PRE ORDER FOR LATE APRIL 2020 - Carniolan bees are beautiful to work with and very hard working, they produce big stores for the winter and are prolific in the spring. PRE ORDER ONLY
Available during LATE April - Early October 2020. Marked & OPEN Mated Carniolan Queens. We recommend for guaranteed next day arrival to select "Special Delivery" on the shipping page. We cannot be held responsible for loss in transit or delayed delivery if you do not use a guaranteed service. Royal Mail will only offer assistance tracing Special Delivery items and will offer no help what so ever on First Class items, use at your own risk.
As of June 2019 onward any cancelled Queen orders will incur a £5 restocking / admin fee. As Queen's are perishable items it is not good for them to be kept longer than required as a result of a cancellation.
Queens will arrive in an introduction cage marked Blue for 2020 and unclipped. Please note to beginners - you cannot start a colony with a queen only, you require either a full hive, package or a nuc.
Queens are only posted Monday-Thursday to avoid being in the post during the weekend. Only queens specified for Saturday delivery will be posted Fridays.
Postage cut off time is 8AM. Orders after this time may be posted the following working day.
For Saturday Delivery please select "Royal Mail Saturday Guaranteed" in the checkout.
If you wish your queen to be dispatched on a certain date please select this when ordering (those without dates will be dispatched ASAP), please remember we do not dispatch Saturdays or Sundays and Fridays are restricted to Saturday postage customers only. All queens require a signature on arrival - no exceptions.
Queens generally can be kept caged safely for about 5 days after arrival when kept in a cool dark place and watered twice a day.
QUEEN POSTAGE PRICES
Special Delivery Next Day before 1pm (£500 Insurance)
1 - 5 Queens £7.00
6 - 25 Queens £7.50
26 - 50 Queens £9.00
51 - 100 Queens £11.50
Special Delivery Saturday Delivery before 1pm (£500 Insurance)
1 - 5 Queens £11.00
6 - 25 Queens £12.00
26 - 50 Queens £13.50
£51 - 100 Queens £17.00
First Class Large Letter (1-3 Day Service)
1 - 5 Queens £2.50
First Class Parcel (1-3 Day Service)
6 - 100 Queens £7.00
We accept the following payment options – Credit / Debit Card (via Worldpay), Paypal (Debit/Credit Card), Instant Bank Transfer, Card over the phone, Cheque (20 days processing time).
Provided with instructions for successful introduction**, see the product videos above for a more detailed installation guide.
IMPORTANT NOTICE - Due to BREXIT and our supply of Queens from Europe (to create our orders from our UK stock) please be aware there may be further delays in the event of a NO DEAL BREXIT as trading with our European Breeders is what our breeding operation is totally reliant upon. There could also be further delays should a deal mean importation of Queens becomes slower & more costly thus we reserve the right to cancel & refund any order in the event of this situation. In 2019 we imported 3900 Queens and we expect 2020 demand to rise, breeding that sort of quantity early whilst maintaining our usual high quality is not possible in the UK. We thank you for your understanding and hope that you realise the situation and pressure we are under to keep our breeding operation going but this is totally in the hands of Politicians & the PM. The last thing we want to do is cancel orders and close our breeding operation. Daniel & Tristan
Imported from Greece
The Carniolan honey bee (Apis mellifera carnica Pollman) is a subspecies of the western honey bee. The Carniolan honey bee is native to Slovenia and to some regions of the former Yugoslavia, southern Austria, and parts of Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria.
The bee is the subspecies of the Western honey bee that has naturalized and adapted to the Kočevje (Gottschee) sub-region of Carniola (now in Slovenia), the southern part of the Austrian Alps and the northern Balkans. These bees are known as Carniolans, or "Carnies" for short, in English. At present this subspecies is the second most popular among beekeepers (after the Italian bee). It is favored among beekeepers for several reasons, not the least being its ability to defend itself successfully against insect pests while at the same time being extremely gentle in its behavior toward beekeepers. These bees are particularly adept at adjusting worker population to nectar availability. It relies on these rapid adjustments of population levels to rapidly expand worker bee populations after nectar becomes available in the spring, and, again, to rapidly cut off brood production when nectar ceases to be available in quantity. It meets periods of high nectar with high worker populations and consequently stores large quantities of honey and pollen during those periods. They are resistant to some diseases and parasites that can debilitate hives of other subspecies.
*Only shipped next day if instant payment such as bank transfer or paypal is used. Cheques need to be cleared prior to post. Postage cut off time is 8am Monday-Friday.
**Successful introduction is never guaranteed, unfortunately this is nature where nothing is guaranteed!
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.
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).