Our Bee Breeding Work
Since 2015 we have been helping to address a shortfall in quality home bred UK queen bees for sale.
We utilise Instrumental Insemination to produce our breeder queens and to test out new breeding combinations for years ahead. Selecting from in excess of 200 colonies every year a number of queens to rear drones and queens for our breeding programme.
The benefits of selection and breeding has been very clear to us. For example since 2015 we have been able to increase our average honey yield per hive from 20kg to over 50kg.
Our Queen and Drone Mothers
Utilising Instrumental Insemination we can try out new breeding combinations and assess breeding a season or two ahead. Although the vast majority of our queens are open mated, we find Instrumental Insemination a really useful tool when aiming to improve the qualities of the bees we can produce.
On the whole most of our queen and drone mothers have been instrumentally inseminated and assessed over the course of 1-2 years before being brought forward to the main breeding efforts in spring.
Each year we offer a limited number of instrumentally inseminated queens for sale, these are highly sought after and sell out quickly, often being pre-order the season before, so if looking for one of these queens, please order in good time to avoid disappointment.
We offer both our Northumberland Buckfast and Northumberland Dark Bees for sale as Virgin Queens as well as Mated Queens.
Virgin Queens are posted on the same day as hatching to ensure they arrive with you around 24-48 hours old. The perfect age to introduced into your own mating nucs.
Coupled with the fact virgin queens are cheaper, these queens may be more of an economical solution for you.
Please note we have now stopped pre-orders for virgin queens for the 2021 season as we have finished grafting.
Pre-orders for the first virgin queens of the 2022 season are now live. If looking for early virgin queens please book quickly as these are often limited in number and sell out quickly.
We use Apidea Mating Nucs, finding mating success to be strong, and being able to fully assess queens laying patterns prior to dispatch. Matings are acheived naturally on the whole, working from 40 drone rearing colonies. 20 Buckfast type around our Buckfast mating apiary, and 20 Dark bee type drone rearers around our Dark bee mating apairy.
We have both Mated Queens for Sale and Virgin Queens for Sale as well as instrumentally inseminated Queens for Sale.
Shipping of Queens
Buy a Queen Bee
Buckfast Queen Bee | Mated Buckfast Queen Bees For Sale£40.00 Select options
Northumberland Dark Queen Bee | British Black Queen Bee | Mated Queen Bees For Sale£40.00 Select options
Virgin Queen Bee | Virgin Queen Bees For Sale£18.50 Select options
Instrumentally Inseminated Queen Bee£105.00 Select options