Mated Buckfast Queen
Mated Buckfast Queen - Apis Mellifera Buckfast
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, over winter 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 very low swarming instinct like this one it would be a mistake to assume that they won’t swarm. There simply isn’t a bee with no swarming instinct at all. These mated queens are bred by our Maltese breeders, they naturally open island mated and come come marked.
About delivery & Ordering
Our first mated queens are available from around early May 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 keep you informed of any delays by email and we also email when the order is dispatched so that you know she is on her way to you.
- 1st class post no extra cost
- Guaranteed next day delivery £6.50 - you need to sign for this service. This service means the queens are with you the day after we post not the day after you order.
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.
Further advice about the queens introduction can be found here.
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.