2021 F1 Mated Buckfast Queen.
They are incredibly gentle and productive queens.
Queens are sent via RM Special Delivery only. Please select shipping option at checkout - £9.50
Order now for delivery on week commencing Monday 14th June 2021.
Unfortunately we cannot ship outside the UK or to Northern Ireland. Shipping options are for UK mainland only.
We receive a fresh batch of queens every single week during the season.
We generally receive our batch of queens on a Friday/Monday. We package them up and send them straight to you using a guaranteed delivery service with Royal Mail.
They are delivered by the postman on a RM service and are never in the postal service for longer than 24 hrs. We will send you a dispatch notification with tracking details the day before they are due to arrive.
If you need your queens on a specific day, please drop us a message before you place your order.
Our queens are supplied by Murray McGregor - the UK's largest bee farmer who manages over 5000 colonies of bees.
Murray selects his best performing queens each year and they are sent to Italy to overwinter. They are then used to create an artificially inseminated breeder queen, who goes on to create a colony that, once tested' is used to graft larvae, to create F1 Buckfast queens.
The F1 Buckfast queens are open mated in the EU but they are bred using UK based genetics so they are able to thrive in UK conditions.
The queens have a superb temperament so are perfect for requeening grumpy colonies of bees.
They have a low swarming tendency and create very little propolis.
Given the correct conditions, these bees can create upwards of 150lb of honey per colony, each year!
If you have any queries, please drop up a message using the chat function.
Bees are natural creatures and although we can advise you on how to achieve the best introduction success, we cannot be held liable for any failed queen introductions.
Here is a link to our YouTube channel on how to successfully introduce queens.
Buckfast F1 Queen
Buckfast bees are yellow to brown in color and resemble what many people consider when picturing a honey bee.
Buckfast bees are a hybrid. They were developed in the 20th century by Brother Adam of Buckfast Abbey in southwest England. The stock was imported to the United States, by way of Canada, and is now readily available in the US.
Buckfast bees do well in cool climates. They are very gentle, easy to work with and are excellent honey producers. They have a low tendency to swarm and are economical in the use of winter stores.
Cold, wet winters are the norm for Buckfast bees, so they’re accustomed to building up the hive size quickly in the spring.