Please call us for current pricing. We quote in Canadian currency. Shipping quotes are available upon request.
Nucs come with 2 frames of brood and bees (approximately 3000 bees) 1 frame of honey and a foundation. Each nuc comes with a mated laying Buckfast queen. We send instructions with each nuc purchased to help you get established. You should have a honey crop of it the first year.
Queens are all from Buckfast lines and open mated. We have several different mother lines. We test each season and for hygienic and breed from overwintered queens that have the qualities we want. Gentleness, brood building, honey production and other characteristics.
Price per mated queen is $60.00 for 2022. Breeder quality are $700.00 when available.
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership has a special program to diversify and build beekeeper business capacity that provides a grant of $30.00 per queen. To apply, go to Advancing Beekeeper Business Capacity.
For USA orders, there will be brokerage and inspection fees and a veterinary certificate is included.
In August of 2019, all queens from Canada, including our Buckfast
queens were restricted from being shipped into the USA. Prior to that,
my business supplied a wide range of beekeeper clients throughout the
USA. Through this we followed all requirements of the USDA working
closely with the provincial apiary inspectors and veterinary export
officers with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
When the border closed in 2019 we were assured it was only a temporary
measure. Since then we have had conflicting and incomplete information
on why the boarder was closed. To our knowledge no clear scientific reason on why queens produced in Canada are any different than queens raised in the USA .Over 200,000 queens are exported to Canada on a yearly basis from the USA and no virus testing is necessary. Our best understanding is that the USDA/APHIS is concerned about the presence of slow paralyses virus and Deformed wing Virus C, although no evidence has been provided for this by USDA/APHIS. My understanding is that the Canadian Food
Inspection agency has provided an extensive review and summary of the
pest and diseases of honey bees in Canada. This was based on
information summaries of inspection and surveillance conducted by the
provincial apiary programs and extensive multiyear pest and disease
surveillance from researchers and government. Those summaries
demonstrated that slow paralyses virus is not present in Canada.
Furthermore, it is recognized that deformed wing virus C is present in
We understand the USDA/APHIS role in protecting the honey bee population
in the USA however this must be based on science and risk frame work
recognized at the international level.
With the 10 day time frame and the proposed requirement to conduct viral
analysis for each shipment is neither feasible nor appropriate. We
would like to continue to supply our clients with bee stock that is
recognized by the industry and has undergone all necessary inspections to meet export requirements .We would also like a comparable export time frame to that of US queen producers shipping to Canada.
The process of opening the US border to queen exports is withthe USDA/APHIS. Any help you can give would be appreciated.
If you wish, you can arrange for pick-up.
Queen cells are available for pick-up only.