PRE ORDER FOR 2022 - Essex Buckfast, exclusive to BS Honey Bees. Tested over the last 3 years from high quality Buckfast mothers, now mating in Essex, producing some lovely Essex girls! ORDER ONLINE ONLY - LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABLE EACH WEEK - SELECT YOUR PREFERED DISPATCH WEEK AND DAY TO SEND. EARLY SEASON ALLOCATIONS LIKELY TO FILL QUICKLY.
Please order all Queens separately from other products, failure to do so may result in delays, incorrect tax being calculated, or incorrect postage being applied (or not at all).
Postage cut off time is 8AM. Orders after this time may be posted the following working day (April - September).
Available during mid-late May - September 2022. Marked & mated Essex Buckfast Queens.
You will receive -
- A marked (Yellow for 2022), open mated, unclipped, Essex Buckfast Queen in a slow release candy introduction cage (Nicot, Lyson, JzBz or equivalent).
- Full A4 colour double sided instructions covering various methods of introduction & scenarios. Videos are also available in the product images above.
- A fully marked "LIVE BEES" ventilated jiffy bag (or box for larger orders).
- Acceptance is never guaranteed, please bear this in mind as we cannot do anything should your colony reject the Queen (even when following our instructions).
This is a stock controlled system, our availability runs Thursdays - Wednesdays each week. Select your preferred allocation week and the day in which you wish for your Queen(s) to be sent.
You will receive a confirmation of your order upon completion containing all details selected when ordering (including your selected dispatch date!), please check your spam folders and ensure your email address is 100% correct, typos are a common issue. On the day of dispatch you will also receive a shipment email, this will contain your Royal Mail tracking number with a direct link to their Track & Trace service.
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). If you select Friday dispatch and do not pay the Saturday postage your Queen will be sent on the nearest applicable business day.
Please note to beginners - you cannot start a colony with a queen only, you require a 5 /6 frame nuc to start beekeeping.
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We recommend for guaranteed next day arrival to select "Special Delivery" on the shipping page. We cannot trace loss in transit or delayed delivery if you do not use a fully tracked service. Royal Mail will only offer assistance tracing Special Delivery items and will offer no help whatsoever on First Class items, use at your own risk. Whilst we will endeavour to resolve any issues, Royal Mail are the ones you should contact first when there any delays. Only once they are notified you should tell us quoting your reference case with them.
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 - All queens require a signature on arrival - no exceptions. Prices quoted are for UK only - we do not post overseas or to Ireland. Certain postcodes are excluded from the 1pm gaurantee, see Royal Mail website.
Special Delivery Next Day before 1pm
1 - 5 Queens £7.00
6 - 25 Queens £8.00
26 - 50 Queens £9.00
51 - 100 Queens £11.50
Special Delivery Saturday Delivery before 1pm
1 - 5 Queens £11.50
6 - 25 Queens £12.50
26 - 50 Queens £14.00
51 - 100 Queens £17.00
First Class Large Letter Signed for (2-3 Day Service)
1 - 5 Queens £3.00
First Class Parcel Signed for (2-3 Day Service)
6 - 25 Queens £5.00
26 - 50 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, these are living creatures.
We accept the following payment options – Credit / Debit Card (via Card Saver), Paypal, Instant Bank Transfer and Cheque.
PRODUCED, BRED & MATED IN ESSSEX, ENGLAND.
About the Buckfast Breed
The Essex Buckfast queens have been selected from breeding lines displaying good hygiene and honey production characteristics. The rearing of the Essex Buckfast has been developed with over 15 years of Bee farming and honey production knowledge. The Mother Queens pedigree and offspring, now representing the core stock in a significant Bee farming operation. Being UK mated they are locally acclimatised, and acceptance is very good.
The Buckfast bee is a honey bee a cross of many species of bees into a stable race developed by "Brother Adam", (born Karl Kehrle on 3 August 1898 in Germany), who was in charge of beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey, where the bees are still bred today.
In the early 20th century bee populations were being decimated by Isle of Wight disease. This condition, later called "acarine" disease, after the acarine parasitic mite that invaded the bees' tracheal tubes and shortened their lives, was killing off thousands of colonies in the British Isles in the early part of the 20th century.
In 1916, Brother Adam discovered a feral colony which was a hybrid between A.m. ligurica (North Italian) and A.m. mellifera (English). Brother Adam collected the bees and from this began to develop what would come to be known as the Buckfast bee.
The Buckfast bee is popular among beekeepers and is available from bee breeders in Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, and more. Most of the Buckfast bee's qualities are very favorable. They are extremely gentle and highly productive. Brother Adam, in his book, Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey writes that in 1920 they obtained "an average of no less than 192 lbs surplus per colony and individual yields exceeding 3 cwt [approx. 336 lbs]." In the 1986 BBC-affiliated documentary, The Monk and the Honey Bee, more than 400 pounds of honey are reported to have been produced by a single Buckfast colony. According to Brother Adam, "The average annual honey yield over the last thirty years has been 30 kg (66 lb.) per colony. Thus we have a favourable balance compared with the average production in America or in Europe.
*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). Please be aware that live bees are exempt from this as they are produced to order and we are at the will of nature.