Thursday, August 21, 2008

Queen Availability


To see availability and to TRACK on a SMARTPHONE mobile device type this address into it or install App by clicking on queen bee picture  below and then on the  DOWNLOAD APP button..

   Click on Queen Bee to download  App for  http:// on Android Smartphone

The dates to the left indicate the start of the week when the Queens are sent out from the Greek bee breeding station to the UK.
Following that is the number of Queens that are still available for ordering.
Dates and numbers may be added to during the season.The quantities are only approximations and can change by the day during the season as events change, rationing, weather conditions, change of orders and cancellations, non payment etc. It is best to check the main web site as immediately any information is received from Greece it will be posted.
Do not make up nucs or de-queen until notice is seen that Queens have been *mailed to
beekeepers in the UK. If rationing is mentioned you may not receive any Queens. For safety keep any frames of young bees and brood over a queen excluder ( but queen right) until the Queen is with you.
*To help with planning, the mobile device site will be updated once queens are posted out to customers, with the beekeepers initials and the number and race(s) of queen bees sent to that individual.

Demand is heavy in the Spring. An ideal time for using Queens is after the honey flow which
allows plenty of young bees to go into winter and a flying start the next season with no
delay. That Queen will still be good for at least two full seasons.
The Queens should be with the beekeeper 24 to 48 hours after they have been mailed from the
UK.Follow the Parcelforce or DHL tracking number provided for a live confirmation of the shipment.
NOTE. Due to the increasing number of queen bees that have been ordered and not paid for, they will now only be posted once payment has been received and cheques cleared.
On no account can BICKERSTAFFS be held responsible for failures on introduction.
Bickerstaffs only guarantee a live mated Queen Bee. If it arrives dead it must be immediately posted back.
Payment can be sent by cheque or on request with PayPal or Bank Transfer . An E Mail payment request invoice is sent which directs purchasers of Queen bees- Cage-Vaporizer-Nucs- CD & DVDs to the site which accepts online transactions in many forms.You do not have to be a PayPal member . If special guaranteed next day delivery is required for Queens , then £6.54 should be added to the cost. An E Mail with the tracker number can be sent.
On request a PayPal payment e mail for between 1 to 2 queen bees can be sent (£1.00 per queen charge ), to allow on line payment. Larger numbers of queen bees requires cheque payment to avoid PayPal charges or, on request, Bank Transfer ( Act No and  Sort Code will be sent to you) so saving on PayPal charges . Queen bees will only be posted once payment has been received.

QUEENS Available
* BuckfastxCecropia* Apis mellifera Ligustica* Apis mellifera Carnica* Apis mellifera Caucasia* Apis mellifera Cecropia* Apis mellifera Macedonica * Apis mellifera Mellifera

2020    Prices and Availability

   1. April   13th             Sold Out
   2. April   20th            Sold Out
   3. April   27th            Sold Out                     
   4. May    4th                  46                                  
   5. May    11th               80
   6. May   18th               80                        
 7 . May    25th              80      
 8.  June    1st               70        
   9.  June   15th             70
10.   June 22nd             70
11.   June 29th              70
12.   July 6th                60
13.   July 20th             60
14.   August 3rd          50
15.  August 17th         50 
16.  August 24th        50     

            1-9             £34.95                                                      

         10-19            £34.45        

          20-49           £33.95 

         50-99            £33.45

        100+              £32.95       

All prices inc Post and Marking   Blue
Last updated Friday  February 14th  2020

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 *Final field of the order form simply copy the numbers you see with a space
On submission it will automatically confirm the order has been sent.

A further confirmation of your order will also be sent within 24 hrs.

Alternative simply send an E Mail with your details.

76 Buckingham Road
L31 7DP

Tel:  0151 5264532  

E Mail

If a race other than the BuckfastxCecropia cross is required please order at least ten days
Should the weather be poor when the packet arrives simply place the cage in a dark place at
room temperature 60-70f day and night.Do not spray them or allow the bees to become wet,
only give a small smear of water from the fingertips if the weather is hot.Replace candy if
need be and tease out any dead attendants through the hinged side hole.In an emergency add
your own YOUNG NURSE bees(tending open brood)to care for the queen.
On introduction the travelling cage can be used but your own Butler cage/ hair roller/mini
nuc/ BICKERSTAFFE cage etc is better. Remove ALL attendant workers- introduce to young bees
if possible.If no honey is coming in...feed.
Wasps are a great danger to a mild tempered bee. Place traps off fermenting fruit out from
early July on and put entrance blocks in before the flow is over.If you suspect robbing move
the hive to a shady spot and keep bees confined for a week during introduction.
Varroa, Acarine & Nosema are endemic - control. 
Leave at least a week if you check for acceptance, which should be at dusk and use a sugar
spray on the bees (rather than smoke) taking care she is not balled. If all is well leave the bees alone until the queen is surrounded by her own progeny. Disturbing too soon after introduction can leave to balling of the queen or supersedure.
You can send an E mail with the dates you wish if the numbers on the left hand side
indicate available Queens, or use the phone,post or order form link on the left hand side.
By post simply make cheque payment to BICKERSTAFFS along with any special delivery
instructions ,required dates,numbers and race of Queens .
An information pack can be sent on request.

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