't give us permission to pass you details onto them in the event they request them then please let us know at the time of ordering.