Bees for Business DISCONTINUED

DISCONTINUED - WE ARE NO LONGER RETAILING FULL COLONIES OF BEES - 10 British Standard Hives to begin producing your own honey. Supplied with newly mated marked Buckfast queens that produce beautiful placid bees. Housed in new plywood hives with 10 frames each and frame feeders. COLLECTION ONLY - Do contact before ordering to ensure we are able to cater to your requirements.

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Pre Order for 2021

10 full colonies supplied with Buckfast bees headed with newly mated unclipped marked 2021 (White) Buckfast queens to begin supply during early Late May / Early June 2021* (Weather Permitting*).

For those that want to start their own honey business or wish to increase their existing stocks and with our docile bees it is an ideal start / expansion whilst still maintaining required traits for production, disease resistance and low swarming tendencies. We have many happy customers throughout the UK.

We aim to provide a minimum of 8 frames of bees/brood/stores** per hive, but usually supply more. You will receive your bees in free, brand new, BS Honey Bee’s green, WBP British Standard National brood boxes (not 14x12), with new shallow metal covered roofs, solid crown boards and new floors with entrance blocks (see pictures). You will be supplied with new frame feeders as part of the package.

All hives will be packaged with mesh screen stapled and strapped tightly ready for your collection from our base in Cheltenham at an arranged time. Only a bee suit in case and a water sprayer will be required if it is a hot day.


We accept the following payment options – Debit / Credit Card (via Card Saver), Paypal, Instant Bank Transfer and Cheque.

Once your order has been placed you will receive a confirmation email of your order and payment. Only when your deposit is received your order is secured. Our first point of contact will be via email so please be sure to enter a valid email address so we can arrange a collection / dispatch date suitable for you. If we do not receive a response via email your nuc will be offered to the next customer in the queue - unfortunately we just do not have the resources to chase customers consistently. We will contact you to make arrangements when we know your bees are ready, only at this point we can give you accurate timescales. Persistent calling will not help matters.

* We cannot offer an exact collection date, please remember this is nature and we cannot control the weather so please bear that in mind when placing your order. Hives are bigger and the turn around is slower than nucs so please do not confuse this with the nuclei timescale. Any updates can be seen on our News & Updates section and we shall be in contact when your bees are ready.

** Please note - depending on the time of year stores may vary, e.g. during April / May there is a strong flow of oil seed rape so a larger amount of honey could be expected. Hives may initially benefit from feeding to establish into a stronger colony prior to adding your queen excluder and supers.

Queens used in our colonies are imported from Europe from reputable breeders.

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If the product you receive is not as described or low quality, the seller promises that you may return it before order completion (when you click ‘Confirm Order Received’ or exceed confirmation timeframe) and receive a full refund. The return shipping fee will be paid by you. Or, you can choose to keep the product and agree the refund amount directly with the seller.

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If you do not receive your purchase within 60 days, you can ask for a full refund before order completion (when you click ‘Confirm Order Received’ or exceed confirmation timeframe). Please be aware that live bees are exempt from this as they are produced to order and we are at the will of nature.