Mated Carniolan Queens
Mated Carniolan Queen Bee - Apis Mellifera Carnica
Carniolan bees are probably the gentlest bees. They are very well suited to the UK climate, they over-winter well and carry a smaller cluster of bees through the coldest periods. This is a clever strategy as this means they do not need quite as much food as some of the other breeds and strains. These F1 Mated Queens originate from our European partners. We often receive feedback telling us how the Carniolan bees are a pleasure to handle and require very little or no smoke during a hive inspection however they are a very prolific bees and need a lot of space.
All our queens are naturally mated, they come in a queen travel and introduction cage with attendant workers, all queens are marked.
About delivery & Ordering
First mated queens are available from early to mid April onwards. Whilst we will do our best to send the queens the week you request, we cannot always guarantee this however we will inform you of any delays by email. We will also email when the order is dispatched so that you know your order is on it way to you. These queens are usually sent out on a Tuesday or Wednesday but it can vary.
If you are ordering a week in advance we will email you to inform what day we think they will go out.
- 1st class post - no extra cost
- Tracked24 - £2.50
- Guaranteed next day delivery - £6.50 - see NOTE below
NOTE - Guaranteed next day means you will get your queen the day after we post it not the day after you order it. It is also a service you need to sign for or the post man will take it back to the depot.
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. We may request the cage is returned to us, we will not refund if the cage as been opened or tampered with. We will replace a dead queen once only, no refunds will be offered.
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.