2019 Romanian Buckfast Queen from £39 deposit £5
Mated Buckfast Queen - Apis Mellifera Buckfast
About the Buckfast Bee
We are now taking reservation for 2019 mated Buckfast queens. £5 deposit is paid to reserve your queen, the balance of £34 will be invoiced when the queens are ready. Please do bear in mind the dates are provisional and the weeks may slip back depending on the weather. As soon as we have information on dates we will email you with an update.
The Buckfast bee, often referred to as the renowned 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. Out of all the good traits the buckfast is breed for colour is not one of them.
These Buckfast queens qualities include that of being very prolific with a low swarm instinct, gentleness and a high resistance to diseases. They produce less propolis than other races, overwinter very well using less honey stores. They have a boundless capacity for foraging and build up rapidly in the spring. They maintain a strong colony during the summer and their gentle manner allows the beekeeper to work with minimal use of smoke even opening the hive in bad weather.
Swarming is one of the biggest challenges we face as beekeepers. Even with a quality buckfast queen with a extremely low swarming instinct like this one it would be a mistake to assume that they won’t swarm at all. There simply isn’t a strain of honey bee that has no swarming instinct.
These F1 Mated are breed by our Romanian breeder. All our queens are naturally open mated. We do not sell artificially inseminated queens (AI).
All our queens come marked, Green for 2019, we do not clip wings.
About delivery & Ordering
Our first are available from around early April but this is weather dependant. Whilst we will do our best to send the queens to week you request, we cannot always guarantee this. We do however keep you informed of any delays by email and we also email when the order is dispatched.
We cannot specify the day of the week your queen will be sent out, but they are usually ready towards the end of the week.
- 1st class post no extra cost
- 1st class signed £3.05 - you need to sign for this service
- Guaranteed next day delivery £7.00 - you need to sign for this service
- Orders of 4 or more queens posted together will be sent Guaranteed next day at no extra cost - you will need to sign for them
Live queens are posted under your instruction and any losses by royal mail may need to be followed up yourselves. We keep proof of posting for all queen orders posted. Please see our delivery information page for more information regarding the delivery of live bees.
Any queen found dead on arrival will be replaced free of charge providing we are contacted immediately, either by email or telephone and the cage is returned unopened the same day. We will replace a dead queen once only.
Prices are correct at the time of printing and are subject to change.
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.
If you need any further advice about the queens you can contact either myself or Rob. Information about queen introduction can be found here.
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.