Northern Queen Week of June 7
These queens will be delivered or available for pick-up the week of Wednesday, June 7th. You will receive tracking via email once the queen has been shipped. All queens are marked (the mark color for 2017 is yellow).
Please note there are two shipment methods to select from. Ground shipment is typically one day to New England and surrounding areas and offers delivery Tuesday through Saturday. Price for ground shipment is $22 for up to 20 queens. We suggest overnight shipping if you want guaranteed overnight shipping or are not in New England, New York, New Jersey, Delaware or eastern Pennsylvania. The overnight option offers overnight shipping of queens to the entire US and offers delivery Tuesday through Friday. Price is $33.00 for up to 20 queens.
There are NO REFUNDS on queen order cancellations.
Queen acceptance depends on several factors beyond our control and for this reason we are only able to offer replacement if the queen arrives dead or if she is a drone layer.
About Northern Queens:
Our locally raised northern queens are available starting in June. The goal is to provide young, vigorous, locally adapted queens well acclimated to our northern weather conditions. The emphasis in all of the breeding programs is on selection for desirable traits, rather than striving for a pure, specific breed of bee. We select for winter hardiness, disease resistance, temperament and honey production. These queens are excellent for re-queening a hive or preparing nucs to be overwintered.
Factors Important for Queen Introduction:
Know the queen status of the hive. Hives with virgins or queen cells will often kill introduced queens.
Place the queen cage between frames, preferably between frames containing brood.
Hives that have been queenless for several weeks may develop laying workers. Consider adding a frame of young brood 1 or 2 days prior to queen introduction.
Check carefully for queen cells and remove at the time of introduction.
Push-in cages are one method that works very well for introducing queens.