Bees For Sale

Queen Bees For Sale

Queen Bees are bred by Northumberland Honey Co on the Cumbria/ Northumberland border in the Irthing Valley.
 
We offer two different lines of bees, Northumberland Dark Bee or Northumberland Buckfast from VSH (varroa sensitive and hygienic breeder queens)
 
Queens are also now available to pre-order for the 2022 season.
 
Queens are always sent on a next day delivery service. Please check the individual listings for queens on the shop for live availability.
Order process for buying Queen Bees

Please visit the Queen page on the online shop to order.  Select your delivery week and delivery day.

Queen Bees For Sale | Queen rearing Northumberland Honey

Nucleus Colonies

Bees for Sale as Nucleus colonies cover 5 frames on British Standard National Frames.
We are currently reviewing our position on selling nucleus colonies. Due to our significant expansion of queen breeding in the last couple of seasons and our own demand for nucleus colonies and bees to stock mating nuclei and queen cell raisers. 
 
If overwintered nucleus colonies become available we will open the sales of these in spring 2022 and are not currently taking pre-orders. Please keep an eye on the website.
Nucleus Colonies For Sale | Bees For Sale
Package Bees For Sale

Package Bees For Sale

Package bees are offered for sale for collection at the end of May each season. Made from our own bees and queens we make these packages from 1.5kg of young bees.

Perfect for stocking foundationless hive systems, such as warre and top bar hives, package bees are very versatile. They can also be used for starting bees on completely fresh combs.

Package bees are produced by us only on limited numbers each year as we utilise a significant number of young bees ourselves to stock our own mating nucs for queen rearing. However we are always increasing the number of package bees we produce to help provide a quality source of package bees from the UK and help to reduce reliance on imports of bees generally.

We are not taking pre-orders for packages, availability on Package Bees will be made live on the website in Spring 2022, availability will be dependent on our own needs for bees which we can only assess in spring. Please keep an eye on the website.

Disease Assurance Scheme in Honeybees (DASH)

Northumberland Honey Co are members of the Bee Farmers Association, and are members of the Disease Assurance Scheme in Honeybees ensuring the highest possible quality of bees.

Northumberland is also lucky in that it has one of the lowest rates of notifiable brood disease in the country with both European and American Foulbrood virtually unheard of in our area. You can review this on the disease incidence map on bee base.

Coupled with our closed system of not collecting swarms, buying in bees nor migrating our bees outside of our area we are hopeful to retain this low disease status. 

Bee Health and DASH | Disease Assurance Scheme in Honeybees

Bees For Sale