Estimated Arrival Time to Our Store, for Pick-up & Shipping
Please note: that all of the below times are estimated unless otherwise noted, and even once dates are set they are subject to change, at times on short notice. This is due to the inherit risks involved in international livestock transportation, weather and other factors disrupting queen rearing and picking, and other apiculture and transportation variables that can disrupt plans from time to time. However generally once a tentative pick-up/shipping date has been set any variations from then on are slight.
- Approx. April 26th: Carniolins from Chile
- Approx. May 3rd: Buckfasts from Italy (NEW!)
- Approx. May 12th: Carniolins from Chile
- Approx. May 19th: Carpathians from Ukraine (NEW!) — This shipment is not yet confirmed, but we have an order for this date if it goes through.
- Approx. June 2nd Buckfasts from Italy (NEW!)
- Local Queens (Marked, produced in Langley):
- 1st Batch: Approx. May 15th
- 2nd Batch: Approx. May 25th
- 3rd Batch: Approx. June 4th
- 4th Batch: Approx. June 14th
- 5th Batch: Approx. June 24th
- 6th Batch: Approx. July 4th
- 7th Batch: Approx. July 14th
- 8th Batch: Approx. July 24th
- 9th Batch: Approx. August 3rd
- 10th Batch: Approx. August 13th
Shipping: All queen shipments will be available to ship unless otherwise noted. They will be shipped PRIORITY in ventilated boxes via Canada Post and will be trackable. There is NO insurance on live bees provided by Canada Post. Queens will be shipped out so as to ensure the shortest time possible in transit; for example, if they arrive on a Friday we will wait until Monday to ship them to avoid them waiting over the weekend in the postal system.
How we care for queens arrived to us: When queens arrive to our location they will receive care appropriate to the circumstances and time of year.
- Typically imported queens that arrive early in the season will generally be kept in the box they arrived in, in a stable room temperature location, in dim or dark conditions, receiving daily light feeding of sugar water until picked up or shipped. We encourage pick-up as soon as possible. We will also ship as soon as possible while still allowing the shortest amount of time in transit, which means we will likely wait until after weekends to ship.
- Typically local queens will be put into a queen bank upon arrival, allowing some extended time for pick-up and last minute sales. They are cared for by the surplus of young nurse bees maintained in the queen bank.