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Queens for Sale
I apologize to all of you hoping for queens. It has been a poor year for my bees and it doesn't look like I will have any queens soon. I will continue to try, but the bees are not very cooperative and they are struggling for the first time in a long time. If and when I have some quality queens ready I will post it here.
About My Queens
I've been catching feral swarms for 48 years, but I got serious about keeping the genetics only since Varroa. These feral survivors are the basis of the genetics of the bees I keep now. I started offering them for sale in 2004. These queens are "proven" in that they are allowed to lay until I have a good pattern before they are shipped. This means they have been laying at least two weeks and probably three before being shipped.
Queens vary in color.
2022 Price Schedule
I have decided that I have been underselling these, so I've raised the price. I don't ship them until they have been proven and have laid a good pattern and are laying for at least two weeks. These are tested and proven queens.
I haven't had a lot of luck with USPS lately, but I will try various things to get them there ok.
Queens will be shipped first come first served. It is too much trouble to try to get them shipped at specific times.
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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