well the season seems to be over so soon after it took so long to get started. Now we are preparing the colonies for winter, making sure they are going into the cold months with plenty of food and are looking nice and healthy. We are now taking orders for overwintered Nucs which will be available from Spring 2017.
Ok, we have tried to make contact with everyone. If you have an outstanding order for bees with us, please email us so we can get you booked in for collection.
ok, the time has come to arrange collections/delivery days for the overwintered Nucs and Full Colonies. If you ordered before 2nd Feb, please keep an eye on your inbox for an email. See below for details:
We have had huge demand for bees this year and for the first time ever we have sold out of Nucs before the season has ended. we are still taking nuc orders but it is to go on a waiting list in case we are able to make more nucs than expected. This will all depend on what sort of season we end up having. Queens are still available for sale though.
This week has given us the first opportunity to do a proper check inside some of the nucs. The colonies are looking ok but the cold spells during March have meant that in most cases the Queens have only really started laying in the last week or so. Even though many nucs have lots of bees, the brood area is still only a tiny patch over 2 or 3 frames. Certainly a big difference compared to last year! However, now Spring does appear to be here so the bees should start to expand as expected as the newer, younger bees start to hatch. We are still on schedule for April but we would say another 4 weeks or so before they will be full size and ready to dispatch. We have pencilled it in for week beginning 30th April but of course, if we can dispatch sooner, we will:
Only a few Overwintered nucs are left for sale now. Once they have been sold we will start working on this years nucs which should be ready in June.
It is only January but the new season is fast approaching already. We have new Queens arriving to us mid-end of April and we can take orders for your requirements now. Italian, Buckfast, AMM and Caucasian will be arriving, with the Carniolans later in May. Our own local bred Queens should be available again in May so we will take orders for those later in the Spring.
It has been a busy day today, setting up a new Apiary site for 2016 season. Thankfully the sun was out for our enjoyment.
We are now taking pre-orders for Spring 2016. Packages, Nucs & full colonies all available. We are also offering a new nuc – 1 with 12 frames so the colony is even more established and ready to go straight into a full hive with Supers – honey producing from the get-go.
The Season is drawing in fast towards the end so this will be our last lot of Queens available. we expect them to be all sold by Monday so if you need 1, then get your order in quickly.