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Queens for Sale
I have a few queens available
It's been a rough year for queen rearing. First things were running late, then queens were not returning. The weather was way too hot which seems to affect things as well. Now I've been hit by pesticides from the crop dusters. I do have a few queens. I will sell them on a "first come first served" basis. Probably not all of you will get queens as I don't have that many. So let me know soon.
I will need to have weather predicted to be less than 85oF both here and there for a couple of days into the future and I don't like to ship past Wednesday in case the USPS runs late delivering.
If you want queens I need to know:
Queens are shipped USPS express. They are $50 each plus $25 shipping. e.g. two queens is $100 + $25 shipping = $125.
About My Queens
I've been catching feral swarms for 32 years, but I got serious about keeping the genetics only recently. These feral survivors are the basis of the genetics of the bees I keep now. I started offering them for sale in 2004.
Queens vary in color.
2018 Price Schedule
$25 shipping and handling per shipment.
They will be shipped Express mail by USPS which should be overnight for most locations.
Queens will be shipped first come first served. It is too much trouble to try to get them shipped at specific times. This time of year is probably too late to be doing splits in a Northern climate but it's a good time to requeen a California or Southern pacakge queen or to get some stock for next spring to raise your own.
If you would like some queens, please email me. I need: Your name and address, the number of queens you want, and a contact phone number for the Post Office to be able to call you.
I do not want payment until I am ready to ship. Payment can be made through PayPal to the email address above or you can send me a personal check. The nice thing about a check is that PayPal doesn't take a cut.
Also, I can require a signature or not on the shipment. You should think about the ramifications and which would best suit your situation. When a signature is required the Post Office will not deliver the queens if you are not there. Instead they will return them to the Post Office, after the carrier is done with their route. This means the queens often get caught in a game of deliver tag where they are on the truck on their way to you all the time but never get delivered. On the other hand requiring a signature can prevent them from leaving them in a hot mailbox. For busy people who have to work, it usually works better to not require the signature. I know when I have a package that requires a signature they never even knock on the door even though there are people here all the time and I end up playing tag for a day or two.
It's helpful if you notify your Post Office that you are expecting the queens. You can give any special instructions, like don't leave them in the black mailbox in the sun, leave them in the shade on the porch, or whatever fits your situation.
Black Bees. Can you spot the queen? Back wing of black worker bee.
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