Cells - $15
10 for $130
Marked Virgin Queen - $20
3 for $55
10 for $175
Marked Mated Queen - $50
For 2021 we have decided to only sell mated queens that have been mated on a 21+ day schedule and to sell mated queens only upon advanced request. That means if you want a mated queen, then you must give us a three week lead time. If we have extra mated queens available, we will gladly bump you up the list. If you need more than 5 mated queens, we can fill your order but you will only receive 5 per week due to limited resources. We are doing this is for two reasons:
We want to focus our mating energy on developing and evaluating our stock. To analyze our stock, we need to make a minimum of 10 nucs from each potential breeder queen that is sidelined for observation. In order to select for traits like varroa resistance, resource consumption, productivity and pattern. Each nuc needs to be mite tested multiple times and if it passes, then tested via the uncapping process and analyze in order to full see the extent of the VSH behavior. We work hard for you to select the best traits possible in our queen lines. If you want to learn more about VSH testing, please check out Harbo’s explanation of the process Here
Virgin queens are so much better! The best queens are the ones that stay where they are mated. You can’t get that kind of quality by doing a walkway split or using mated queens. Mated queens are great if you just want ALL the genetics from the supplier’s yard, but the drawback is that they cost more, there is a chance of damaging her during the process of caging/transport/introduction and colonies do not receive a brood break. This is why we will be offering discounts on our virgin queens and cells starting this year!
We will have virgin queens and cells available every week from mid-May thru mid-August. We encourage you to take advantage of this!
How To Order
Reach out to us via our CONTACT US page and we will reply back to you to review your order.
Should I get a virgin queen or mated queen?
We always suggest you get a virgin queen if possible. They are a little trickier to install but will pay it forward in the long run. The reason is that the virgin queen will mate with adapted stock in your local area in case you live outside our USDA zone, She will be less likely for damage to occur during shipping and will lay uninterrupted. We really like our mated queens we sell but we think these virgin queens are the bee-knees.
Shipping: June- September
We try our best to be flexible and work with your schedule. That being said, we will not sacrifice our quality to meet your deadline. We want to make sure that our stock is the best we can provide and sometimes that takes a little longer.
We only ship virgin and mated queens via UPS, no exceptions! Queens will be sent to your nearest terminal for pick up to insure best survival. Cells are local pickup only. We will send you an estimated shipping cost once we review your order with you.
Things can happen in transit and this is why we cannot guarantee "arrive alive". We will work with you if possible.