Link to order form for 2017 queens. * We are no longer guaranteeing new orders for mated queens. Queen cells will be readily available for local pickup. If you are interested in a queen cell or would like to be on the waiting list for a mated queen, please fill out the form.
If you need a queen in an emergency, please read our page - Help! I need a Queen! First.
Five Frame Nucs - First come first serve for 2017
Information on 5-Frame Nucs - New for 2017
We are expanding our own apiary this year, and shifting our focus to queens, so we will be using most of our splits internally. We anticipate that we will still have extra nucs, but we will not be taking deposits/pre-orders for them.
We plan to sell many of our overwintered nucs, and will first contact those who ordered queens/nucs last year but were unable to get them. We will then send out a notice to our mailing list. We will list the nucs when they are ready and available, and sell them to those who are able to get them when they are ready.
We will also continue to post nucs to the Northern Bee Network Facebook Sales Page. This is a free sales/swap page for selling local bees.
If you get nucs/packages from somewhere else, don't despair! You can still have a colony with our great Northern genetics.
1. Get a package from wherever you can
2. Order a northern queen from us to be ready mid-summer.
3. Requeen with a northern queen, and go into winter with local bees!
If you aren't comfortable with this process, we plan to have materials, clinics, and consulting to help you through.
Northern Queens - Available !
2017 Northern Queens
Every season start raising queens in Michigan as soon as we can, which requires enough mature drones for them to get happily mated, usually around mid-May. We will continue to raise queens as long as weather allows (through August, and sometimes into September).
Update June 13, 2017 - We are no longer guaranteeing pre-orders for mated queens. Queen cells will be available, but mated queens are now limited.
Update April 18, 2017 - I've seen only a few drones, and none mature yet, so I'm still waiting to start raising queens.
If you are looking for queens for May splits, we most likely won't have them available. We will have queen cells available on a first come-first serve basis, so feel free to call/email to see if cells are available, once I've started queen rearing.
If you are looking for a large number of queens at once, please let us know as soon as you can. We can accommodate larger orders with advance notice (please email email@example.com for bulk pricing).
We may not have emergency queens on hand at all times, as we will be filling orders first. Please call for availability, or consider keeping an extra queen in a nuc (clinics available) so you will never be left in a beemergency.
To pre-order queens, please use the form here.
2017 Queen prices
Mated queens - $35 ($25 each for orders of 10 or more)
Virgin queens - $20
Queen Cells - $10 (call for bulk discounts).
Shipping is available in hard cases for mated and virgin queens (not yet available for queen cells). Queens are shipped via USPS, and prices are variable, but generally about $25) for up to 20 queens.
We are doing our absolute best to find bees that can thrive in Northern climates and that can handle the varroa mite. It is our goal and passion to bring better bees into Michigan. We ask that you please do your part too, and take care of your bees. If you choose to purchase our bees, please make sure that they always have sufficient food, and that they do not become over run with varroa mites or other diseases. We love our bees, and want them to thrive, and to contribute to a HEALTHY honey bee population in Michigan. Happy Beekeeping!