2019 Romanian Buckfast Queen from £39 deposit £5
Mated Buckfast Queen Bee
About the Buckfast Bee
We are now taking reservations for 2019 Mated Buckfast Queens. Reserve online with a deposit of £5 per queen, the queens are £39 each and the balance of £34 per queen, will be invoiced just before the queens are dispatched along with any delivery costs, see below for delivery options. We can take reserve queens on line up to w/c 6th May June online, if you would like to reserve queens for later weeks please email me.
Mated Buckfast Cross Queen - Apis Mellifera Buckfast
About the Buckfast Bee
The Buckfast bee, often referred to as the renowned Brother Adam bee is a cross of many strains of bee from Brother Adam's search for the most ideal bee with the development of the Buckfast breeding programme. 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 queens come from our new breeder in Romania. The queens are open mated, they have a boundless capacity for foraging,as well as being very hygienic bees which goes hand in hand with their genetic disposition for disease resistance They are very nice to handle with a lower swarming tendency As with all hybrid queens the second generations can be quite different depending on what they mate with.
We will have F1 Buckfast queens from Romania around end May, weather depending until early July. All our queens are marked, we do not clip wings.
About delivery & Ordering
We have queens shipped in weekly and therefore 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 dispatched towards the end of the week. Delivery of Queens can be by royal mail 1st class post with is included in the price, by royal mail 1st class signed which is £2.90* or by Guaranteed next day delivery which £6.90*. When invoicing the balance due we will ask about delivery methods. Please be aware that queens posted by 1st class are only insured for £20* with royal mail so in the rare event that they loose you packet they will only pay out £20* maximum. Signed for is in insured up to £50* and guaranteed next day up to £500*. Please select your delivery method as you go through the check out. Please note; if you order 4 or more to be sent at the same time we will automatically send them via guaranteed next day delivery unless you contact us to say otherwise.
*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
Please note we do post queens on Fridays however, if you put through an order on a Friday and have opted for guaranteed next day delivery we will not post your queen until the following Monday. If you do want us to post on the Friday for guaranteed next day delivery on a Saturday there will be an additional cost of £4 to pay. Please call us if you need this service.
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.