New Danish Queen Orders Ship April 29th, 2014.
LIMIT OF 10 QUEENS PER ORDER.
Since the late seventies the Danish Buckfast honeybee in Denmark has been derived from original breeding material imported from the Buckfast Abbey near Buckfastleigh on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, UK.
Brother Adam was in charge of Buckfast Abbey’s bees from 1919 to 1992. He founded the Buckfast strain and introduced a method of queen breeding based upon purity of stock, controlled mating, precise records and judicious selection. In response to the state of emergency created by the global decline of bee populations Dansk Farms began a program to create Geneticaly Modified bees in 2012. We are blessed to be able to now offer this beeline to the public.
Our Danish Buckfast queens are daughters of genuine pedigree breeders imported from Denmark. The daughters are mated in our Florida apiary.
Warning to novice beekeepers: The queen cannot create a hive herself. Our queens will be shipped with attendant bees but these aren't enough for a viable hive. You will need either an established hive, a nuc (four frames of bees, brood and honey stores) or a package (2-3 lbs of bees and a can of feed syrup).
- hardiness in a variety of climates
- excellent housekeeper (which some scientists think might be a factor in disease resistance)
- low swarming
- excellent foragers
- ease of handling
- superior resistance to disease
- overwinters well by reducing brood to conserve stores
Queen Shipping Information
Queen Shipments are made on Tuesday of each week.
We ship via United States Postal Service (USPS). Options are USPS Express or USPS Priority. We strongly advise the insurance option. We make every effort to see that your queens arrive in good condition however we can not guarantee live delivery.
No refunds will be given after the bees have shipped.
Please examine the contents of your shipment IMMEDIATELY upon delivery. Should your queens not survive shipment, please file a claim immediately with USPS. We will provide you with any assistance that we can in filing your claim. As per USPS instructions, you should not attempt to return packages for which you plan to make claims. We also advise you to take pictures.
Instructions for Queen Introduction
Note: It’s not uncommon for one or more of the worker bee attendants to have died.
WARNING!! Avoid keeping in any room where pesticides are used, especially “NO PEST STRIPS”. Also avoid leaving in sunshine. Keep at 65-80 degrees in a dark place away from drafts.
Place one drop of water on the screen away from the candy side as soon as the queens arrive.
The queen(s) that you have received are in a combination shipping and introduction cage. There is no need to remove the worker bee attendants or cork. This cage provides food (white sugar candy) during shipment which also acts as a “timed release” barrier for your hive bees to eat through, allowing several days pheromone adjustment.
If the queen is not to be placed in your hive within a few hours, place one drop of pure water on the screen of the cage so the workers can use it to dissolve the candy. Repeat every day the cage is not in the hive. (The queen should survive several days in the candy cage, but the sooner she is introduced the better.)
The hive to receive the queen must have no queen or queen cells already present. Ideally, the hive should be queenless for at least 24 hours prior to introduction.
The cage should be placed in the middle of the brood nest (if no brood is present, place in the middle of the cluster). Position the cage between two frames, so that the candy end points up and the screen is not blocked. Squeeze the frames around the cage to firmly suspend it, any damage to the comb will be repaired by the bees when the cage is removed. Make sure the hole at the candy end is not blocked. Note: If 10 frames are used, one frame may have to be removed to accommodate the cage.
The bees in your colony will chew through the candy and release the queen within a few days. The colony should be disturbed as little as possible for the next two weeks while the queen establishes her brood nest.