2020 Buckfast Queen from £39 deposit £5

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Mated Buckfast Queen - Apis Mellifera Buckfast

About the Buckfast Bee

We are now taking reservation for 2020 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 Queens originate from Romania.  All our queens are naturally open mated. We do not sell artificially inseminated queens (AI).

All our queens come marked, Blue for 2020.

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 the week you request, we cannot always guarantee this however we do keep you informed of any delays by email and we also email when the order is dispatched so that you are aware your queen is on her way.

Delivery options

  • 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

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.

If you need any further advice about the queens you can contact either myself or Rob. Information about queen introduction can be found here.

Many thanks
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.

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