Nucs and colonies sales have now stopped for the rest of the season. This will give us time to check and prepare next years colonies. Thank you to all our customers this year and we’ll be taking pre-orders for nucs very shortly.
Queens should still be available for the next 3 weeks or so but these are in small numbers so it is first come, first served.
It has been a very busy season for us and demand for bees has been higher than ever this year. However, everything must come to an end and so must sales of colonies. Availability of nucs and full colonies will end at the end of this week and any remaining colonies can be collected/delivered by the end of July. This will then give us time to organise next years nucs and we can take pre-orders from September onwards as usual.
Queens are still available for the next few weeks.
we are now booking in everyone who has placed an order for overwintered nucs and colonies. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY EVERYTHING BELOW:
We will be contacting you via Email to arrange a day for you to collect or have the bees delivered if you prefer. We will follow up with a phone call if you do not have email or we have not heard from you. Please reply back to the email rather than phoning in. we have 100s of orders to book in and emails are far easier to keep track of.
You can collect any day from Tuesday 25th April onwards (expect Sundays) and you can choose any day that suits you best. collection is between 9am-5pm. If you know roughly when you will arrive, please let us know as it will help us look after the bees while they wait for your arrival. For those how have paid deposit only, you can settle on collection or you can pay beforehand, just let me know you would like to do this when you get your email. Also if there is any equipment you need at the same time, again, let me know and i can get it ready for you. On hot sunny days (yes, British weather does give us some) or if you have a journey longer than a few hours, a bottle of water is recommended so you can keep the bees hydrated during the journey. A bee suit should not be required as the bees will be securely closed up before you get here but carrying one in your vehicle is perhaps a good idea, just in case. The bees can go in the boot of the car or the back seat but please make sure you have made enough space to put them somewhere. Collections are from Paynes Bee Farm ltd, Wickham Hill, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9NP
we always recommend collecting bees as it give us a chance to run through instructions on what to do when you take them home but sometimes we are just too far away. Deliveries are sent at your risk! they are sent on a pre-9am delivery to minimise transit times for the bees. When you get the booking email, just let us know that you want them delivered. delivery days are Tuesday-Friday, we can not do weekends or Mondays. Payment for delivery and any other final payments will need to be settled ASAP.
A Final Note:
Again, please reply to the email you get rather than phoning. We have 100s of orders to get booked in and it is easier to track when emailed. Please also bear in mind i will reply as soon as possible as i work through the booking in process – BUT i will reply to you to confirm dates.
Nucs and colonies have, so far, come through the Winter months well. We don’t want to be ‘counting our chickens before they hatched’ yet as March is a critical month for the bees and the weather can be good, but also cold and wet. Today was a nice sunny start so a good opportunity to peek under the lids and check for food stores. We liked what we saw but it is still too cold and too early to be doing proper inspections and removing frames.
Currently, we have pencilled in collections and deliveries for the end of April:
for both nucs and Queens but we have said, it all depends on the weather over the next 4-5 weeks. End of April is a safe bet as I think I remember only 1 year in the past 20 years where they were later than that before they were ready. If they are ready sooner, then we will be letting everyone know. I know many of you are starting to get excited about your bees arriving, don’t worry, we are looking after them
We overwintered hundreds more nucs this Winter compared to last in our continuing effort of trying not to run out of nucs each year before April. Because of this we do still have overwintered nucs available for sale, however they are going fast so be quick if you still would like a nuc for Spring.
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.