AVAILABILITY— We have New World Carniolan queens (mated and marked) still available–these are from California and are some of the genetics we use out our other yards, and they have performed well. Our locally mated queens are available June through beginning of August (sold out now for 2022), $35 each. We will offer early mated queens starting in April and May for next year. Queen cells available late April through late June. Queens and queen cells are generally picked up at our location outside of Carlisle, PA. Pennsylvania and nearby customers can order shipped queens using our website. If you are located outside of Pennsylvania, contact us for a shipping quote, as we only use 1-day shipping–we are not shipping outside of PA again until 2023.
PRICING:— $35 for a mated queen (marking is always included). Volume orders of 5 or more will receive a discount automatically during purchase process. Veterans, beekeepers with disabilities, and young beekeepers will also receive a discount (contact us for discount code).
QUEEN GENETICS–We use Artificially Inseminated (AI) breeder queens for our queen grafting (this can also be referred to as instrumentally inseminated). Our open-mated PA Carniolan queens are grafted from VSH (Varroa Sensitive Hygiene) Carniolan breeder queens from VP Queen Bees, which are artificially inseminated to keep more specific genetics. Current grafts are from an overwintered breeder queen–she is fantastic! This does not mean you do not need to monitor (and treat when needed) for mites. Our outlying drone areas have queens from other well-known quality breeders (with Caucasian and Carniolan queens) to ensure good genetic diversity and other traits that we value.
QUEEN CELLS–We will also have queen cells from late-April through late-June (except for special requests), for pick-up only. You assume any risk when purchasing cells, once they leave our property. They must be ordered in advance by contacting us. Pickup dates are very specific for queen cells. No deposit, payment when picked up. These cells are ready to be installed as soon as possible, not kept in an incubator. You should have a queenless nuc or colony ready the day before picking the cells up, as these are 10 days from grafting (Pricing: 1-4 cells, $10 each; 5-9 cells, $9 each; 10-19 cells, $8 each; 20-30 cells, $7 each). If you are ordering 50 or more cells over the season from us, contact us for pricing. We include a JZ BZ queen cell protector. Bring a way to keep cells warm and safe (like a lunch cooler with a hot water bottle and foam or packing peanuts to avoid vibration).
OUR GUARANTEE–We want you to be happy with our bees, and if you follow our installation instructions, and your new mated queen is not laying or you’re unhappy with the purchase within 15 days from your purchase, you can have a replacement queen or money back.