Carniolan Queen 2021

Carniolan bees are beautiful to work with and very hard working, they produce big stores for the winter and are prolific in the spring. ORDER ONLINE ONLY - LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABE EACH WEEK - SELECT YOUR PREFERED DISPATCH WEEK AND DAY TO SEND.  Please pay close attention when ordering, your dispatch day will be during the availability date chosen!

Availability: In stock
100% of 100
  • Buy 5 for £37.00 each and save 3%
  • Buy 10 for £36.00 each and save 5%
  • Buy 20 for £34.00 each and save 11%

Please order all Queens separately from other products. If you are ordering multiple breeds of Queens please ensure they are available in the same availability week, if they are not please order separately otherwise you will be billed additional postage.

Available during late April - September 2021. 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, ESPECIALLY DURING COVID-19.

Queens will arrive in an introduction cage marked White for 2021 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.

This is a stock controlled system, our availability runs Thursdays - Wednesdays each week. Select your prefered allocation week and the day in which you wish for your Queen to be sent. All dates are provisional and subject to change, we will contact you if we are unable to honour the requested date.

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 (with a paid Saturday postage). 

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.

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.

Special Delivery Next Day before 1pm (£500 Insurance) (BEFORE 4PM DURING COVID-19) - All queens require a signature on arrival - no exceptions.
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) (BEFORE 9PM DURING COVID-19)
1 - 5 Queens £11.00
6 - 25 Queens £12.00
26 - 50 Queens £13.50
£51 - 100 Queens £17.00 

First Class Large Letter (2-7 Day Service DURING COVID-19)
1 - 5 Queens £2.50

First Class Parcel (2-7 Day Service DURING COVID-19)
6 - 100 Queens £7.00

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.

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

Provided with instructions for successful introduction**, see the product videos above for a more detailed installation guide.

Imported from one of the best pure breeders of Carniolan Queens in Hungary.

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!

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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.