** Sold Out For Season **
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 inherent 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.
April 26th: Carniolins from Chile — SOLD OUT May 6th/7th: Italians from California (Brand: Olivarez) — SOLD OUT May 11th/12th: Buckfasts from Italy (NEW!) — SOLD OUT May 20th/21st: Carniolins from California (Brand: Olivarez) – SOLD OUT May 21st: Carpathians from Ukraine (NEW!) — Pick-up May 21st/2nd, Ships Tuesday, May 25th – SOLD OUT June 10th – Buckfasts from Italy (NEW!) – SOLD OUT June 10th: Carpathians from Ukraine (NEW!) – SOLD OUT August 10th: Carniolins from California (Olivarez) — SOLD OUT August 25th: Carniolins from California (Olivarez): — SOLD OUT
- Local Queens (Marked, produced in Langley):
1st Batch: Approx. May 15th –SOLD OUT 2nd Batch: Approx. May 25th – SOLD OUT 3rd Batch: May 29th – SOLD OUT 4th Batch: Approx. June 5th- SOLD OUT 5th Batch: Week of June 14th – SOLD OUT 6th Batch: Approx. June 26th — SOLD OUT 7th Batch: Approx. July 3rd — SOLD OUT 8th Batch: Approx. July 10th — SOLD OUT 9th Batch: July 16th — SOLD OUT 10th Batch: July 30th. — SOLD OUT 11th Batch: August 14th — SOLD OUT 12th Batch: ~August 27th/28th — SOLD OUT
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.