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Buckfast Mated Queens, Overwintered Buckfast Mated Queens & Buckfast Virgin Queens for sale

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Buckfast Mated Queen (VSH) - £89 each

Order now for now for 2021

  • Bred by us in the UK from 100% VSH Queen Mothers
  • Workers should exhibit  50% -70% Varroa Sensitive Hygiene (VSH) trait - Learn more about VSH here
  • Supplied in a Queen cage with attendants
  • Colour marked White with a Red dot for 2021
  • Unclipped
  • First few queens should ship mid May if the weather allows, main production June onwards.
  • We use Royal Mail Special Recorded Delivery to ship our queens. Once shipped you will receive them by 1pm next day. (See our Faqs page)
  • Shipping charges are £7.00 delivery for one queen plus £0.50 per additional queen.
  • Free delivery for 10+ queens but please call first to arrange.
  • For International Delivery options please call or email prior to ordering.
  • We don't use queen banks to smooth the ebb & flow of demand versus production, so you may have to wait a short while for your queens. 
  • Please read our Terms & Conditions, together with the notes below before ordering.
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Buckfast Mated Queen - £44 each

Order now for 2021

  • Bred by us in the UK
  • Supplied in a Queen cage with attendants
  • Colour marked White for 2021
  • Unclipped
  • First few queens should ship mid May if the weather allows, main production June onwards.
  • We use Royal Mail Special Recorded Delivery to ship our queens. Once shipped you will receive them by 1pm next day. (See our Faqs page)
  • Shipping charges are £7.00 delivery for one queen plus £0.50 per additional queen.
  • Free delivery for 10+ queens but please call first to arrange.
  • For International Delivery options please call or email prior to ordering.
  • We don't use queen banks to smooth the ebb & flow of demand versus production, so you may have to wait a short while for your queens. 
  • Please read our Terms & Conditions, together with the notes below before ordering.
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Buckfast Virgin Queen - £20 each

Order now for 2021

  • Unmated
  • Bred by us in the UK
  • Supplied in a Queen cage with attendants
  • Unmarked (marking may affect mating)
  • Virgin queens will ship early May onwards
  • We use Royal Mail Special Recorded Delivery to ship our queens. Once shipped you will receive them by 1pm next day. (See our Faqs page)
  • Shipping charges are £7.00 delivery for one queen plus £0.50 per additional queen.
  • Free delivery for 10+ queens but please call first to arrange.
  • Please read our Terms & Conditions, together with the notes below before ordering.
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Buckfast Overwintered Queen - £89 each

Sold out for 2021

  • Only limited numbers will be available so early ordering is recommended.
  • Bred and reared in our UK apiaries, sisters to those used in our production colonies
  • These are young 2020 mated queens that have overwintered successfully in a nucleus colony
  • Mature and well established
  • Proven overwintering ability
  • Colour marked for 2020 (Blue)
  • We will only ship these queens when weather and temperature allows, usually not before early May.
  • We use Royal Mail Special Recorded Delivery to ship our queens. Once shipped you will receive them by 1pm next day.(See our Faqs page)
  • Shipping charges are £7.00 delivery for one queen plus £0.50 per additional queen.
  • Free delivery for 10+ queens but please call first to arrange.
  • For International Delivery options please call or email prior to ordering.
  • Please read our Terms & Conditions, together with the notes below before ordering.

Providing Queens of the highest quality, is something we arn't prepared to compromise on, we take great pride in our work and want you to have the best queens it's possible to produce.  So please be patient when waiting for your Queens.

It takes around a month from the day we graft the larva to produce a mated queen fit for sale & shipping. Getting virgin queens mated properly has it's challenges, not least of which is the UK weather, usually unpredictable and changeable.

Idealy virgin queens need up to 3 consecutive days of warm sunny weather at 20c or above with wind at less than 5mph to mate successfully with up to 20 different drones. You can see how sometimes we face challenges in providing a constant flow of available mated queens given the vagaries of our climate. We do our best, but of course we can only work within the conditions prevailing. If you order Queen(s) please be patient, you will get them, but maybe not to the timescale you expect.

Cancelled orders incur charges, please read our Terms & conditions

We want to see our queens laying properly before they are considered for despatch to customers.This also allows us to check the laying pattern and viability of the mated queens we have for sale.

All laying queens are marked with the current year marking colour before dispatch, and are unclipped. Our Queens are left unclipped to aid acceptance in the receiving colony.

We ship our Buckfast Queen Bees Monday to Thursday only by Special Recorded Delivery next day by 1pm (your queen may not ship on the day of ordering), please ensure they can be delivered safely to your premises and are adequately protected from sun, heat or rain until hived. We are not responsibe for non performance of Royal Mail or any other carrier we use.

Please ensure any special delivery requirements are noted on the order, any changes must be made in writing via email. We won't accept any liability for delay, loss or damage to your queen, unless these special delivery requirements or changes are notified to us in writing via email.

In the unlikely event that your Honeybee Queen should perish during transit please return her to us in the original packaging with the contents of the cage intact and unopened. Upon her return to us and after satisfactory inspection, we may at our discretion then dispatch a replacement; we can only do this once. No refunds will be issued in these circumstances.

Please note: By placing an order you are accepting our terms and conditions. At the time of ordering you will be asked to add a contact telephone number, this is important and will only ever be used to communicate about your order.

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