Packaged Honeybees

Tasmanian Packaged Honeybees

$237.00$290.00


Base Rate
$237 ea (1 KG) / $280 ea (1.5 KG)


Bulk Rates (Please Call or Email):*

  • 10 – 19 QTY: $228 ea (1 KG) / $265 ea (1.5 KG)
  • 20-49 QTY: $226 ea (1 KG) / $261 ea (1.5 KG)
  • 50-99 QTY: $224 ea (1 KG) / $259 ea (1.5 KG)
  • 100+ QTY: Call for pricing.

* Bulk rates available for cash, debit, cheque, e-transfers & direct transfer payment only.

 

NOTE: If you add packaged bees to your cart you will only be able to select pick-up at check out. If you want to order items to ship, please order those as a separate transaction.

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Page last updated February 24th, 2020.

 

Pick-Up Schedule:
Subject to possible changes.

Ladner (Vancouver area)
March 12th: 8 am - 8 pm
March 13th: 8 am - 8 pm

Saanich (Victoria area)

March 12th (Early): 8 am - 1 pm
March 12th (Later): 3 pm - 8 pm

Tasmanian Package Details

Details

These packaged honeybees come from the island of Tasmania in Australia, and are an excellent and affordable option for beginning or building your apiary. They come in box-style packages (see product image) with a caged queen included.

Tasmania is one of the last regions in the world without varroa mites, and this allows us to guarantee these packages as mite free. This will help delay the growth of mite populations in your new colonies.

Queens are of Carniolin descent. Carniolin queens tend to produce colonies that adapt well to colder, wetter climates and shorter seasons. We have found they are a good fit for BC.

Quick Facts

  • Pick-up in Ladner: March 12th & 13th.
    Pick-up in Victoria: March 12th.
  • Mite-Free!
  • Carniolin queens in cages.
  • Box-style packages.
  • Available in either 1 KG or 1.5 KG sizes.
  • Ladner or Saanich (Victoria) pick-up.
  • This is our 2nd year supplying Tasmanian bees. We had a good first year with consistently positive feedback.

Package Sizes

There are two sizes of Tasmanian packages available: 1 KG & 1.5 KG. This weight difference represents the number of bees included in the package. While more often seems better there are advantages & disadvantages to both depending on your style of beekeeping.

  • Our most affordable package option.
  • Excellent for beginners who want a slow start, and/or for beekeepers looking to minimize need for hive splits or swarm control.
  • Slower to build up compared to the 1.5 KG option.
  • Although more expensive, a lower cost per KG.
  • This is a great option for beekeepers who want to perform splits and grow their apiary rapidly. The extra bees will make a huge difference for early colony growth.
  • Higher risk of swarming if growth not monitored closely.

Pick-Up Locations

Tasmanian packages will be available for pick-up from 2 locations: from our Urban Bee Supplies store in Ladner, BC (near Vancouver), and from Country Bee Honey Farm in Saanich, BC (near Victoria). Unfortunately we are not able to ship packaged bees.

Pick-ups in Ladner, BC will take place at the Urban Bee Supplies store location at 6721 Ladner Trunk Road, Delta, BC.

There will be 2 days to pick-up after package arrival, currently these dates are set as follows:

  • March 12th: 8 am - 8 pm
  • March 13th: 8 am - 8 pm

Please note there may be wait times & line-ups due to high customer volume during package pick-up days.

We will be able to fill orders on package pick-up days, but we strongly recommend pre-ordering. This is because package pick-up has priority and it may take us some time to pick new orders.

Pick-ups in Saanich, BC will take place at the Country Bee Honey Farm store location at 6440 West Saanich Road, Saanichton, BC. Due to additional costs incurred to transport honeybee packages from YVR to Victoria for pick-up, an additional $10 charge applies to each package. This charge can be reduced for 20+ packages, please call or email for details.

There will be 1 day to pick-up after package arrival. Pick-up will take place on March 12th during the below hours:

  • March 12th (Early): 8 am - 1 pm
  • March 12th (Later): 3 pm - 8 pm

Please note that Country Bee Honey Farm operates only as a pick-up location for us and is not otherwise affiliated with Urban Bee Supplies. As such you must pre-order any supplies you would like to pick-up with your packages as we have no inventory at this location.*

*Possible exception: we may be able to send over pollen patties and some other feed products for pick-up day, however this is not guaranteed and we recommend pre-ordering just in case.

Pre-Payment & Deposit

For all orders under 20 packages full pre-payment is required to reserve. Please see the 'Rates' tab for details on 20+ packages.

Taking full payment for packages allows us to better serve customers on pick-up days. With substantially fewer transactions to be completed this greatly lowers wait times for customers, and allows staff more time to answer questions or fill last-minute orders.

Please note that each package reservation includes a $30 non-refundable deposit. For more details see below.

Each package pre-payment includes a $30 non-refundable deposit amount. If you cancel a package reservation at least 7 days before pick-up you will be refunded fully minus the $30 deposit. This is regardless of package type.

For example, if you reserve 2 Australian packages for $235 each and later have to cancel your order, you will be refunded $205 per package.

If you cancel less than 7 days before pick-up day you may only be refunded 50% of your total pre-payment if we do not have a wait-list. If you cancel the day of delivery or afterwards you may not receive any refund.

Please note that in the unlikely scenario that we are unable to supply your package order due to any unexpected supply issues or losses in transit, and we are unable to provide a supplemental bee supply option to your satisfaction, we will issue a full refund including deposits.

Please note that we track package priority based on the date of reservation by customers, with the exception of customers engaged in beekeeping as a business who depend on timely package arrival.

This system of priority would be relevant in cases of significant losses in transit or other extreme circumstances that result in under-supply of packages on a scheduled delivery date, and is unlikely to be relevant.

In the unlikely scenario of a package shortage for a scheduled delivery date we would typically be able to provide a supplementary shipment soon after to make up the difference for customers, or otherwise provide a close alternative; if these options are not available or convenient to customers we are able to issue a full refund.

Temporary postponement of a delivery is not considered a package shortage as the exact date of delivery is always subject to possible change.

After Reserving

After making your reservation we will send confirmation of your order via email. We will also provide updates as we receive details including more definitive delivery dates and pick-up times.

At some point after reserving we will also send an email with package installation instructions and tips, as well as a reminder to place equipment & supply pre-orders prior to package pick-up.

Please note that pick-up dates and times are always tentative and subject to change; this is due to the many ongoing factors that can effect final supply time (for example weather, freight delays, etc). Once pick-up times are set we encourage you to continue keeping an eye on your email in case of last-minute changes. This includes right up until the day of delivery as last minute issues or delays are always possible.

Package Pick-Up Details

Currently Tasmanian package pick-up dates are set as follows:

Ladner (Vancouver Area)

  • March 12th: 8 am - 8 pm
  • March 13th: 8 am - 8 pm

Saanich (Victoria Area)

  • March 12th (early): 8 am - 1 pm
  • March 13th (later): 3 pm - 8 pm

Please note that you do not necessarily need to install your packages on the day you pick-up, and they can be kept overnight in their package for installation the next day. Packaged bees can be comfortably stored at cool temperatures in dark conditions (for example a garage or basement). That said, we do encourage as prompt installation as possible after pick-up.

It is usually safe for bee packages to travel with you inside of an enclosed vehicle. The packages are built to be fully contained so there is no risk of bee escape unless the package is damaged.

However in the interest of simple caution we encourage customers to bring their protective bee clothing with them, as well as a light blanket or sheet that could be put over a package if needed. This ensures you will have options in case of unlikely scenarios such as accidental damage to the package or stragglers on the outside of packages (for example if a package is damaged in transit and leaks, sometimes loose bees will land and hang in small numbers on other boxes).

If you are picking up in a truck and will be transporting bees in the truck bed, you will want to have a way to keep them securely in place such as a strap or rope. You will also ideally have some sort of cover available in case of poor weather on the day of pick-up; cool temperatures are rarely an issue, but pouring rain may be.

With all types of transportation ventilation will need to be maintained (no blocking of air flow), temperatures kept cool rather than warm, and moisture exposure minimized. This is especially important for longer distances of travel, so if you are coming from out-of-town and/or will be travelling for multiple hours with your packages, please keep these needs in mind.

Due to risks to honeybee health and limited options for extended care of honeybees in packages we strongly encourage customers to make every effort to arrange for pick-up within the determined dates and times of pick-up. Our policies below for extended holding are based on the presumption of customer obligation for making pick-up arrangements for livestock in a timely manner.

Ladner Pick-Up:

If after the 2 day pick-up period we still have packages and have not been able to establish contact with the reserving customers we will attempt to re-sell them as quickly as possible to ensure quick hiving, and we do not guarantee any amount of refund to the initial customer. If a customer misses the pick-up dates and times this will result in a total release of all liability and obligation by us to this customer with regards to the health of the packages held, and any ill effect observed after this time will not result in any compensation or supplementation.

If due to exceptional last-minute circumstances you are unable to pick-up during this period and you have contacted us as soon as possible we may agree to accommodate an extended holding period. However we will insist on total release of all liability and obligation with regards to the health of the packages held, and any ill effect observed after this time will not result in any compensation or supplementation.

Notwithstanding the release of liability and obligation above we always strive to maintain the health of bees kept in storage and attempt to ensure their comfort, proper ventilation, and regular and adequate feeding. This care will of course extend to packages we hold beyond the initial 2 day pick-up period.

Please note that while we can occasionally accommodate customers due to exceptional circumstances that come up last minute, we will not knowingly arrange an extended holding period in advanced.

Saanich Pick-Up:

As this pick-up occurs at Country Bee Honey Farm which operates only as a pick-up location for the set day of pick-up, we are less likely to be able to accommodate any special circumstances delaying pick-up. It will be our priority in this case to find an alternative solution for any packages as soon as possible unless some special arrangement can be made, however any decisions will need to be made on a case-by-case basis.

For any packages not picked-up after the pre-determined day of pick-up at Country Bee Honey Farm, regardless of whether we are notified in advanced by the customer or not, this will result in a total release of all liability and obligation by us to this customer with regards to the health of the packages beyond this point, and any ill health effects observed after this time will not result in any compensation or supplementation. We do not guarantee any amount of refund to customers who do not pick-up during the set pick-up date.

Installing Packages

When installing box-style honeybee packages, you can either cut the mesh siding and pour them from the side, or remove the top feeder and pour them through the top hole.

We will provide detailed installation instructions, tips and suggestions via email prior to pick-up, including video reference(s).

Package installation is a relatively straightforward process, but if you are a new beekeeper you will want to take time to make sure you have everything you'll need ready to go. Ideally you will have already taken a beginner beekeeping course, or at least will be doing so soon after installation.

On the day of installation you will want to have with you:

When we send an email with package installation instructions we will include more detailed queen handling recommendations for your package installation.

Each package comes with one queen in a cage. This cage will be hanging inside of the package by a wire or mesh attachment which allows her to be easily pulled out at the time of installation. Hanging a queen inside of the package this way minimizes the chance of damage to her, and allows the packaged bees to get used to her.

The queen cage is first removed from the package before introducing the rest of the bees. She is then inspected to verify she is alive and healthy; this is an important step as any queen issues will want to be recognized right away.

Once queen health is confirmed, her cage is introduced to the hive along with the rest of the packaged honeybees. At this time, the queen cage plug will be removed and replaced with a candy plug. This allows her to be calmly released to her colony after the candy plug is chewed through. We will have candy plugs available for your queen cage(s) at the time of package pick-up.

Please note that a very small percentage of queens die in their cages while in transit. As such, it is important to inspect your queen cage right away during your installation. We are provided a small number of extra queens for replacement purposes. This is for queens found dead on package opening, not after installation.

If you are ordering a larger number of packages from us we typically will supply some percentage of replacement queens at the time of pick-up. For Tasmanian packages we expect to be able to supply 2% extra queens.

If you are ordering a smaller number of packages we will still be able to provide replacements provided packages were transported safely and installed in a timely manner. Please keep the cage with the dead queen and reach out to us and we will be happy to help arrange a replacement once we confirm the situation.

If you find a queen dead in her cage please proceed with the package introduction normally, minus adding the queen. Colonies will survive for a good amount of time without a queen, and we should be able to provide your replacement within an adequate time-frame.

Please note that qualifying replacement queens are free of charge, but if you need it shipped additional shipping charges will apply. Replacement queens will be shipped express within BC for $25, fully at customer risk (no insurance is possible for honeybee shipping).

Additional conditions apply for the replacement of dead queens; please review the Terms tab for full details.

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Special Note: It does often occur that packages with queens dead in their cages are not actually queenless. We have found that in some cases the reason for the death of the queen in the cage was due to there being a loose queen in the package (accidentally installed), resulting in neglect of the caged queen.

In cases where installing the replacement queen fails and you find the colony shows signs of laying, or the colony otherwise behaves like its queenright, that colony may happily not be in need of a replacement queen after all.

We encourage customers to keep this in mind as a possibility when introducing any replacement queens provided, as it may explain a failed introduction.

Please note that upon introducing your package you will typically need to introduce sugar syrup feed and pollen patty. This will definitely be necessary in the case of a brand new hive with no honey or pollen on the frames, and consistent feeding will be necessary to prevent starvation and guarantee honeybee health and growth.

We recommend feeding even if you have irradiated honey and pollen frames available as this will stimulate the colony to build up and increase queen laying. This is important to help quickly raise an adequate amount of young bees to replace the older workers that came in the package. This is especially important in early Spring when foraging conditions are often not optimal.

1 KG Package Rates

Base Rate:
Cash, debit, credit card, cheque or e-transfer.
1-9 QTY Rate:
 $237 each

Bulk Rates:
Cash, debit, cheque, direct transfer, or e-transfer.
10-19 QTY Rate: $228 each
20-49 QTY Rate: $226 each
50-99 QTY Rate: $224 each
100+ QTY Rate: Please contact us!

Saanich (Victoria):
Victoria Delivery:
+$10 per package.*
* For orders of 20+ packages we will reduce Victoria delivery price. Please contact to discuss.

Bulk rates not available online. Please contact us to arrange reservation & payment and we would be happy to help!

Phone: 604-364-1993
Email: sales@urbanbeesupplies.ca

1.5 KG Package Rates

Base Rate:
Cash, debit, credit card, cheque or e-transfer.
1-9 QTY Rate:
 $280 each

Bulk Rates:
Cash, debit, cheque, direct transfer, or e-transfer.
10-19 QTY Rate: $265 each
20-49 QTY Rate: $261
each
50-99 QTY Rate: $259 each
100+ QTY Rate: Please contact us!

Saanich (Victoria):
Victoria Delivery:
+$10 per package.*
* For orders of 20+ packages we will reduce Victoria delivery price. Please contact to discuss.

Bulk rates not available online. Please contact us and we would be happy to confirm your reservation!

Phone: 604-364-1993
Email: sales@urbanbeesupplies.ca

Please note that prices are subject to change without notice.

If you reserve your packages at a certain price, and prices are then raised, your original rate will be honoured.
This is provided we have already received your required pre-payment/deposit amount.

If you reserve your packages at a certain price, and prices are then lowered, we will arrange a refund for the price difference at that quantity.
You will receive this refund of the difference even if you received the Early Bee Sale rates.

As such, there is no downside to reserving early as you will never miss out on a lower rate!

To reserve 1-9 packages we require full pre-payment. Each package pre-payment includes a $30 non-refundable deposit amount. If you cancel a package reservation at least 7 days before pick-up you will be refunded fully minus the $30 deposit.

For example, if you reserve 2 Australian packages for $235 each and later have to cancel your order, you will be refunded $205 per package.

If you cancel less than 7 days before pick-up day you may only be refunded 50% of your total pre-payment if we do not have a wait-list. If you cancel the day of delivery or afterwards you may not receive any refund.

Please note that in the unlikely scenario that we are unable to supply your package order due to any unexpected supply issues or losses in transit, and we are unable to provide a supplemental bee supply option to your satisfaction, we will issue a full refund including deposits.

To reserve 10-19 packages we require full pre-payment. Each package pre-payment includes a $30 non-refundable deposit amount.

For example, if you reserve 10 Australian packages for $232 each and later have to cancel your order, you will be refunded $202 per package.

If you cancel less than 7 days before pick-up day you may only be refunded 50% of your total pre-payment if we do not have a wait-list. If you cancel the day of delivery or afterwards you may not receive any refund.

Please note that in the unlikely scenario that we are unable to supply your package order due to any unexpected supply issues or losses in transit, and we are unable to provide a supplemental bee supply option to your satisfaction, we will issue a full refund including deposits.

To reserve 20-49 packages we require 50% minimum pre-payment. We will require full payment to be received later at least 2 weeks before the date of pick-up. Please note that we will not make packages available for pick-up or send them to the Saanich pick-up location before receiving full payment.

Each package pre-payment includes a $30 non-refundable deposit amount. If you cancel a package reservation at least 7 days before pick-up you will be refunded fully for your pre-payment amount minus the $30 deposit.

For example, if you reserve 30 Australian packages which are $230 each, you will initially pre-pay $115 each per package. If you later have to cancel your order before sending us full payment, you will be refunded $85 per package ($115 payment minus $30 deposit).

If you cancel less than 7 days before pick-up day we reserve the right to retain the full 50% pre-payment amount. If you cancel the day of delivery or afterwards you may not receive any refund.

Generally it is our policy to issue a full refund minus deposits in all cases provided we are able to make alternative arrangements for your ordered quantity of packages. We only reserve this right to retain an amount above the non-refundable deposits for cases where a last-minute cancellation results in oversupply and we cannot accommodate without incurring significant costs.

Please note that in the unlikely scenario that we are unable to supply your package order due to any unexpected supply issues or losses in transit, and we are unable to provide a supplemental bee supply option to your satisfaction, we will issue a full refund including deposits.

To reserve 50-99 packages we require just the $30 non-refundable deposited amount per package. We will require full payment to be received later at least 2 weeks before the date of pick-up. Please note that we will not make packages available for pick-up or send them to the Saanich pick-up location before receiving full payment.

If you make payments beyond the $30 per package amount and then cancel your order you will be fully refunded minus the $30 deposit per package.

For example, let's say you reserve 50 Australian packages which are $226 each and just provide the deposit of $30 each per package. If you later have to cancel your order, you will not be issued any refund for that deposited amount.

However if you had fully pre-paid for the 50 packages at $226 per package and then later cancelled at least 7 days before the date of pick-up, you would be refunded $196 per package.

If you cancel less than 7 days before pick-up day we reserve the right to refund only 50% of your total pre-payment. If you cancel the day of delivery or afterwards you may not receive any refund.

Generally it is our policy to issue a full refund minus deposits in all cases provided we are able to make alternative arrangements for your ordered quantity of packages. We only reserve this right to retain an amount above the non-refundable deposits for cases where a last-minute cancellation results in oversupply and we cannot accommodate without incurring significant costs.

Please note that in the unlikely scenario that we are unable to supply your package order due to any unexpected supply issues or losses in transit, and we are unable to provide a supplemental bee supply option to your satisfaction, we will issue a full refund including deposits.

To reserve 100+ packages we require just the $30 non-refundable deposited amount per package. We will require full payment to be received later at least 2 weeks before the date of pick-up. Please note that we will not make packages available for pick-up or send them to the Saanich pick-up location before receiving full payment.

If you make payments beyond the $30 per package amount and then cancel your order you will be fully refunded minus the $30 deposit per package.

For example, let's say you reserve 100 Australian packages and just provide the deposit of $30 each per package. If you later have to cancel your order, you will not be issued any refund for that deposited amount.

However if you had fully pre-paid for the 100 packages and then later cancel your order at least 7 days prior to the date of pick-up, you will be fully refunded for the cost of each package minus the $30 non-refundable deposit amount.

If you cancel less than 7 days before pick-up day we reserve the right to refund only 50% of your total pre-payment. If you cancel the day of delivery or afterwards you may not receive any refund.

Generally it is our policy to issue a full refund minus deposits in all cases provided we are able to make alternative arrangements for your ordered quantity of packages. We only reserve this right to retain an amount above the non-refundable deposits for cases where a last-minute cancellation results in oversupply and we cannot accommodate without incurring significant costs.

Please note that in the unlikely scenario that we are unable to supply your package order due to any unexpected supply issues or losses in transit, and we are unable to provide a supplemental bee supply option to your satisfaction, we will issue a full refund including deposits.

PACKAGED BEES Terms & Conditions

Proceeding with an order for packaged bees is taken as acknowledgement that the below terms and conditions have been understood and that you are in agreement with them.

All package pre-payments include a $30 non-refundable deposit per package. If you have to cancel a package reservation with us, we will grant a refund for each package reservation canceled minus the $30 deposit for each package. For example, if you reserved 2 packages at $250 each for a total of $500, and later cancel your reservation for both packages we will provide a refund for $440 and retain the $60 non-refundable deposit amount.

At all quantities ordered, barring special alternative terms being established at the time of ordering, full payment must be received no later than 14 days before the set expected date of delivery. After this time if payment has not been received we reserve the right to cancel a package reservation order either partially or fully and/or require renegotiation of terms of sale including pricing.

Upon receiving the required pre-payment amount for your given quantity of packages ordered we consider you to have reserved a spot for the selected package shipment. Upon providing this pre-payment we will provide confirmation of your reservation and we will begin providing updates via email as we get closer to the delivery date. Although we will set more specific dates as time goes on, at no point can we guarantee that the expected delivery dates will not change. This is due to the nature of livestock production and the shipping process involved.

If a delivery date has been set, and you cancel less than 7 days prior to delivery, we reserve the right to provide only a refund of 50% of the total cost of the quantity of packages ordered. If you cancel your order on a package delivery day or afterwards we reserve the right to provide no refund and fully retain the pre-paid amount. If you order and pre-pay for packages and they are not picked-up within the set pick-up dates we reserve the right to provide no refund and fully retain your payment.

If you cancel a package reservation and a refund is issued to you, and then at a later date you reserve packages with us again for the same shipment, we will require payment in full again. We will not provide a credit for any amounts withheld from prior cancellations.

Upon package arrival, we will make packages available for pick-up for a specified length of time; this time frame will be provided as far in advanced as possible once we receive expected delivery dates and times of the packages to us.

We will provide packaged bees feed and the best care we can until they are picked up. If you choose to pick them up after the designated pick-up period we will continue to care for them but we DO NOT guarantee their health and if colonies begin to experience attrition (such as some amount of colony loss, stress-related symptoms such as dysentery, etc.) we will not provide any form of refund or supplementation. We highly encourage customers to pick-up in the set time frame. We will provide extended hours as appropriate, depending upon the date of delivery.

If your bees arrive and are not picked-up, and we have not heard from you by the end of the designated pick-up period after attempting to contact you, we may attempt to supply the packages to another customer or otherwise utilize them for our own purposes.

We are released of all liability and obligation with regards to the health of honeybee packages if they are not picked-up within the pre-established pick-up time frame, and any ill health effects observed after this time will not result in any compensation or supplementation.

If a customer does not receive communications from us despite our attempts using the contact information we were provided we will not at a later date provide refunds, credits, supplementation of packages or compensations for any costs incurred that directly or indirectly resulted from communication non-receipt. This includes the missing of package pick-up dates, payment deadlines, etc.

Due to the realities of livestock production we cannot guarantee the number of packages ordered by us will always be provided. Although unlikely, the possibility of production issues on our supplier’s side may result in some amount of our order being canceled. In the very unlikely circumstance this does occur we will provide customers with the option of switching to another shipment and/or receiving full refunds. We have not had this occur to us so far, but due to the nature of livestock production it is a possibility (possible reasons for undersupply would be extreme weather issues, disease outbreak among or near source populations, natural disasters, etc.)

Once packages are shipped to us by our supplier we DO NOT guarantee their safe arrival. There is always a possibility of losses in transit, and while losses in transit are rare they can & do occur. This is an unavoidable risk of livestock transportation. If losses do occur, we will supply to as many customers as possible packages/nucs that are in good health. If we are unable to supply to some customers, we will work to the best of our ability to arrange for a supplementary shipment or transfer their reservation to an upcoming shipment. In the unlikely scenario we are unable to secure supplemental packages or nucs to customers to their satisfaction, we will provide a full refund including the non-refundable deposit.

Once packaged bees are picked-up the conditions they experience are no longer in our control. As such upon a customer picking-up and travelling off-site, we will consider the packages to be received by the customer in good health and to their satisfaction. If packages appeared healthy upon pick-up and at any later time or date negative health effects occur we do not guarantee any form of compensation or supplementation.

We will not provide any amount of refund or supplementation in cases where packages have non-optimal outcomes after installation; for example: slowness to build-up, queens with non-optimal laying patterns, early queen supercedure, the appearance of dysentry or other symptoms of stress or illness or infestation, low productivity, etc.

If packages are transported safely and installed in a timely manner, and the customer finds upon opening the package that the included queen cage contains a dead queen, we will attempt to provide one free replacement queen. We must be informed as soon as possible after the dead queen is discovered, and we may require the queen cage be brought in or a picture/other media be sent to us showing the dead queen. Replacement queens will only be provided in cases where the queen was dead upon first opening the package, and NOT at any point after installation.

We will attempt to provide one free replacement queen for each dead queen discovered in her cage upon first opening, however if introduction is unsuccessful we reserve the right to charge for any additional queens past the first free replacement.

If shipping of any replacement queens is required, additional charges for the shipping of the free replacement queen(s) will apply. The replacement queen(s) will be shipped via an express method. Any replacement queens shipped will ship fully at customer risk without insurance. Notwithstanding any projected cost for shipping that we may quote verbally or via any written mediums we reserve the right to increase queen shipping costs as deemed necessary to recover costs. If a replacement queen dies in transit we can provide another replacement subject to availability; we reserve the right to charge for any additional queens past the first free replacement, and shipping charges will be applied in each case.

We will not provide any amount of refund or supplementation in cases where there is difficulty successfully introducing a replacement queen to an installed package that had arrived with a queen dead in her cage.

Any queen cage candy plugs are provided as a courtesy and are not to be considered part of any packages purchased.

While Urban Bee Supplies may provide recommendations and suggestions for the handling and installation of livestock, proceeding with the order of any livestock products from Urban Bee Supplies is taken as full acknowledgement by the customer that handling and installation of livestock products and any outcomes is fully of customer responsibility. Due to the possibility of misunderstanding and/or exceptional circumstances Urban Bee Supplies is acknowledged by proceeding with any livestock order as having no liability or obligation with regards to the handling and installation process, and any instructions provided are understood by the customer as suggestions to the best of staff knowledge and as having been provided separately (not as a part of) the livestock product itself.

Proceeding with the order of any livestock products from Urban Bee Supplies is taken as fully acknowledging the inherent risks of livestock proximity, engagement and handling (including stings and/or any other possible injury), and the customer fully taking responsibility for these possible outcomes resulting from their engagement, proximity and handling of these livestock products. This includes acknowledging the possibility of exposure to contact with livestock where attempts have been made to minimize or eliminate such direct contact, for example in the case of packages where they are meant to be fully enclosed and self-contained. This also includes acknowledging the inherent risks in transporting of livestock and the customers full responsibility for addressing these risks.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Due to time constraints we have just started on this sections and will be adding as time goes on and we encounter questions. In the meantime we are happy to answer any questions you may have directly! Please feel free to reach us here:

sales@urbanbeesupplies.ca
604-364-1993

These queens are not marked.

This answer seems to vary slightly depending on the source, but 8000 to 10000 bees per kg is the approximate range.

Yes, all queens will have been mated and proven before being caged and introduced to packages.

('Proven' means that she was observed to have already been laying prior to her being caged.)

Queens typically take 1-2 weeks to begin laying. However they can sometimes begin almost immediately or begin significantly later. In fact, we have experienced cases where a queen was reported as not laying until nearly a month after package installation, though this is very rare.

Some factors that could effect how soon the queen starts laying include:

  • Something slowing down her release from her cage. For example, the candy hardening and taking a long time to chew through, or the candy plug being covered by wax.
  • Queens being released onto frames that have limited space for laying, for example frames that still need to be drawn out or that are already filled (with honey, pollen).
  • Food not available for feeding brood (for example, limited pollen or pollen patty present in the hive at time of introduction).
  • Colony stress or illness; for example, if packages are introduced into unseasonable weather.

Tasmania is still known to be a mite-free region, and it is highly regulated against the possibility of outside introduction of the varroa mite.

Please note however there is a pest called the Braula fly present in Tasmania that has a similar size and colouration of the varroa mite and can sometimes be found in Tasmanian packages. See FAQ below on the Braula fly for more info.

The braula fly is a minor pest of honeybees. It is of a similar size and colouration as the varroa mite, and has in previous years been found in packages from Tasmania and in some instances been mistaken for varroa mites.

It is not considered harmful to the honeybee colonies it inhabits: it has a very minimal impact, and does not harm bees or brood in any stage. The braula fly appears to struggle to survive in Canada (perhaps due to climatic reasons, or due to the use of treatments such as formic acid).

For more information, the Australian Bee Aware site is an excellent reference: https://beeaware.org.au/archive-pest/braula-fly/#ad-image-0.

Even though Tasmanian packages will come varroa mite-free, they still should be monitored for mites throughout the season and beekeepers should expect they will likely need to provide at least some sort of mite-control later in the season.

While arriving to Canada mite-free will help guarantee a slower build-up of mites at the start of the season, the newly installed colony can still be exposed to mites from other bees in the environment throughout the year.

Best practice is always to test for mite levels regularly, and be prepared to provide mite control if needed.

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