Our queen bees are available from early October to mid March each season.
Queens are normally Courier Posted to you at an agreeable time that
suits both of us. Suggestions for successful introduction are included with
the package. Our annual production is limited to 5000 mated queens and many
clients order up to 12 months in advance, so immediate availability is often
The other option is to use 9 or 10 day old Queen Cells, which are generally
more readily available, cost effective, and with good conditions, are highly
We have been supplying mated queen bees for over 28 years.
Our bee stocks
are known for their mountain vigour and easy temperament.
We have participated in the NZ Bee Genetic Improvement Group and buy in
stock from selected New Zealand locations to provide a greater genetic base
for evaluation and selection of breeder queens.
We are also Instrumentally Inseminating queens to assist in our breeding
process and will rear cells from your own breeder if requested.
New research has proved that queens last longer if left in mating nucs for
over 3 weeks before caging. (4 weeks preferred). As this affects the
economies of our Queen Bee production, our prices have been adjusted to
reflect the increased costs of slower turn around times in mating nuclei.
We are very confident that the benefits to you far outweigh the increased
costs incurred in the initial purchase of the Queens.
$32.00 each plus courier, plus GST
$5.00 over wintering surcharge September - October
2.5 % Discount on 50+
5.0 % Discount on 100+
7.5 % Discount on 500+
Terms: Cash sale - payment in advance please unless by prior arrangement Direct Credit/Visa or MasterCard preferred
1. Locate and remove old queen.
2. Open cage door at candy end by cutting out plastic tab to expose candy.
3. Place cage in a horizontal position between two frames of brood.
The ventilation holes top & bottom must not be blocked off.
Bees will chew through candy to release queen. The slow release gives colony time to become accustomed to her pheromones.
Check for successful introduction one to two weeks later by sighting queen or
freshly laid eggs. Disturb the hive as little as possible.
The queen should be introduced to the hive as soon as possible after receipt. She will normally have been in transit 2 - 3 days from point of caging. With care, the queen will be fine in the cage for 5 - 7 days but the sooner she is hived, the less stress she will be under.
If unable to introduce immediately - In hot dry conditions keep queens in a cool dark place and give one small drop of water daily. In cold conditions keep at comfortable room temperature. Do not use any pest strips, flyspray etc. Check every day and remove any dead attendants.
Removing the old queen the previous day and introducing the new queen the following late afternoon usually produces a very good rate of acceptance and is what we recommend.
Removing escort bees just prior to introduction is helpful but not strictly necessary.
If your hive has been queenless for more than 2 - 3 days check and destroy all queen cells.
When making a division or split, always ensure the old queen is not in the split into which you are introducing the new queen.
Add capped brood if your hive has been queenless for a long time.
Do not check for successful introduction too early. It is better to delay a little as it takes the hive a while to fully accept their new queen. If disturbed too soon they may turn on their new queen and kill her. (Balling the Queen)
REMEMBER - regular re queening is an important part of colony management and to make the best of quality queens you need to follow good beekeeping practices.
Thank you for purchasing our queens. We welcome your comments and wish you good results.
John & Judy Dobson 1 January 2012